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The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
23 - 28 January 2021
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SPIE Photonics West hightlights

It was a busy week
Each year more than 22,000 people attend the premier event for the photonics and laser communities. They come to hear cutting-edge research, find the latest products and services, and network with thousands of other like-minded individuals. 2020 was another great event.

Take a look at the photo galleries to see highlights of the 2020 conference, you may even see yourself or someone you know.

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Winners announced 5 February 2020

2020 Prism Awards Call for Entries

Prism Awards

The Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation is a leading international competition that honors the best new optics and photonics products on the market. Winners were announced on 5 February, during Photonics West 2020.

2020 Startup Challenge application is open

Startup Challenge

The Startup Challenge is a global competition where entrepreneurs with light-enabled products have 5 minutes to pitch their businesses to a team of judges and vie for over $85,000 in cash, prizes, and promotion. See winners

Watch the plenary presentations

Top speakers delivered the latest breakthroughs and inspiring stories

SPIE Photonics West always features top speakers delivering world-class presentations on important topics—from adaptive optics to optical coherence tomography. However, the hot topics and pleneary speakers are not the only presentations we are excited about in the 2020 program. Make sure to get these must-see speakers on your calendar early and be on the lookout for other interesting presentations as you browse the 2020 program. 

BiOS Plenary: Spying on the Secret Lives of Cells

Eric Betzig

Eric Betzig
Univ. of California, Berkeley and Howard Hughes Medical Institute
(United States)
and 2014 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics

Read the 2019 SPIE article From Cosmology to Biology to learn about adaptive optics, Eric Betzig's work, and how the lessons from macro were applied to the micro.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Presentation: Gender, Race, and Power

Angela Saini

Angela Saini
(United Kingdom)

Read about race science in the 2019 SPIE article Angela Saini: Addressing Race Science to learn more about this important topic from a science journalist who holds a master's degrees in engineering and in science and security.

Entrepreneur Program Healthcare Keynote: Engineering the Future of Health

Bruce Tromberg

Bruce Tromberg
National Institutes of Health
(United States)

Read about Bruce Tromberg on the rise of biophotonics, merging multi-disciplinary approaches, and his new role at the NIH in the 2019 SPIE article At the Nexus of Contemporary Science.

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