• Photonics West
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    BiOS Expo
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    Industry Program
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    SPIE Event Policies
    For Authors and Presenters
    Abstract Submission Guidelines
    Oral Presentation Guidelines
    Poster Presentation Guidelines
    Manuscript Submission Guidelines
    For Chairs and Committees
    For Photonics West Exhibitors
    For BiOS Expo Exhibitors
The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
23 - 28 January 2021
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Information for SPIE Photonics West authors and presenters

The Call for Papers is open. Explore where your research best fits – browse the programs below to find a conference that most closely matches the topics in your abstract. Ready to submit your research? View Submission Guidelines

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Biophotonics, Biomedical Optics and Imaging

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Industrial Lasers, Laser Sources and Applications

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Optoelectronics, Photonic Materials and Devices


Important Dates

Abstracts Submission Deadline 15 July 2020
Acceptance Notification Sent to Contact Author 21 September 2020
Manuscripts Due (Conferences OE506, and OE801-OE803 Only)  9 December 2020
Manuscripts Due (All Conferences EXCEPT OE506, and OE801-OE803)  5 January 2021


Prepare to Present at the Conference

• Apply for a visa and/or request an invitation letter

• Apply for an SPIE Student Author Travel Grant

• Register for the conference

• Prepare poster presentations: Poster Presentation Guidelines

• Prepare and upload oral presentations: Oral Presentation Guidelines and Upload Instructions

• View the SPIE Anti-Harassment Policy and SPIE Code of Conduct

Presentation Questions? Contact Author Help

Present a Better Paper

Make the best presentation possible – take one of these online courses from SPIE:

• Making the Most of Your Presentation

• Structuring Your Research Paper

These courses are free for SPIE Members.

Prepare and Submit Your Manuscript

• SPIE Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Manuscript Questions? Contact the Proceedings Coordinator (listed in SPIE.org account)