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Information for SPIE Photonics West authors and presenters

Important news: Photonics West moves to 6-11 March
The new 2021 dates provide more space at The Moscone Center to accommodate the program and the exhibition as we implement new meeting guidelines and requirements. We will be working hard to ensure a safe and productive opportunity to meet together, following health and government guidelines. We hope you will plan to join us – a few weeks later than usual – in 2021. Read the SPIE COVID-19 response

Authors and presenters will receive more information soon about timelines and other important details.

New abstract submission date: 26 August
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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Important Dates

Prepare to Present at the Conference

Present a Better Paper

Prepare and Submit Your Manuscript

View the BiOS conference


Biophotonics, Biomedical Optics and Imaging

View the LASE conference


Industrial Lasers, Laser Sources and Applications

View the OPTO conference


Optoelectronics, Photonic Materials and Devices


Important Dates

Abstracts Submission Deadline 26 August 2020
Acceptance Notification Sent to Contact Author 2 November 2020
Manuscripts Due (Conferences OE506, and OE801-OE803 Only)  20 January 2021
Manuscripts Due (All Conferences EXCEPT OE506, and OE801-OE803)  16 February 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 account)