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    SPIE response to COVID-19

    SPIE knows the COVID-19 pandemic has created a challenging new normal for most. It is also clear that everyone’s situation is different. We know that our community includes not only researchers and engineers but also parents who may now be caring for children at home and employees whose jobs and lives are now more complicated.

    In this environment, SPIE will continue to serve the entire optics and photonics community and provide offerings that are both valuable and convenient to use.

    We have updated our publishing policies to recognize the complications some are experiencing. We have also lowered our Digital Library subscription rates to reflect the changing budgets many institutions will be facing.

    We recognize that conditions are uncertain, so we continually monitor local and global guidance leading up to each SPIE conference. The health and safety of our attendees and staff come first, and we will not hold an event until these issues are appropriately addressed. When we cannot hold an in-person event, we will transform the event into a Digital Forum. Please see the event homepage for the current status of individual events.

    We’re continuing to plan for in-person meetings knowing that the situation will eventually improve, and our community will be ready to come together. We will do our part to create a safe venue. At the same time, we continue to develop Digital Forums as a reasonable substitute to meet your needs for information sharing, learning, exhibitor interaction, and community building that are all vital to our industry.

    The SPIE family extends best wishes to you, your colleagues, and your families as we navigate these uncharted waters together. After this health crisis passes, we look forward to gathering our community together for productive and enjoyable events where you and other scientists, engineers, students, researchers, and businesspeople will help create a bright future. You may read the perspective of SPIE president John Greivenkamp regarding this unprecedented time here.