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Optica Laser Congress and Exhibition

Special Events

Event name Sunday, 08 October Monday, 09 October Tuesday, 10 October Wednesday, 11 October Thursday, 12 October Friday, 13 October
Welcome Reception 17:30 - 19:00
Canceled - Exploring LaserNetUS Research Opportunities: Funding, Access and Upcoming Proposals 13:00 - 14:00
Student Paper Poster Reception 17:30 - 19:00
Optica Laser Congress Banquet 18:30 - 22:00
Farewell Toast 15:30 - 16:30
The Story of Pacific Northwest Coffee Tour 09:00 - 11:00

Welcome Reception

Sunday, 08 October 17:30 - 19:00

Greater Tacoma Convention Center

Join your fellow attendees as we begin a week of illuminating technical content and networking conversations. The welcome reception is where leading minds in photonics gather to ignite ideas and forge connections. 

Canceled - Exploring LaserNetUS Research Opportunities: Funding, Access and Upcoming Proposals

Monday, 09 October 13:00 - 14:00

Science + Industry Showcase Theater

LaserNetUS, a consortium of cutting-edge,  high-intensity laser facilities, is committed to advancing laser science and applications across diverse scientific domains. This session provides a comprehensive overview of LaserNetUS, encompassing access, recent initiatives and opportunities for community engagement. The session also previews the forthcoming call for proposals, which offers researchers valuable resources and support for pioneering experiments.
We will delve into LaserNetUS's mission, highlighting significant scientific and technical milestones. We also provide guidance on the process of applying for experimental time at LaserNetUS facilities, emphasizing our dedication to facilitating open access for students and researchers. Since its establishment by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 2018, LaserNetUS has enabled a wide range of interdisciplinary experiments, from the exploration of high-energy density phenomena to the advancement of biomedical research. 

Join us to explore research opportunities in high-intensity laser science offered by LaserNetUS.


Chandra Breanne Curry, USA;California

Student Paper Poster Reception

Tuesday, 10 October 17:30 - 19:00

Science + Industry Showcase (Exhibition)

Engage with the brightest young minds as they unveil their groundbreaking work. Help celebrate the innovations, collaborations and boundless potential of the next generation of scholars.

Optica Laser Congress Banquet

Wednesday, 11 October 18:30 - 22:00

Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock Street, Tacoma

The Museum of Glass is a premier contemporary art museum dedicated to glass and glassmaking in the West Coast's largest and most active museum glass studio.

Join fellow Optica Laser Congress attendees at the highlight event of the week. Dine in the Grand Hall with its unique design in glass, steel and concrete and tour the galleries and Hot Shop where you can watch artists create works from molten glass.

When registering for Optica Laser Congress, please purchase a ticket to join in the festivities.

Farewell Toast

Thursday, 12 October 15:30 - 16:30

Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Ballroom A (Outside Hallway)

Please join us in a toast to a week full of great conversations and innovations.

The Story of Pacific Northwest Coffee Tour

Friday, 13 October 09:00 - 11:00

Anthem Coffee

Sip, savor and explore the rich coffee culture of Tacoma on our captivating Coffee Tour, which covers eight city blocks of the best coffee shops the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Immerse yourself in the city's vibrant café scene as we journey through aromatic blends and artisanal brews and uncover the stories behind each cup. Let the enticing aromas and flavorful experiences awaken your senses on this caffeinated adventure.

Purchase tickets when registering for the Optica Laser Congress.

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