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Industry Events

Grow your business network at an Optica industry event.

Access quality information, unparalleled professional networking, and unique opportunities to grow your business at Optica industry events.

We offer a variety of in-person, virtual and hybrid events—both stand-alone, and at major conferences and exhibitions. These include dedicated workshops and forums on key optics and photonics topics, special funding events, and intimate networking dinners. Participate in an Industry event to advance your career and your company’s bottom line.

Check back frequently as new events are continually being posted. Past events—both live and virtual/on-demand—can be viewed by clicking the “Past Events” tab below.


Industry Events Calendar

Optica Advanced Manufacturing Alliance at Focuslight Switzerland

25 - 26 Jun 2024
Neuchâtel, Switzerland

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Optica Online Industry Meeting: Cancer Diagnostics and Treatment

25 Jun 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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Optica Online Industry Meeting: PIC Manufacturing, Packaging and Testing

27 Aug 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join our online industry meeting focused on the dynamic world of Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) manufacturing, packaging, and testing. This event brings together industry leaders and innovators from across the PIC manufacturing ecosystem. We will delve into the significant transformations that packaging and testing of PICs have undergone to align with mass manufacturing demands, akin to the approaches seen in CMOS microelectronics. Emphasis will be on exploring strategies for achieving high throughput and yield, crucial in today's rapidly evolving technological landscape.

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CIOE 2024

11 - 13 Sep 2024
World Exhibition and Convention Center
Shenzhen, China

The 25th China International Optoelectronic Exposition (CIOE) will be held from September 11 to 13, 2024, at the Shenzhen World Exhibition and Convention Center. 

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Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science

23 - 26 Sep 2024
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, Colorado USA

Optica Executive Reception at ECOC

23 Sep 2024, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Frankfurt, Germany

Optica Online Industry Meeting: Energy

24 Sep 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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Global Photonics Economic Forum 2024

01 - 02 Oct 2024
FYCMA, Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions
Málaga, Spain

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Optica MedTech Industry Summit at CHUM Hospital

08 - 09 Oct 2024
CHUM de Montréal, Amphithéâtre Pierre Péladeau
Montreal, Quebec , Canada

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Optica Laser Congress and Exhibition

20 - 24 Oct 2024
Grand Prince Hotel Osaka Bay
Osaka, Japan

This conference provides a comprehensive view of the latest advances in solid state laser development along with recent new applications. Of high interest are the high order nonlinear effects made possible by the development of ultra-high brightness and high power radiation sources. Also covered are other sophisticated applications of numerous highly capable solid state sources and associated devices for free space and quantum communications, LIDAR for autonomous vehicles, beam steering, materials modification such as laser peening, micro-machining, and brittle material processing. The exhibition features the latest products resulting from these advances.

Optica Photonic-Enabled Cloud Computing (PECC) Industry Summit at Synopsys

22 - 23 Oct 2024
Sunnyvale, California USA

Optica-APC Industry Summit - The Premier Annual Event for Leaders in Cloud Computing Technologies So that both attendees and speakers can speak freely and interact in-person, we will not be recording or offering an online participation. Join us at Synopsys - 675 Almanor Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94085. Optica Industry Summits are 2-day programs that feature panel presentations, in-person networking opportunities, and external company visits and tours. Optica is partnering with APC to host the third annual Cloud Computing Industry Summit. It has a focus on bringing companies together in the supply chain to discuss the innovations and deployment of optics in data center applications and beyond. Users and system integrators will give their views about the technology trends, timelines, and what’s needed from the optics community as the industry migrates from face-pluggable transceivers to optics co-packaged with switch electronics. What’s already here? What’s coming? What’s missing? We look forward to connecting!

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Optica Online Industry Meeting: VR

22 Oct 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join our online industry meeting dedicated to the field of Virtual Reality (VR), a domain that extends far beyond its gaming origins to reshape daily life and societal interactions. This event is a prime opportunity for photonics and optics companies to discover expansive business prospects. As VR technology advances into wider applications, the demand for innovative solutions in headset design is soaring. Key areas for development include reducing headset weight and cost while enhancing visual metrics like field of view, frame rate, and latency. These enhancements are not just improvements; they are gateways to new markets and applications.

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Optica 2024 Quantum Industry Summit - Third Edition

19 - 20 Nov 2024
M Shed Princes Wharf
Bristol, United Kingdom

The Optica Quantum Industry Summit is back, this time for its third installment! This year's edition elevates the event to new heights by taking place in Bristol, hosted by the University of Bristol, recognized as one of the global capitals of quantum technologies.

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Optica Online Industry Meeting: LIDAR

19 Nov 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Connect with peers and partners at our online industry meeting focused on the diverse applications of powerful LiDAR technology, encompassing areas like automotive, robotics vision, remote sensing, mapping etc. This event is designed for businesses on all levels across the supply chain involved in the LiDAR ecosystem, from component providers to system integrators.

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Career Accelerator (Europe)

08 - 12 Dec 2024
INSELHOTEL Potsdam-Hermannswerder
Potsdam, Germany

To compete and succeed in the optics and photonics field today, students and early career professionals need to develop skills inside and outside the lab to understand how to utilize their expertise in this ever-growing and changing sector.

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Optica British and Irish Conference on Optics and Photonics

18 - 20 Dec 2024
IET London: Savoy Place
London, United Kingdom

BICOP is a flagship conference on optics and photonics in the UK and Ireland, reporting on disruptive advances in optics and photonics across diverse fields. The primary purpose of the 2.5-day conference is to showcase the UK and Ireland’s world-leading research and development in optics and photonics to global stakeholders with a proper balance of industry and academia. </br></br> For general information, email <a href = "mailto:"></a>

Optica Online Industry Meeting: Quantum Communication

22 Jan 2025, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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Optica VIP Executive Reception at the San Francisco MOMA (Museum of Modern Art)

27 Jan 2025, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco, California USA

Join us for an exclusive evening of innovation and networking at the Optica VIP Executive Reception, hosted at the iconic San Francisco's MOMA (Museum of Modern Art), less than 5-minute walk from the Moscone Center. Building upon the tremendous success of its inaugural edition, this year's event promises to be even more remarkable.

OFC 2025: Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition

30 Mar - 03 Apr 2025
Moscone Convention Center
San Francisco, California USA

The Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC) is the premier conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals.

Optica Executive Forum at OFC 2025

31 Mar 2025, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Marriott Marquis
San Francisco, California USA

Co-located with OFC, the Premier Event in Telecom and Data Center Optics this is an Optica Industry Event. The Executive Forum features C-level panelists in an informal, uncensored setting discussing the latest issues facing the industry and your business. Leaders from top companies discuss critical technology advancements and business opportunities that will shape the network in 2025 and the future.

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Single-photon detection and the future of quantum networks and computing

19 Jun 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

In this webinar we will focus on new products and applications of SNSPDs as well as fresh highlights from the lab. We introduce our new complete and compact rack mounted system, Eos R12, providing a standardized system for easy deployment in labs and data centers. We will show our new SNSPD readout electronics, scalable and future proof, to allow controlling hundreds of detectors. Our SNSPDs are famous for their exclusive time resolution, and while usually it is characterized by low photon fluxes, we demonstrate a constant fraction discriminator add-on to significantly improve the timing jitter. SNSPDs are a mature technology that can even be used in the most demanding applications such as deep-space optical communication and bio-imaging. In particular, we will showcase our optical SNSPD array receiver, developed with ESA to support NASA’s Psyche mission as well as the techniques used to image deep into tissue and beyond what is currently possible. From the lab, we are going to highlight latest development efforts on MIR SNSPDs and novel applications in protein detection for mass spectroscopy as well as a quantum spectrometer that allows the measurement of spectra, photon statistics, cross-correlations and lifetimes in one measurement.

Superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors – to see far and beyond

18 Jun 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

In this webinar we will focus on new products and applications of SNSPDs as well as fresh highlights from the lab.

Optica Online Industry Meeting: Quantum Sensing

21 May 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join us for an insightful online industry meeting that delves into the rapidly evolving field of quantum sensing. This event unites leading quantum and photonics companies with end users of the next generation of quantum sensors across diverse sectors, including automotive, defense, and healthcare. Together, we will explore the critical requirements for portability and precision in quantum sensing technologies, addressing the specific needs of various industries.

Hardware and software solutions for real time correction of atmospheric turbulences

On Demand

16 May 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

CLEO 2024: Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics

05 - 10 May 2024

With a distinguished history as the industry's leading event on laser science, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) is the premier international forum for scientific and technical optics, uniting the fields of lasers and opto-electronics by bringing together all aspects of laser technology, from basic research to industry applications.

Optica Online Industry Meeting: Linear Drive Optics

30 Apr 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Single-photon detection and the future of quantum networks and computing

On Demand

25 Apr 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

High-speed inter-data-center optics (400G/800G/1.6T ZR/ZR+)

24 Apr 2024, 3:41 PM - 3:41 PM

Optica Freeform Optics Industry Summit at Optimax

02 - 03 Apr 2024

Optica Executive Forum at OFC 2024

25 Mar 2024, 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Co-located with OFC, the Premier Event in Telecom and Data Center Optics' this is an Optica Industry Event. The Executive Forum features C-level panelists in an informal, uncensored setting discussing the latest issues facing the industry and your business. Leaders from top companies discuss critical technology advancements and business opportunities that will shape the network in 2024 and the future.

OFC 2024: Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition

24 - 28 Mar 2024

The Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC) is the largest global conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals. For over 40 years, OFC has drawn attendees from all corners of the globe to meet and greet, teach and learn, make connections and move business forward.

Optica Online Industry Meeting: Laser Micromachining

19 Mar 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Optica Online Industry Meeting: NewSpace

27 Feb 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join us for an online industry meeting dedicated to the New Space sector, where we will explore the latest developments in optical communications and sensing applications. This meeting serves as a collaborative space for professionals, offering a chance to connect airspace end-users with developers of optical payloads, communication terminals, and associated technologies including special optical coatings, encoders, cameras, lasers and space-grade photonic components.

Optica at DVN Lighting Munich Workshop

27 - 28 Feb 2024

Optica is proudly supporting Driving Vision News for the Automotive Lighting Munich Workshop. This workshop is a must-attend event for professionals in the automotive lighting industry, offering a unique opportunity to engage with over 300 industry leaders and experts. As a valued Corporate member of Optica, you're entitled to a 20% discount on attendance fees, making this an even more attractive opportunity for your business. Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of this influential gathering in the world of automotive lighting powered by DVN Group – renown name in the automotive industry. 

Optica Silicon Valley Winter Event at Ozencon

22 Feb 2024, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Our invited speakers are technology and business leaders from companies at the forefront of Photonics for AI. They are pushing the boundaries of photonics to build the infrastructure needed for ever increasing demand for AI computing and next-generation products and solutions that will define industry trends in the next decade.

Welcome to the Future Panel Discussion

22 Feb 2024, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Welcome to the future with envision of possibilities in Engineering. The advancements of technology, science, and other aspects of our world.

Achieving precise phase control in optical applications with digital phase-locked loops

22 Feb 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Future Skies: Optical Wireless Backhaul Networks with Multiple Airborne Layers

21 Feb 2024, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The deployment of non-terrestrial networks (NTNs) is expected to establish comprehensive global coverage for the upcoming generations of wireless technology. Addressing the substantial portion of the global population that remains unconnected or under-connected, leveraging NTNs becomes imperative to bridge the existing digital divide. NTNs encompass a range of technologies such as High-Altitude Platform Stations (HAPSs), Satellites (GEO, MEO, LEO), and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Advances in autonomous avionics and lightweight composite materials position HAPSs as viable NTN nodes for future networks, alongside rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In the realm of advanced wireless technologies like 6G and beyond, the objective is to seamlessly integrate NTN nodes with terrestrial networks. Currently, there are isolated deployment examples, including Google Loon, Nokia F-Cell, AT&T Tethered Flying Cell on Wing (COW), LEO mega-constellations, and Turkcell-Dronecell. This presentation focuses on the design of a multi-layer airborne backhaul network, utilizing HAPSs and rotary-wing UAVs to establish free space optical (FSO) backhaul connections with ground-based stations. HAPS fleets operate in circular tracks at stratospheric altitudes. On the other hand, rotary-wing UAVs operate at medium and lower altitudes, complementing HAPSs. The airborne backhaul architecture requires careful design to ensure uninterrupted connectivity with ground-based stations, eliminating coverage gaps. The presentation outlines a systematic approach for designing FSO-based airborne backhaul systems, detailing the process of determining the appropriate number of layers, HAPS tracks, HAPS units per track, the number of UAVs at lower altitudes, the operating altitude for middle-layer UAVs, and the number of laser sources per airborne node based on a given coverage area.

STEM Outreach via Scouting Merit Badges

21 Feb 2024, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The Scout Merit Badge program exposes boys and girls from grade 6 to 12 to a wide variety of hobby and career subjects. With 1 million youth members in USA and over 50 million world-wide, the Scout Merit Badge program is an important way to expose highly goal oriented youth to a career in optics and photonics. On average each merit badge is earned by 10,000 to 15,000 Scouts each year. This presentation reviews which Merit Badges have ‘optics’ related requirements and provides suggestions for how to incorporate optics content into their instruction.

TOP Conference 2024

21 - 22 Feb 2024

This comprehensive two-day program covers eight topic areas across the two-days, featuring experts from across the industry and academia. Registration is open, book your two-day delegate pass and join us in London next month.

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