International Commission for Optics (ICO) and the Conference of International Society on Optics Within Life Sciences
The next General Congress of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) and the Conference of International Society on Optics Within Life Sciences (OWLS) will be held from 31st August to 4th September 2020 in Dresden, Germany. The TU Dresden is proud to host ICO-25 and OWLS-16.
The ICO, “the Place where the World of Optics and Photonics Meets”, is an affiliated commission of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), and a scientific associate of the International Council of Science (ICS). Its objective is to contribute, on an international basis, to the progress and diffusion of knowledge in the fields of optics and photonics. The ICO has the missions to foster advanced optics science and technology and to promote the development of science and technology in developing countries. The ICO is an umbrella organization with more than 50 territorial committee members and several international academic societies: OSA (The Optical Society), SPIE (The International Society for Optics and Photonics), EOS (European Optical Society), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), OWLS (International Society on Optics Within Life Sciences), LAM (African Laser, Atomic and Molecular Physics Network), and RIAO (The Iberian American Network on Optics).
The first General Congress of the ICO was held in the Netherlands, in 1948. Since then, the ICO General Congress has been held every three years, and gained participation from all over the world, including developing countries. The ICO General Congress has established itself as the most prestigious world-wide conference on optics and photonics. After 30 years and continuing the success of the recent previous general congresses, held in 2017-Japan/Tokyo, 2014-Spain/Santiago de Compostela, 2011-Mexico/Puebla-Mexico City, 2008-Australia/Sydney, 2005-China/Changchun, 2002-Italy/Florence, 1999-USA/San Francisco, 1996-Korea/Taejon, 1993-Hungary/Budapest and 1990-Germany/Garmisch-Partenkirchen, it is our great honor to host the General Congress and General Assembly of ICO in our country again.
The main theme of ICO-25/OWLS-16 is “Progress of Society with Light”. Evidence of the scientific contribution is obvious from the fact that many Nobel laureates have accomplished their achievements in the field of optics and photonics, resulting in more than 40 Nobel prizes.