2015 Wuhan Photonics Week celebrates the International Year of Light

To celebrate the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015), Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics (WNLO), with the support from many world known scientific societies and unions launches Wuhan Photonics Week in Wuhan, China, to be held on June 13-19, 2015.


The 8th International Photonics and OptoElectronics Meetings (POEM 2015) will be held on June 16-19, 2015, Wuhan, China, hosted by WNLO and OSA. POEM 2015 features two OSA Topic Meetings: Optoelectronic Devices and Integration (OEDI) and Photonics for Energy (PFE). OEDI topics include silicon photonics, surface plasma and plasmonics, optoelectronic devices, nonlinear optical devices, polymer devices, radio over fiber related devices, free-space communications related devices, optoelectronic monolithic integration and hybrid integration, and optical vortex devices and subsystems. Jesper Moerk from Technical University of Denmark and Prof. Xinliang Zhang from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) will co-chair the topical meeting. Topical meeting PFE, chaired by Michael Grätzel from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne and Zhonglin Wang from Georgia Institute of Technology, covers such topics as energy generation (mesoscopic, organic, quantum dot and thin film solar cells, nanogenerators), energy conversion (inorganic/organic light emitting diodes, piezo-phototronics) and energy storage.

With POEM 2015 as its important part, Wuhan Photonics Week enriches itself with varieties of international and domestic events to be taken place on June 13-19, 2015, including the Collaborative Innovation Symposiums for Photonics (CISP), the 5th Sino-French Forum: Optical Information and Photonics-Electronics Conversion Technique, Cross-strait Optoelectronics Forum, The International Investing Conference for Photonics Optoelectronics Technology Transfer, Annual Meeting of OSA/SPIE Student Chapters in China & Innovation Venture Competition, Workshop on Development of Optics Journal, Nature Master Classes, Training Courses and Expo, etc.

By combining different disciplines and comprehensive meeting types, Wuhan Photonics Week is also serving as a platform on exchanging information on recent advances and future trends for researchers and to boost brand for the enterprises.  We aim at bringing together the leading minds in the science and application of light to share their advancements, making important connections, and inspiring further developments in critical research fields.

The Wuhan Photonics Week is supported by International Commission for Optics (ICO), the Optical Society (OSA), the international Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), IEEE Photonics Society (Singapore and Hongkong Chapters), Institute of Physics (IOP), Laser Institute of America (LIA) and Chinese Optical Society (COS).

About IYL 2015

The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations (A/RES/68/221) to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health.  With UNESCO as lead agency, IYL 2015 programs will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015—from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today.  The IYL Global Secretariat is located at the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

The Founding Partners of IYL 2015 are the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG), the European Physical Society (EPS), the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), the Institute of Physics (IOP), Light: Science and Applications, the lightsources.org International Network, 1001 Inventions, The Optical Society (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). 

Patron Sponsors include Bosca, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Royal Philips Lighting, Thorlabs and UL.


Conference Secretariat
Office for Global Academic Exchanges, WNLO

John Dudley
Steering Committee Chair
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015

Joe Niemela
Global Coordinator (IYL Secretariat)
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015