The history of the OPTO conferences in Poland dates back to 2005, when the SPIE International Congress on Optics and Electronics was held in Wroclaw. The primary idea behind the meeting was to gather young scientists from all, polish SPIE Student Chapters and SPIE members from all over the world. Just the next year, the conference formula expanded to all OSA Student Chapters from Poland and other OSA members (International OSA/SPIE Student Chapters Meeting, Wroclaw, 2006). Since then, it became an annual event held each year in a different, polish city. The conference is organized each year by OSA & SPIE Student Chapters from the host-city.
This year the conference is going to be organized for eleventh time. It will be a very special event, since it is the first time the meeting will take place in Warsaw. OPTO 2017 is also unique because it is organized by a collaborative effort of Student Chapters from not one, but three Universities: Warsaw University of Technology, University of Warsaw and Military University of Technology.
OPTO 2016: Gdańsk
OPTO 2015: Wrocław
OPTO 2014: Gdańsk
OPTO-Meeting for Young Researchers & 9th International SPIE Student Chapter Meeting 2014conference took place at Gdańsk University of Technology, Gdańsk (Poland). The conference lasted five days, between 1st and 5th July 2014. This event gathered the OSA & SPIE student members from Poland and other countries. Twelve of the participants gave an oral presentation and sixteen young scientists presented a poster. During the conference we could attend among others the lecture about smart structures and fiber optics conducted by Prof. Brian Culshaw and the lecture by Prof. Ibrahim Abdulhalim about biomedical optical imaging assisted by liquid crystal devices.
2013 Conferences in Toruń
Between 3th and 7th of July 2013 OSA & SPIE Student Chapters from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (Poland) organized the OPTO-Meeting for Young Researchers & 6th International SPIE Student Chapters Meeting 2013 conference and 14th European International OSA Network of Students (IONS-14) as the next door event. The invited speakers list included Prof. Susanna Marcos, Prof. David Sampson, Prof. Krzysztof Palczewski and Michalina Góra PhD. OPTO2013 was one of the biggest events in the history of OPTO Conferences gathering more than 70 participants. The audience could attend 23 oral presentations and participate in discussions with 28 poster authors. The range of topic was very wide including a strong accent on vision optics, optical coherence tomography, Fourier transform spectroscopy, microscopy and material science.