The 2018 European Conference on Integrated Optics (ECIO 2018, www.ecio-2018.org) will celebrate its 20th anniversary in Valencia from the 30th May to the 1st June 2018. The conference focuses on leading edge research on integrated optics, optoelectronics and nano-photonics and gathers experts from academia and industry to show their latest technical results, and showcase their products and services. The application scope is broad and it ranges from tele/datacom communications, optical interconnects, and (bio) optical sensing applications to more disruptive areas as quantum computing and mid-IR photonics. In the 2017 edition, which took place in Eindhoven, the conference featured more than two hundred attendees.
Figure 1. Conference venue (left) and city beach (right).
Conference topics cover waveguide technology and platforms, devices and materials, integrated circuits and applications of photonics integrated circuits (PICs). The most recent advances in photonic integration technologies, such as silicon photonics and III-V optoelectronics, is one of the main features of the conference. Assembly, packaging and hybrid integration techniques are also present. In addition, the conference aims to discuss novel concepts on materials with unique properties such as graphene, 2D materials or phase change materials.
The conference has two technical tracks running in parallel and a poster session. Furthermore, several singular events will be organized. The special session “Women in Integrated Optics” chaired by Prof. Laura Lechuga (ICN2, Spain) and Prof. Sonia García Blanco (Univ. Twente, The Netherlands), aims at bringing together the most relevant scientist and professional women in the field. A workshop on “Integrated Photonic Technologies and Applications from Visible to Mid-Infrared” will be also organized by the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC), and chaired by Dr. José Pozo (EPIC).
The industrial exhibitors will showcase their latest products and services, and will be sponsoring young researchers at an early stage of their careers, through best paper and poster awards.
The conference venue will be at the Universitat Politècnica de València campus, located at ten minutes walking distance from the coast line, with magnificent beaches, restaurants and nightlife clubs. Valencia is the third-largest city in Spain and is located on the east Mediterranean coast, which offers a combination of avant-garde style, culture and Mediterranean spirit, bound to captivate any visitor. There are thousands of things to discover, but we would like to suggest reasons why you just have to come and see it for yourself: 300 days of sunshine, Mediterranean cuisine, beaches, lifestyle, festivals and traditions, green spaces, 2000 years of history, cutting-edge architecture, unique nooks and crannies … The city has a wonderful weather and an excellent gastronomy famous by its Valencian paella (rice with vegetables and meat) and horchata (popular soft drink made of water, sugar and tiger nut). Attendants will have the opportunity to taste this and more typical Spanish food during the conference luncheons and social events.
We hope to see you in Valencia.
Pascual Muñoz and Pablo Sanchis
Co-chairs of ECIO 2018