**MEDIA ADVISORY**

OPTICAL SOCIETY TO CO-SPONSOR LATIN AMERICA OPTICS AND PHOTONICS CONFERENCE (LAOP)

Events will also highlight technical breakthroughs in optics and photonics affecting alternative energy and the environment.

WHAT: Latin America Optics and Photonics Conference
WHEN: September 27-30, 2010
WHERE: Golden Tulip Recife Palace, Recife, Brazil

ADDITIONAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS:

The Optical Society (OSA) and the Brazilian Physical Society will co-sponsor the Latin America Optics and Photonics Conference (LAOP) in Recife, Brazil. Brazil has been recognized as one of the most prominent countries in using renewable energies.  While covering the wide field of Photonics from optical communications to biomedical applications, the LAOP conference will have a special focus on solar energy.

Morning Keynote Session
Monday, September 27, 2010
9:00am – 9:45am
“The Global Impact of Photonics: Renewable Resources, Monitoring Climate Change, and Energy Conservation,” Thomas Baer, Stanford Univ., USA

LAOP topics will include Optical Design and Instrumentation; Optics in Information Science; Nonlinear and Quantum Optics; Atomic Physics and Laser Spectroscopy; Photonics; Micro and Nanophotonics; Biophotonics and Biomedical Applications; Laser Science and Technology.

The agenda of sessions is also available online.

CONTACT: Reporters wishing to attend the meeting should contact Angela Stark, astark@osa.org or +1.202.416.1443, for press credentials.

About OSA
Uniting more than 106,000 professionals from 134 countries, the Optical Society (OSA) brings together the global optics community through its programs and initiatives. Since 1916 OSA has worked to advance the common interests of the field, providing educational resources to the scientists, engineers and business leaders who work in the field by promoting the science of light and the advanced technologies made possible by optics and photonics. OSA publications, events, technical groups and programs foster optics knowledge and scientific collaboration among all those with an interest in optics and photonics. For more information, visit www.osa.org.

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