Optics for Solar Energy (SOLAR)

02 - 05 December 2014
Energy Change Institute, Australian National University, Canberra , Australia

Resources: Committee Chairs

The Technical Program Chairs are integral to the success of the meeting. As a volunteer you dedicate countless hours raising funds to support the event, securing invited speakers, reaching out to colleagues to encourage submissions, reviewing papers, and scheduling sessions.

On behalf of OSA, its Board, and its entire staff, we extend enormous gratitude to the Chairs of the Optics for Solar Energy (SOLAR) Technical Program Committee.

Call for Papers Opens 3/72014
Abstract and Summary Submissions Due 3 September 2014, 12:00 EDT (Convert Time)
Peer Review
Program Committee Decisions
Authors Notified of Committee Decisions
Online Program Planner Available
Eligible Students: Apply for a Student Travel Grant 3 September 2014
Postdeadline Abstract and Summary Submissions Due 12 November 2014, 12:00 EST (Convert Time)
Postdeadline Paper Notifications Sent
Hotel Reservation By
Register for the Meeting By 4 November 2014
Postdeadline Authors Notified of Committee Decisions
Prepare to Present at the Meeting
Present at the Meeting 2 December - 5 December 2014

How to be Effective

  • Volunteer to Preside
  • Contribute to Welcome remarks for Opening Ceremonies
  • Volunteer to blog
  • Promote meeting
  • Involve committee members in the selection of invited speakers
  • Apply for grants and request corporate contributions at least 9 months before your meeting.
  • Contact your collocated meeting chairs to discuss joint sessions.
  • Use SharePoint to distribute documents to your committee members. 
  • Presiding over the Technical Program Committee
  • Support and adhere to meeting deadlines
  • Promote the meeting to solicit and encourage contributed papers
  • Selecting and confirming Committee Members
  • Selecting and confirming Invited Speakers
  • Selecting and confirming a  Local Organizing Committee to assist in extra activities at meeting such as laboratory tours, additional networking events, etc. , if necessary
  • Providing complete contact information of committee members and invited speakers to OSA
  • Preparing the technical scope and topics for meeting
  • Encourage committee members to complete their reviews by deadline.
  • Encourage committee to select and confirm Presiders for all technical sessions.
  • Soliciting funds from granting agencies and corporate contributions for meeting support and travel support for selected participants.  
  • Reviewing and determining acceptance for postdeadline papers
  • Attend the meeting and participate at on-site meeting and wrap-up committee meeting.


All documents listed below are located in the Reference Center, under Policy and Procedures on Sharepoint.

  • Chairs’ Manual
  • Fundraising Grant Information
  • Exhibit and Sponsorship Information
  • Peer Review Instructions
  • Scheduling Instructions

Program Chair

César Domínguez, Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, France
Wojciech Lipinski, Australian National University, Australia
Takashi Yabe, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan


Armin Aberle, Solar Energy Research Institute, Singapore
Chih-Hao Chang, North Carolina State University, United States
Vernie Everett, Australian National University, Australia
Gilles Flamant, Centre National Recherche Scientifique, France
Jesse Frantz, US Naval Research Laboratory, United States
Philip Gleckman, Areva Solar, United States
Pınar Menguc, Özyeğin Universitesi, Turkey
Yoshiaki Nakano, University of Tokyo, Japan
Peter Nitz, Fraunhofer Inst Solar Energy Systems, Germany
Ioannis Papakonstantinou, University College London, United Kingdom
Laurent Pilon, University of California Los Angeles, United States
Akiba Segal, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Elizabeth Thomsen, Australian National University, Australia
Satoshi Wada, RIKEN, Japan
Alan Weimer, University of Colorado at Boulder, United States
Yong-Hang Zhang, Arizona State University, United States
Li Zhu, Tianjin University, China