OSA Latin America Optics & Photonics Conference (LAOP)

OSA Latin America Optics & Photonics Conference (LAOP)

22 - 25 agosto 2016
Ruta N, Medellin, Colombia

The Latin America Optics & Photonics Conference is the major international conference sponsored by The Optical Society in Latin America with the explicit objective to promote optics and photonics activities in that the region to enhance their development and impact.
Featuring a comprehensive technical program with recognized experts in fields critical to Latin America, the conference covers all major areas of optics and photonics, and features the latest research results that are making an impact in fundamental research and applications.

Visit the local host committee's website for additional information. 

Student Presentation Awards

Oral Presentations

Grand Prize: Indira S. V. Yepes, UFABC, Brazil
Runner Up: Amado M. Velázquez-Benítez, UNAM, Mexico

Poster Presentations

Grand Prize: Silvia Cortés-López, BUAP, Mexico
Runner Up: José P. Montoya, UNALMED, Colombia

Plenary Speakers

Gilberto Brambilla, Optoelectronics Research Centre, UK
Debashis Chanda, CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics, University of Central Florida, USA
David J. Hagan, CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics, University of Central Florida, USA
Paras Prassad, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
Philip Russell, Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany
Andrew Weiner, Purdue University, USA

View the complete list of invited speakers

Pre-Conference Short Courses

Monday, 22 August, 14:00-18:00
All full conference attendees can choose to attend one short course on Monday, 22 August. Space is very limited and you must select your course during registration. 

Poster Session

Tuesday, 23 August, 16:00-17:30
Poster presentations offer an effective way to communicate new research findings and provide a venue for lively and detailed discussions between presenters and interested viewers. Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss current research one-on-one with presenters.

OSA Meet the Professionals Networking Reception for Students and Recent Graduates

Tuesday, 23 August. 19:00—21:00
Jardin Botanico, Calle 73 #51 D14

OSA invites students and recent graduates to come to a networking reception for an opportunity to meet fellow students and young professionals as well as leaders in optics community to learn more about career opportunities in optics. This session will be lead by OSA Ambassador Alvaro Casas Bedoya and UNAL OSA Student Chapter President Jose Pablo Montoya Velez. Food and drinks are complimentary for all RSVP’d attendees. Click here to RSVP

OSA Light the Future Speaker Series

Wednesday, 24 August, 18:15-19:00
Join OSA as we celebrate our 100th anniversary with the Light The Future speaker series featuring distinguished scientists, engineers and Nobel Laureates. Susana Marcos, Professor of Research, Instituto de Óptica, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas,  and OSA Fellow will present at LAOP.  Susana will discuss, "An Eye into the Future".  This event is open to the public.  A reception will follow at the Jartin Botanico from 19:00-20:00. 


Conference Banquet

Wednesday, 24 August, 20:00-21:00
Jardin Botanico,  Calle 73 #51 D14

Join your colleagues for a festive evening. The banquet is open to all full technical attendees. A limited quantity of extra banquet tickets will be available for purchase at the LAOP registration desk.  

Entrepreneurship in Colombia

Friday, 26 August, 09:00-12:30
After the conference stay for this special half day session to learn about how photonic technology can be developed in Colombia.  This session will  answer these questions:
  • Feasibility to create photonic industry in Colombia,
  • In what photonic fields it would be possible,
  • What is it needed to develop this type of industry and how attract investors?
  • Main obstacles to be overcome
  • Getting inputs for constructing a road map
  • Suggestions to conform a work team to encourage this initiative. 

Post Conference School on Ultrafast Optics

Friday, 26 August and Saturday 27 August
Edificio de Extensión- Universidad de Antioquia

Andrew Weiner from Purdue University, USA will lead this course and present an introduction on ultrafast optics. It will discuss some key concepts like linear optical and Third-order nonlinear processes, pulse shaping, measurement of ultrashort pulses, and linear and nonlinear processes in ultrashort pulse lasers. These topics will be discussed and illustrated with examplesfrom the Weiner's laboratory. It is open to all LAOP conference attendees, but this item must be selected during registration to secure your spot. 

OSA - The Optical Society


Sponsoring Organization

 Universidad Eafit  



Corporate Sponsors

American Elements         S&S Ingenieria


Micron Optics
Redondo Optics, Inc