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31 - 4 September 2019
Technische Universität Dresden
The main theme of ICO-25/OWLS-16 is “Progress of Society with Light”. Evidence of the scientific contribution is obvious from the fact that many Nobel laureates have accomplished their achievements in the field of optics and photonics, resulting in more than 40 Nobel prizes.
Optics and photonics will contribute greatly to solving issues on global energy and the environment. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization of the UNO provides with the International Day of Light on May 16 an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. The use of LEDs for the lighting in our cities will save energy. In everyday life we frequently benefit from advanced light technology, as backbone of internet, in smart phones and for human health care. Light has the potential to recognize the origins of diseases, to prevent them, or to cure them early and gently. This is one of the central topics of OWLS, which was founded at the ICO-15 Congress in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1990. Therefore, a special commemorative event of the 30 years anniversary of the foundation of OWLS in Germany will be organized.
The hosting city Dresden is known as Germany´s Jewel Box, because of its Baroque center. Let yourself be inspired by the ICO-25/OWLS-16 in Dresden for new ideas, their translation into progress for society and to foster developing countries.
International Commission for Optics (ICO), International Society on Optics Within Life Sciences (OWLS), Deutsche Gesellschaft für angewandte Optik (DGaO)