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The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
6 - 11 March 2021
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Information for SPIE Photonics West authors and presenters

Photonics West 6-11 March 2021
Over the summer, SPIE announced Photonics West 2021 would be held in March 2021 instead of the original January dates. The revised dates provide more space at The Moscone Center to accommodate the program and the exhibition to implement health and safety measures. We are working hard to ensure a safe and productive opportunity to meet together. We hope you will plan to join us – a few weeks later than usual – in 2021.

Authors and presenters will continue to receive information about timelines and other important details.

Still accepting submissions to most conferences
Explore where your research best fits – browse the programs below to find a conference that most closely matches the topics in your abstract. Ready to submit your research? View Submission Guidelines

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Important Dates

Prepare to Present at the Conference

Present a Better Paper

Prepare and Submit Your Manuscript

View the BiOS conference


Biophotonics, Biomedical Optics and Imaging

View the LASE conference


Industrial Lasers, Laser Sources and Applications

View the OPTO conference


Optoelectronics, Photonic Materials and Devices


Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline 26 August 2020
SPIE Sends Preliminary Acceptance Notification to Contact Author 2 November 2020
SPIE Posts Preliminary Program Online 1 December 2020
Manuscript Submission Deadline 12 February 2021
Poster PDF/Preview Video Submission Deadline 12 February 2021
SPIE Posts Detailed Program Online Late February 2021


Prepare to Present at the Conference

• Apply for a visa and/or request an invitation letter

• Apply for an SPIE Student Author Travel Grant

• Register for the conference

• Prepare poster presentations

• Prepare and upload oral presentations

• View the SPIE Anti-Harassment Policy and SPIE Code of Conduct

Presentation Questions? Contact Author Help

Present a Better Paper

Make the best presentation possible – take one of these online courses from SPIE:

• Making the Most of Your Presentation

• Structuring Your Research Paper

These courses are free for SPIE Members.

Prepare and Submit Your Manuscript

• SPIE Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Manuscript Questions? Contact the Proceedings Coordinator (listed in SPIE.org account)