Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) 2020 to be held as all-virtual conference

April 7, 2020
Due to restrictions arising from the coronavirus pandemic, CLEO will now be held online 11–15 May, 2020 with live technical sessions.

The Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) 2020 technical conference, originally to be held in May at the San Jose Convention Center, will now be be held in an all-virtual web-conference format during 11–15 May, 2020, due to restrictions arising from the coronavirus pandemic. Technical sessions will be presented live from the Pacific daylight time (PDT) zone with a recorded archive available later for on-demand viewing. Short courses and the show floor (exhibition) component of the conference will not be presented this year.

As noted on the CLEO website, authors will pay a US$ 100 presentation fee; all others can access the conference at no cost. Cosponsors of the CLEO conference include OPTICS & PHOTONICS International Exhibition (OPIE '20), Photonics Spectra, Physic Today, APS Physics, IEEE Photonics Society, and OSA, The Optical Society. OSA is managing the conference.

The information below is reproduced straight from the CLEO website's https://www.cleoconference.org/home/about-cleo/ page:

The 2020 CLEO Conference: An All-virtual Presentation

The CLEO co-sponsors are pleased to announce that the CLEO Technical Conference will be held in an all-virtual, web conference format, 11 - 15 May. Technical sessions will be presented live from the Pacific Daylight Time Zone (PDT) with a recorded archive available later for on-demand viewing. Authors will pay a US$ 100 presentation fee; all others can access the conference at no cost.

What Will be Presented Online?

1. All technical sessions (including invited speakers and contributed oral and poster presentations)
2. The two plenary sessions, tutorials, workshops, special symposia and Applications & Technology Topical Reviews
3. Select industry-based, “show floor” programs (to be determined)

CLEO Short Courses have been cancelled. The show floor (exhibition) component of the conference will not be presented this year.

The Virtual Presentation

1. The virtual program will be presented live using the Zoom web conferencing platform.
2. Presentations will be a hybrid of prerecorded content and live presentations—dependent upon speaker preference.
3. Poster presentations will be offered as PDF files with (tentatively) an accompanying Q&A session.
4. The flexible platform allows for interactive, two-way communications between speakers and audience, and can accommodate individual speakers through multi-participant panels.
5. Technical sessions will be recorded and made available to registrants for on-demand, archived viewing.

IMPORTANT! Speakers will receive a separate, follow-up email with information on the presentation options and how to select a preference.

Schedule and Operations

1. CLEO will be presented with a slight schedule change—now starting on Monday, 11 May.
2. The virtual schedule will follow the published agenda of sessions.
3. All participants will receive access to the live technical sessions, recorded/archived content and the Technical Digest.

Registration

1. Any individual who has previously registered for the congress will automatically receive a full refund. No action is required to initiate the request.
2. Refunds will be issued back to the original payment method used and may take up to six weeks to process.

Note: Even though your registration fee will be refunded, you retain your access to participate in the virtual meeting. You will not have to register again.

The CLEO co-sponsors look forward to presenting this virtual solution that benefits speakers and attendees while ensuring the well-being of all participants.

We remain committed to providing frequent and current updates regarding the meeting status—both through direct communication and the conference website.

Future Dates

Year     Conference     Exhibition     Location
2021     09 – 14 May     11 – 13 May     San Jose, California, USA
2022     15 – 20 May     17 – 19 May     San Jose, California, USA
2023     07 – 12 May     09 – 11 May     San Jose, California, USA

Source: https://www.cleoconference.org/home/about-cleo/

About the Author

John Wallace | Senior Technical Editor (1998-2022)

John Wallace was with Laser Focus World for nearly 25 years, retiring in late June 2022. He obtained a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and physics at Rutgers University and a master's in optical engineering at the University of Rochester. Before becoming an editor, John worked as an engineer at RCA, Exxon, Eastman Kodak, and GCA Corporation.

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