November 16, 2007, Bellingham, WA--A new Chinese National Committee for SPIE (CNCS) was celebrated during the SPIE/COS Photonics Asia symposium in Beijing, China, 11-15 November. The symposium was held at the Jiuhua Grand Convention and Exhibition Center.
"SPIE is extremely pleased that this committee has been formed," said Kevin Harding, president-elect of SPIE and principal engineer, Optical Metrology Technology Leader for GE Global Research. "We thank the Chinese Optical Society (COS) and other societies in China for their support."
Through CAST, the managing organization for the CNCS, the committee will help facilitate SPIE events in China, by helping SPIE and partnering Chinese societies to better achieve their goals for running efficient conferences and exhibitions of good quality, engaging key Chinese organizations and personnel in conferences and exhibitions, obtaining group visas for Chinese to attend events outside China, promoting information about SPIE and SPIE events in China, and by helping meeting organizers associated with the committee to promote their meetings in China.
More than 1,800 papers were presented in technical sessions at Photonics Asia 2007. Photonics Asia provides a global forum for reporting and review of new developments in photonics and optoelectronics ranging from materials and devices to advanced systems and applications. The event included panel discussions, a product exhibition showcasing cutting-edge technologies and applications, and opening-day plenary presentations.
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