Education and Training in Optics & Photonics Conference

The international conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics (ETOP) for 2023 will be in Cocoa Beach, Florida on May 15-18. More information on calls for papers, speakers, registration, etc. can be found on the conference's external website. Click Here for details.

ETOP is a biennial conference that brings together educators from around the world to share information about the practice of teaching optics at all levels. The teaching of optics and photonics, critical fields at the core of today's world-wide technological infrastructure, must continually be upgraded and renewed in order to meet the growing demands of research, science and industry. 

It is the goal of this international conference to bring together leading optics and photonics educators from all levels and orientations to discuss, demonstrate and learn about new developments and approaches to teaching in these fields. Through presentations, panel discussions, workshops and exhibits, it is the intent of this conference to inform professors, students, teachers and professional trainers on how to teach optics and photonics for the future.

ETOP addresses topics at the pre-college, technician and two-year, four-year and graduate-equivalent levels. Typical session topics include:

  • training and laboratory materials for demonstrations
  • training and continuing education in collaboration with industry
  • education in geometrical optics, quantum optics technologies for integrated diffractive optics
  • software for teaching
  • computer assisted learning
  • curriculum development laboratories for optics and photonics education
  • education and training for inter- and multidisciplinary applications

Proceedings of ETOP - All past proceedings of ETOP conferences are available as PDFs online (free).

Apply to Host a Future ETOP Conference (PDF) 

The ETOP conference takes place every two years and it is the aim of the sponsors to make this critical information equally available to both developed and developing countries. In order to ensure world-wide participation, the sponsors (ICO, SPIE, Optica and IEEE) welcome and encourage their chapters, affiliated bureaus, sections and other interested organizations to apply to host future ETOP conferences.