Conferences

The IEEE Photonics Society is proud to offer a vibrant and diverse portfolio of technical conferences, providing a unique opportunity to participate in the advancement of the industry’s research base. Attendees can interact with other photonics professionals and engage in expert panel discussions, tutorial sessions, short courses, supplier exhibits, and social events with the leaders and innovators of the photonics industry. 

 Conference Name  Date  Location
 IEEE Summer Topicals Meeting Series (SUM) 19-21 July 2021 Virtual Conference
 IEEE Research & Applications of Photonics in Defense Conference (RAPID) 2-4 August 2021 Virtual Conference
 IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC)  18-21 October 2021 Virtual Conference
 IEEE Group IV Photonics Conference (GFP) 7-10 December 2021 Virtual Conference


The IEEE Photonics Society is mindful of the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The health and safety of the Photonics Society community is our first priority.

Our staff and volunteer leaders/organizers are in the process of exploring all possible options for our conference format.  You will be notified about the next steps as soon as decisions are made.

We are committed to providing a platform to deliver our conferences, and we encourage the community to continue to participate by submitting papers with the latest breakthroughs. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we navigate these uncertain times for all in our global community.


Financially and Technically Co-sponsored Events

In addition to our flagship events, the Society cosponsors dozens of other world-class events each year with various partner institutions and organizations.  Some of the these, such as OFC and CLEO are financially co-sponsored, meaning the society shares ownership of the events with our partners.  The Society also technically co-sponsors many conferences each year, sharing in the stewardship of the technical programs of these events and publishing the proceedings. Browse the cosponsored events links on the left to learn more about these conferences and workshops.