International Congress on Emerging Fields and Exploratory Research in Optics and Photonics –
The Optics and Photonics International Congress (OPIC) is co-organized with the Optics and Photonics International Exhibition (OPIE), bringing together researchers and developers from around the world to discuss the science and industry of optics and photonics. Held annually, its purpose is to showcase state-of-the-art achievements and disseminate guidelines for a future society enabled by science and technology.
Since its inception in 2012, OPIC has been held every April at Pacifico Yokohama. It has established itself as a significant international conference originating in Japan, with new specialized international conferences added each year and an increasing number of participants. OPIC currently comprises Specialized International Conferences covering a broad range of fields: lasers, biomedicine, nano-photonics, optical measurement, optical manipulation, x-ray optics, IoT, display and lighting, high energy density science, power transmission, and space and earth science. By hosting various optics-related technical conferences in one location based on common elemental technologies and sharing supply and demand across various fields, OPIC has accelerated the development and application of these technologies. It has evolved into one of the largest international conferences, providing an efficient platform for participants to interact on the latest advances in the science and technology of optics, photonics, and their applications.
The Optics and Photonics International Council (OPI council), the organizing body of OPIC, has faced significant challenges in hosting OPIC over the past three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 and 2021 congresses were held online, resulting in a significant reduction in the number of presented papers and participants.
Recognizing that international conferences are more valuable when held face-to-face, OPIC2022 was conducted in a hybrid format of on-site and online events. Despite the hybrid format, many papers were presented and there was a substantial number of participants.
OPIC had been growing steadily up to 2019 in terms of conferences, papers, participants, and participating countries. Although participant numbers decreased sharply for 2020 and 2021, the OPI council finally overcame COVID-19 and held an in-person international conference in 2023 as effectively as OPIC2019 before COVID-19. The number of participants per conference for 2023 has recovered close to the level of the in-person conference at OPIC 2019. In 2024, the OPI council will, of course, hold the international conference in person as usual.
We anticipate all participants will interact with each other in person to foster fruitful discussion and collaboration.
We look forward to seeing you all in Yokohama!