25th Congress of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) • 16th International Conference on Optics Within Life Sciences (OWLS)

The next General Congress of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) and the Conference of International Society on Optics Within Life Sciences (OWLS) will be held from 5th to 9th September 2022 in Dresden, Germany. The TU Dresden is proud to host ICO-25 and OWLS-16.
The ICO, “the Place where the World of Optics and Photonics Meets”, is an affiliated commission of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), and a scientific associate of the International Council of Science (ICS). Its objective is to contribute, on an international basis, to the progress and diffusion of knowledge in the fields of optics and photonics. The ICO has the missions to foster advanced optics science and technology and to promote the development of science and technology in developing countries. The ICO is an umbrella organization with more than 50 territorial committee members and several international academic societies: OSA (The Optical Society), SPIE (The International Society for Optics and Photonics), EOS (European Optical Society), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), OWLS (International Society on Optics Within Life Sciences), LAM (African Laser, Atomic and Molecular Physics Network), and RIAO (The Iberian American Network on Optics).
The first General Congress of the ICO was held in the Netherlands, in 1948. Since then, the ICO General Congress has been held every three years, and gained participation from all over the world, including developing countries. The ICO General Congress has established itself as the most prestigious world-wide conference on optics and photonics. After 30 years and continuing the success of the recent previous general congresses, held in 2017-Japan/Tokyo, 2014-Spain/Santiago de Compostela, 2011-Mexico/Puebla-Mexico City, 2008-Australia/Sydney, 2005-China/Changchun, 2002-Italy/Florence, 1999-USA/San Francisco, 1996-Korea/Taejon, 1993-Hungary/Budapest and 1990-Germany/Garmisch-Partenkirchen, it is our great honor to host the General Congress and General Assembly of ICO in our country again.
The main theme of ICO-25/OWLS-16 is “Progress of Society with Light”. Evidence of the scientific contribution is obvious from the fact that many Nobel laureates have accomplished their achievements in the field of optics and photonics, resulting in more than 40 Nobel prizes.

Optics and photonics will contribute greatly to solving issues on global energy and the environment. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization of the UNO provides with the International Day of Light on May 16 an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. The use of LEDs for the lighting in our cities will save energy. In everyday life we ​​frequently benefit from advanced light technology, as backbone of internet, in smart phones and for human health care. Light has the potential to recognize the origins of diseases, to prevent them, or to cure them early and gently. This is one of the central topics of OWLS, which was founded at the ICO-15 Congress in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1990. Therefore, a special commemorative event of the 30 years anniversary of the foundation of OWLS in Germany will be organized. The hosting city Dresden is known as Germany´s Jewel Box, because of its Baroque center. Let yourself be inspired by the ICO-25/OWLS-16 in Dresden for new ideas, their translation into progress for society and to foster developing countries. On behalf of ICO-25/OWLS-16, I hope everyone will have an exciting, fascinating and memorable time at this general meeting. Please take your time to enjoy our culture, delicious cuisine, innovations and attractions in every direction.

Truly yours,

Juergen Czarske,
General Chair of ICO-25 and OWLS-16, 5th to 9th September 2022, Dresden, Germany

Professor and Director at TU Dresden, Fellow of OSA, Fellow of SPIE, Fellow of EOS, Senior Member of IEEE, Member of Saxon Academy of Sciences, Board Member of German Society of Applied Optics (DGaO) - The German Branch of the European Optical Society (EOS)


Click here to see the Plenary Speakers

Important Dates

24 April 2022
Extended Deadline for papers

22 May 2022
1st Early bird registration deadline

May 2022
Abstract acceptance / grants application

June 2022
Program issue

27 July 2022
2nd Early bird registration deadline

5 - 9 September 2022
ICO-25 - OWLS-16


Important Information

A Special Issue of the Journal of the European Optical Society – Rapid Publications (JEOS:RP) with papers from the congress ICO-25-OWLS-16-Dresden-Germany-2022 is planned. The general chair of the congress, Prof Juergen Czarske is associate editor of the JEOS:RP: jeos.springeropen.com


Freiberger Straße 33, 01067 Dresden, Germany

Scientific Partner

TU Dresden
01069 Dresden, Germany