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

Dresden – City of Excellence

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Dresden is the capital of Saxony, one of the 16 federal states of Germany, and has a long history as the royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony, who for centuries furnished the city with cultural and artistic splendour. August the Strong (The Sun King of Saxony, elected King of Poland, 1670-1733) imprinted our city. The royal buildings are among the most impressive buildings in Europe. The most prominent building in the city of Dresden is the Church of our Lady. Built in the 18th century, the church was destroyed in 1945. The remaining ruins were left for about 50 years as a war memorial. Following the German reunification, the church was rebuilt from 1994 to 2005. Main sights are also the nearby National Park of Saxon Switzerland, the Ore Mountains and the countryside around Moritzburg and Meissen.

The TU Dresden is proud to host ICO-25/OWLS-16. In 1828, the "Saxon Technical School" (the predecessor institution of the TU Dresden) was founded. Today, the TU Dresden belongs to the TU9 German Institutes of Technology e. V. and is one of eleven universities which succeeded in the German Excellence Initiative. The DRESDEN concept (Dresden Research and Education Synergies for the Development of Excellence and Novelty) is an association of the TU Dresden with non-university research facilities at the Dresden location. Several inventions are coming from Dresden, for example mouthwash, coasters, toothpaste, filter bag, teabag, and small picture reflex camera. The economy of Dresden and its agglomeration is one of the most dynamic in Germany. It is dominated by high-tech branches, often called as Silicon Saxony. Biopolis Dresden is known for famous research on molecular bioengineering, regenerative medicine and biophotonics.


1474 "Christmas stollen"
1820 Man-made mineral water
1823 Milk chocolate
1838 First German locomotive by Andreas Schubert
1888 Odol Mouthwash by Karl August Lingner
1892 Coasters ("Bierdeckel")
1899 Bra by Christine Hardt
1907 Tooth paste
1908 Filter bag by Melitta Bentz
1910 Portable typewriter
1929 Teabags
1934 Dominoes
1936 Small picture Reflex Camera
now 3D TV and holographic TV


Heart of Research and higher Education in Dresden

1828 founded as Technische Bildungsanstalt
1890 Königlich Sächsiche Technische Hochschule
1945 almost completely destroyed
1946 re-opened as Technische Universität Dresden
1961 new faculties, comprehensive university
2012 identified as University of Excellence

Largest European Cluster on micro- and nanoelectronics
Globalfoundries, Infineon, Applied Materials,...

Optoelectronic Engineering and Measurement techniques
SeeReal (development of 3D holographic display solutions), Sick Engineering GmbH,...

Research institute cluster
10 Fraunhofer institutes (IPMS, IWS, FEP, ...)
  3 Leibniz & 1 Helmholtz research institutes
  3 Max Planck institutes
Center Systems Biology

ICO25-Abstracts archive
(109 MB ZIP)

Online Program

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Release: Sep 2, 2022

Important Dates

24 April 2022
Extended Deadline for papers

May 2022
Abstract acceptance / grants application

June 2022
Program issue

17 July 2022
Deadline for post-deadline paper submission

28 August 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.edpsciences.org


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Scientific Partner

TU Dresden
01069 Dresden, Germany