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

Because of the postponement to 2022, the Abstract Submission has been closed.
Information regarding the Opening is tba.



Contributed summaries are limited to 2 pages, including an abstract with 35-words (Word Template). Authors and affiliations will be submitted online.
Four categories of submissions can be chosen: oral only / poster only / oral preferred / poster preferred

The submitted abstracts will be published after the congress. (Not password secured)

The 2-pages-summary papers are peer reviewed and will be available from the start of the world congress ICO-25-OWLS-16-Dresden-Germany-2021 (access without password). The listing in Google Scholar is intended. The 35 words abstract will be included to website, the app and the proceedings. Besides, 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-2021 is planned.

A support of Participants from developing countries is organized. You can apply for at the submission of the summary.

  • Scholarships for Students kindly supported by Sponsors
  • Grants for Scientists (also for invited talks)
  • Human Development Index and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita are among the decision criteria



  1. Optical Engineering, Material Processing, Design and Lithography
  2. Display and Vision
  3. Optical MEMS and Micro-Optics
  4. Optical Sensing
  5. Computational Metrology
  6. Optical Information Processing and Imaging
  7. Quantum and Nonlinear Optics
  8. Ultrafast Phenomena and Ultrafast Optics
  9. High Power Lasers, X-Ray and High-Energy Optics
  10. Nano-Optics, Plasmonics and Metamaterials
  11. Photonic Crystals, Nano Structures and Functions
  12. Fiber Optics
  13. Optical Communications and Photonic Network
  14. Optoelectronics, Terahertz Photonics and Silicon Photonics
  15. Microscopy, Biomedical Spectroscopy and Advanced Imaging
  16. Biomechanics, Optical Elastography and BioBrillouin
  17. Biomedical Optics
  18. Nanobiophotonics, Optogenetics and Nanosensing


Important Dates

Deadline for papers

Abstract acceptance / grants application

Programme issue

Early bird registration deadline

General Chair
Juergen Czarske

Int. Program Committee Chair of ICO-25
Wolfgang Osten

Int. Program Committee Chair of OWLS-16
Alexander Heisterkamp

Honorary Chair
Gert von Bally

Fundraising Committee Chair
Frank Hoeller


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