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4th EOS Topical Meeting on Blue Photonics® - Optics in the Sea (Blue Photonics 4)

Barcelona - Spain
11 May 2015 - 13 May 2015
Submission Timeframe: 
1 November 2014 - 6 February 2015

Notification to authors: 27 February 2015
Venue: Institute of Marine Sciences in Barcelona (ICM, CSIC)

General chairs

  • Jaume Piera (ICM, Barcelona, Spain)
  • Julia Busch (UNIOL, Oldenburg, Germany)
  • Nuno Gracias (UdG, Girona, Spain)
  • Carine Simon (Science Marine Institute, CSIC, Barcelona, Spain)

Program committee:

  • Carine Simon - Science Marine Institute, CSIC, Barcelona, Spain
  • Jaume Piera - ICM, CSIC, Barcelona, Spain
  • Julia Busch - UNIOL, Oldenburg, Germany
  • Hans Van der Woerd - Institute for Environmental Studies, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Marcel Wernand - Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Netherlands
  • Marc Jofre - The Institute of Photonic Sciences, ICFO, Spain
  • Nuno Gracias - UdG, Girona, Spain
  • Oliver Zielinski - Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, Oldenburg, Germany

Plenary Speaker:

EPICThe invited speakers:

  • Peter Gege - German aerospace Center of Germany, Germany
  • Valerio Pruneri - The Institute of Photonics Sciences, ICFO, Spain
  • Rafael Garcia - University of Girona, Spain


  • Environmental Monitoring
  • New low-cost technologies
  • Ocean Colour
  • Radiative Transfer and Modelling
  • Marine Bio-optics and Remote Sensing
  • Fluorometry
  • AOP - IOP 2D and 3D
  • Underwater Imaging
  • Innovative Sub-sea Optical Techniques and Instrumentation


The 4th EOS Topical Meeting on Blue Photonics® - Optics in the Sea (Blue Photonics 4), to be held at the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM, CSIC), Barcelona, Spain, will provide a major international forum for the discussion of marine optics, underwater  imaging systems and its applications. Its aims are to review recent progress in the field, to promote the formation of a community of scientists and engineers working in related areas, and to stimulate the interdisciplinary collaboration required to meet the rapidly developing challenges of the future.

Sponsoring Opportunities

Interested in presenting your products and introducing your company at this EOS Topical Meeting? Here your products don't drown in the crowd!

For more information, please download the Sponsor's and Advertiser's Guide for Blue Photonics 4 or contact Oili Kohonen at to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for this EOS Topical Meeting. We will be pleased to working out an individual sponsoring/advertising package for you to meet your company's marketing demands and needs.

List of Accepted Papers

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Download the Conference schedule




  Early-bird (until 22.3)
*excl. VAT / **incl. 24% VAT
Advanced (23.3 - 19.4)
*excl. VAT / **incl. 24% VAT
Late / on site (after 20.4)
*excl. VAT / **incl. 24% VAT
Member 370 € / 458.8 € 420 € / 520.8 € 460 € / 570.5 €
Non-Member 420 € / 520.8 € 470 € / 582.8 € 510 € / 632.4 €
Student Member 210 € / 260.4 € 220 € / 272.8 € 240 € / 297.6 €
Student Non-Member 220 € / 272.8 € 240 € / 297.6 € 260 € / 322.4 €
Invited Speaker 100 € / 124 € 100 € / 124 € 100 € / 124 €

* Non-EU participants, EU companies and businesses (except Finland) with VAT number. EU companies and businesses with VAT number: reverse charge for VAT payment applied according to the Finnish VAT act §65 and EU VAT directive articles 44 and 196.
** Private persons, companies and businesses in Finland with VAT number (incl. VAT 24%). Private persons etc. from EU: VAT 24% according to the Finnish VAT act §69H.

If you choose VAT excluded price at the registration phase, you are required to either announce the VAT number or your nationality (if outside EU) while registering.

The registration fee includes full-time admission to the meeting, conference proceedings, welcome reception, conference dinner, and coffee breaks and lunches during the conference.


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Publish in JEOS:RP

Presenters at the 4th EOS Topical Meeting on Blue Photonics – Optics in the Sea (Blue Photonics 4) are kindly invited to consider the submission of a manuscript about their research to the EOS open-access on-line journal JEOS:RP (Journal of the European Optical Society, Rapid Publications, A 20% discount will be applied to the author fee. JEOS:RP publishes articles about recent scientific research and technological innovation as well as review papers about a topic in science or innovation from the recent past. A contribution should be original and will be subjected to the journal’s standard anonymous peer review process for scientific quality. The average time-to-publication of the journal is of the order of 75 days. The copyright of a published paper resides entirely with the author. When submitting your manuscript, please, mention the research results were presented in Blue Phtonics 4.

The author fees, VAT excluded, are:
EOS-members                      280 Euro  (instead of 350 Euro)
non-EOS members               320 Euro  (instead of 400 Euro)


The following hotels have offered some quota of rooms for us. However, reservations should be done before March 18, using the code "BluePhotonics Conference".

Grand Hotel Central Barcelona
Double Room: 225€/room/night (double or single occupancy)
Breakfast not included, 15€/pax/day
Reservations: Miriam Bello,, +34 93 295 79 00

Hotel Silken Diagonal
Single/Double: 145€/160€
Breakfast included, 10% VAT included

Tryp Barcelona Apolo
Reservations: Clara Mias,, +34 93 343 30 03
Double for single use 130€/night
Twin: 140€/night
Breakfast included, 10% VAT not included, city tax not included (1.21€/person/night)

HOWEVER, it makes sense to check the prices from the booking system of the hotel. The proces in there may sometimes be cheaper than the above given rates!

In addition to these, Barcelona has many hotels and hostels in a wide range of prices. Internet searches can help such as Google or Be careful using unlicensed rentals through Airbnb because there have been recent crack-downs on cheap tourism. You can also check accommodation options at the student residency in the vicinity of ICM-CSIC. Campus Mar and Ciutadella are further away from ICM-CSIC but are closer to the city center.

Social Program

On Sunday, May 10, there will be a walking tour "Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea from the Middle Ages to the XVIII century". This is a walk through 700 years of the history of Barcelona and its relationship with the Mediterranean sea. You will get to know the medieval port district of Vilanova del Mar with its "Cathedral of the Seas", the old Gothic quarter with its King´s Palace, the Cathedral and other medieval remains and the new fishermen´s district built over reclaimed land in the middle of the XVIII century. The tour is followed by a welcome drink and tapas. The approximated gathering time for the tour is 16.30. Conference dinner will be organized on Tuesday, May 12, in beachfront restaurant Barraca Barcelonetta,

Places to eat

Spanish food is great, and Barcelona has a wide range of choices of local, regional, national and international foods. However, floods of foreign visitors have had an eroding effect on general meal quality around touristic locations. When in search for a good meal, we suggest that you adhere to the following:

  • Eat where the locals do;
  • Do not eat on or close to Las Ramblas unless you want to pay a fortune for a plate of Aaargh;
  • Pealla is Spanish but Spain is a big country. Paella originated from Valencia and is not a specialty of Barcelona, although you’ll see it on offer everywhere. A word of warning: in general, do not expect a cheap, quickly made paella to taste good. A true paella takes hours to prepare and typically does not come out of a microwave. However, IF you manage to find a restaurant where you are required to order it hours in advance, go for it;
  • The Gothic Quarter and Barceloneta have many small tapas bars and other tasty surprises;
  • Hot chocolate with churros is a fall and winter treat worth committing a minor crime for.

Places to visit

Beside the regular treats such as Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, and Casa Batlló, for instance, Barcelona has a wealth of museums and attractions to offer that are less famous but worth a visit:

For inspiration, take a look on this tourist guide. Taking the Barcelona Bus Turístic is a good way to visit many of these places while learning something under way. It’s actually quite nice and super convenient.



Ms. Oili Kohonen
Conference Manager


American Elements, global manufacturer of high purity metals, substrates, laser crystals, advanced materials for photonics & optoelectronics

Matchmaking event by Berlin Partner

Berlin Adlershof, Germany
Part of: 
EOSAM 2014
17 September 2014 - 18 September 2014

This 2-day matchmaking event, parallel to EOSAM topical meetings and industrial exhibition, is a quick and easy way to meet potential cooperation partners.
People meet and greet at high speed.
20 minutes is usually enough to build connections, then the bell rings and the next talk starts.

Registration necessary (in addition to EOSAM registration in Conftool):


TOM 9 – Frontiers in Optical Metrology

Berlin Adlershof, Germany
Part of: 
EOSAM 2014
15 September 2014 - 19 September 2014
Submission Timeframe: 
28 February 2014 - 4 April 2014


Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Modelling of light-structure interaction
  • Quantitative optical inspection methods
  • High-NA systems
  • 3D-Metrology
  • Form and surface metrology
  • Quantum enhanced optical  sensors
  • Optical length metrology
  • Aberration retrieval
  • Remote sensing
  • Scatterometry
  • Ellipsometry
  • Interferometry and holography
  • Deflectometry


  • Chair: Bernd Bodermann, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) (DE) 
  • Co-chair: Omar El Gawhary, Van Swinden Laboratory (VSL) (NL)


  • Axel Wiegmann, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) (DE)
  • Dirk Voigt, VSL Dutch Metrology Institute (NL)
  • Jens Flügge, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) (DE)
  • Martin Foldyna, École Polytechnique (FR)


  • H. Philip Stahl, NASA MSFC, SPIE President (US) 


  • John Rodenburg, Sheffield University (GB)
  • Matthias Richter, PTB (DE)
  • Gunther Notni, Universität Jena (DE): High-resolution dynamic 3D-shape measurement
  • Vittorio Giovannetti, Scuola Normale di Pisa (IT)


Grand challenges in optics session

Berlin Adlershof, Germany
Part of: 
EOSAM 2014
15 September 2014 - 19 September 2014

For the fourth time, a special session of EOSAM is dedicated to the “Grand Challenges in Optics".

TOM 1 – Guided-Wave Optics

Berlin Adlershof, Germany
Part of: 
EOSAM 2014
15 September 2014 - 19 September 2014
Submission Timeframe: 
28 February 2014 - 4 April 2014


Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Optical fiber fabrication and devices
  • Specialty optical fibers
  • Integrated optics: design, fabrication and devices (other than Si-photonics)
  • Guided-wave sensors, based on fibers and planar waveguides (other than Si-photonics)
  • Fiber lasers and related components and phenomena
  • Telecom optics, devices and sub-systems


  • Chair: Seppo Honkanen, University of Eastern Finland (FI)
  • Co-chair: Franko Küppers, Darmstadt University of Technology (DE)


  • Gualtiero Nunzi Conti, di Fisica Applicata Nello Carrara (IT)
  • Matthieu Roussey, University of Eastern Finland (FI)
  • Nadège Courjal, FEMTO-ST Institute (FR)
  • Robert Norwood, University of Arizona (US)
  • Karl-Friedrich Klein, Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen (DE)


  • Emiliano Descrovi, DISAT - Politecnico di Torino (IT): Light manipulation through surface modes in dielectric multilayers
  • Goëry Genty, Tampere University of Technology (FI): Rogue waves in Optics
  • Jean-Emmanuel Broquin, IMEP-LAHC, Grenoble (FR): Glass integrated optics: from telecom to sensors
  • Maria-Pilar Bernal, FEMTO-ST, Besancon (FR): Lithium Niobate Nanophotonics: When Optics beats technology
  • Nasser Peyghambarian, University of Arizona (US): New hand-held fiber lasers and their applications in biomedical applications
  • Stefan Wabnitz, Università di Brescia (IT): Optical turbulence and synchronisation in fiber lasers
  • Zhipei Sun, Aalto University (FI): Modulating light with 2D materials

TOM 5 – Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics: Fundamentals and Applications

Berlin Adlershof, Germany
Part of: 
EOSAM 2014
15 September 2014 - 19 September 2014
Submission Timeframe: 
28 February 2014 - 4 April 2014


Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Photonic crystals and wires, optical microcavities, slow light
  • Subwavelength metal surfaces, plasmonic crystals
  • Transport in quasiperiodic and random photonic systems
  • Negative- and zero- refractive index and other metamaterial concepts
  • Active and tunable optical metamaterials
  • Electromagnetic field confinement and enhancement
  • Evanescent fields and optical imaging
  • Nanomanipulation with light
  • Quantum and nonlinear optics in nanostructures, optical antennas
  • Nanophotonics for energy conversion applications
  • Nanophotonics for bio- and chemo-sensing applications
  • Theory and modelling for nanophotonics and metamaterials


  • Chair: Philippe Lalanne, Institute d’Optique (FR)
  • Co-chairs: Larry Yuan, Shenzhen University China (CN)
                    Paul Urbach, Delft University of Technology (NL)


  • Anatoly Zayats, King’s College London (UK)
  • Cefe López, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC) (ES)
  • Concita Sibilia, Sapienza University of Rome (IT)
  • J.J. Greffet, Institut d´Optique (FR)
  • Joseph Braat, Delft University of Technology (NL)
  • Larry Yuan, Shenzen University (CN)
  • Paul Urbach, Delft University of Technology (NL)


  • Martin Wegener, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (DE)


  • Jaime Gómez Rivas, Eindhoven University of Technology (NL) (Joint invited talk with TOM 10)
  • Javier Garcia de Abajo, ICFO (ES)
  • Jesper Mork, Technical University of Denmark (DK)
  • Lei Zhou, Fudan University (CN)
  • Mario Agio, National Institute of Optics (CNR-INO) (IT)
  • Martin Van Exter, Leiden University (NL)
  • Pavel Belov, ITMO St. Petersburg (RU) (not confirmed)
  • Geoffroy Lerosey, Institut Langevin - ESPCI ParisTech and CNRS (FR): Locally Resonant Metamaterials: Focusing, Imaging and Manipulating Waves at the Deep Subwavelength Scale
  • Uwe Zeitner, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (DE)


TOM 10 – Diffractive Optics

Berlin Adlershof, Germany
Part of: 
EOSAM 2014
15 September 2014 - 19 September 2014
Submission Timeframe: 
28 February 2014 - 4 April 2014

Topical meetings in Diffractive Optics in this series have been organized on eight occasions before, in most cases under the auspices of EOS (Savonlinna 1997, Jena 1999, Budapest 2001, Oxford 2003, Warsaw 2005, Barcelona 2007, Koli 2010, Delft 2012). This time, Diffractive Optics has been added as one new TOM in the 2014 EOSAM.
Contributions are solicited on all areas of Diffractive Optics and all application fields are concerned, including life sciences, sensing, solid state lighting, and solar photonics.


Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Modelling of diffractive optics
  • Diffractive optics and polarization
  • Scattering by diffractive optical elements
  • Inverse problems in diffraction optics
  • Fabrication and characterisation, measurement and inspection
  • Adaptive and switchable diffractive optics
  • New materials for diffractive optics including metamaterials


  • Pierre Chavel, Institut d’Optique (FR)
  • Jari Turunen,  University of Eastern Finland (FI)


  • Benfeng Bai, Tsinghua University (CN)
  • Pedro Andrés Bou, Universtitat de València (ES) 
  • Uwe Zeitner, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (DE)
  • Yves Jourlin, Université Jean Monnet/ CNRS (FR)


  • Webster Cash, University of Colorado (US): Advanced Astronomical Observatories Using Binary Diffractive Optics


  • Andrew Forbes, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (ZA): Customised laser modes by dynamic and geometric phase control
  • Gladys Minguez-Vega, Universitat Jaume I (ES): Shaping femtosecond beams with spatial light modulators
  • Jaime Gómez Rivas, Eindhoven University of Technology (NL) (Joint invited talk with TOM 5)
  • Juan Liu, Beijing Institute of Technology (CN): Design and fabrication of the diffractive optical elements on curved surface by interference
  • Piotr Wróbel, University of Warsaw (PL): Diffraction grating-coupled plasmon-polariton surface waves
  • Toyohiko Yatagai, Utsunomiya University (JP): Full view-angle 3D display with computer-generated holograms based on rigorous diffraction theory

First EOSAM summer school

Part of: 
EOSAM 2014
15 September 2014


1) HZB/BESSY, Lecture Hall (Room No. 3147)     Albert-Einstein-Straße 15,
12489 Berlin-Adlershof (6 minutes walk from EOSAM location)

RUDOWER CHAUSSEE 17, 12489 Berlin-Adlershof
Room: Newton

The registration will open at 8am on Monday morning at HZB Bessy Lobby (Albert-Einstein-Strasse 15), next to the lecture hall.    

EOSAM 2014 will include for the first time a Summer School on "Novelties in OPTICS and PHOTONICS".

The Summer school will be held on Monday 15th September and is kindly hosted by PTB. The Summer School will include 10 tutorials on topics related to the main sessions (also called TOMs) of EOSAM 2014. The objective is to teach the backgrounds followed by main current applications related to the upcoming TOMs.

TOM 2 – Silicon Photonics

Berlin Adlershof, Germany
Part of: 
EOSAM 2014
15 September 2014 - 19 September 2014
Submission Timeframe: 
28 February 2014 - 4 April 2014


Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Design, simulation and fabrication for Si-photonics
  • Optical interconnects
  • High speed, low power PICs
  • Monolithic or hybrid (CMOS-compatible) optical sources and detectors (SiGe, III/V, alt. Mat. etc.)
  • Optical computing
  • Monolithic or hybrid fabrication for photonic structures on Si (3D-Laser-litho¬grahy and nano-imprint, etc.)
  • Nano photonics tailored for Si-Photonics (Photonic Crystals, nonlinear optics, etc.)
  • Assembly and packaging
  • Future Si-photonic manufacturing (e.g. foundry concepts or alternative approaches)


  • Chair: Ralf Bergmann, Bremer Institut für angewandte Strahltechnik (BIAS) (DE)
  • Co-Chair: Graham Reed, University of Southampton (GB)


  • Antti Säynätjoki, Aalto University (FI)
  • Concita Sibilia, University of Rome (IT)
  • Franz Hutter, Institut für Mikroelektronik Stuttgart (IMS CHIPS), Stuttgart (DE)
  • Gunter Roelkens, Ghent University (BE) 
  • José Capmany, ITEAM Research Institute Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (ES)
  • Klaus Petermann, Technical University, Berlin (DE)
  • Mike Wale, Oclaro Technology Plc. (UK)
  • Roberta Ramponi, Politecnico di Milano (IT)
  • Seppo Honkanen, University of Eastern Finland (FI)
  • Stefan Maier, Imperial College London (GB)
  • Walter Lang, IMSAS, University Bremen (DE)


  • Bert Offrein, IBM Research, Rüschlikon (CH): Photonics for computing applications and the need for electro-optical integration


  • Dries van Thourhout, University of Ghent (BE): III-V integration on silicon: monolithic or bonding?
  • Ivo Rendina, Institute of Microelectronics and Microsystems of CNR-Italy, Napoli (IT): New perspectives in silicon micro and nanophotonics
  • Lars Zimmermann, Leibniz-Institut für innovative Mikroelektronik (IHP), Frankfurt Oder (DE): High-speed photonic electronic integration on silicon for telecom and metro networks
  • Lionel Kimerling, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge (US): The future of Silicon Photonics
  • Martijn Heck, Aarhus University (DK): Integration of Ultra-Low Loss Waveguides with Silicon Photonics    
  • Pol Van Dorpe, IMEC Leuven (BE): CMOS compatible biophotonics based on SiN waveguides

ePIXfab workshop: Fabrication and packaging services in silicon photonics

14:40 EPIC and ePIXfab: How the European industry can exploit silicon photonics?
•         Carlos Lee, EPIC
14:55 Past, present and future of ePIXfab
•         Pieter Dumon, IMEC
15:10 Active & passive waveguide circuits on 220 nm SOI from IMEC and Leti
•         Pieter Dumon, IMEC
15:25 Silicon photonics developed on a SiGe:C BiCMOS pilot line
•         Lars Zimmermann, IHP
15:40 Micron-scale SOI platform for low-loss circuits and broadband I/O coupling
•         Timo Aalto, VTT
15:55 Packaging of silicon photonic chips
•         Timo Aalto, VTT

TOM 7 – Energy Harvesting and Organic Photonics

Berlin Adlershof, Germany
Part of: 
EOSAM 2014
15 September 2014 - 19 September 2014
Submission Timeframe: 
28 February 2014 - 4 April 2014


Topics include but are not limited to: 

  • Spectroscopy of functional organic materials 
  • Organic lasers and optical amplifiers 
  • Organic photonics: self-assembled vs top-down patterning 
  • OLEDs and OLETs 
  • Transport and conduction in organic devices 
  • Spectroscopy of functional organic materials 
  • Photovoltaics, dye-sensitised solar cells and photodetectors 
  • Organic optical or electrical sensors 
  • Organic micro and nano-cavities, organic photonic crystals 
  • Hybrid organic / inorganic systems / biological devices and systems 
  • Theory of optical and electronic excitations 


  • Chair: Guglielmo Lanzani, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, (IT)
  • Co-chairs: David Lidzey, University of Sheffield (GB)
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