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 kohonen@myeos.org 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.


Register to Conference

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, www.jeos.org). 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, groups@grandhotelcentral.com, +34 93 295 79 00

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

Tryp Barcelona Apolo
Reservations: Clara Mias, clara.mias@melia.com, +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 Booking.com. 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, http://www.tribuwoki.com/en/restaurante/barraca-barceloneta/

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


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