EOS Annual Meeting 2012 (EOSAM 2012)

Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Scotland, UK
25 September 2012 - 28 September 2012
General Chair(s): 
  • Hervé Lefevre - iXBLUE / France
  • Paul Urbach - Delft University of Technology / Netherlands
  • John Watson - University of Aberdeen / United Kingdom

Pre-registration is closed. Please register on-site at the EOS registration counter. Note: Only cash and credit card payments can be accepted on-site.






Final Programme

The Final Programme is now online: Final Programme (pdf-file, 1.51 MB).



EOSAM 2012 at a glance

  • 7 Topical Meetings
  • Workshop on Continuing Education: Short Courses for Industry
  • Grand Challenges of Photonics Session
  • Exhibition focusing on “blue photonics – optics in the sea”
  • EOS Annual General Assembly 2012
  • EOS Student Reception


Foreword by the General Chairs

Launched in 2006, and since hosted every even year by the OPTO exhibit in Paris, the EOS Annual Meeting (EOSAM) has established itself as a major European event for our Optics & Photonics community with more than 600 attendees. 

This year, for our fourth EOSAM, our Board unanimously decided to move to Aberdeen in Scotland, to reflect our desire to reach out into the wider European optical community and broaden our appeal to those not directly connected with us. Located on the North Sea coast, Aberdeen is the centre for Europe’s oil and gas industry, and is now the focus of Scotland’s blossoming renewable energy industry ; it has a rich and inspiring industrial and maritime pedigree. The Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Center (AECC) is a world-standard venue and offers many attractive meeting facilities and is renowned for the quality of its service and its cuisine. The exhibition which will be featured in EOSAM 2012 will enable our members to interact with a new client set.
Outwith the conference, there is much to see and do in the city and in the surrounding Aberdeenshire. In the ʺGranite Cityʺ itself there is much to explore, from the granite facade of Union street and Scotland’s third oldest University (founded in 1495) to its dynamic modern arts and culture scene. There are many fine restuarants offering everything from pizza to seafood to, of course, Aberdeen Angus steaks ! In the Shire you will find Scotland’s largest national park (The Grampians), a dramatically imposing coastline and the famous "whisky" and "castle" trails.
EOSAM 2012 will be composed of seven Topical Meetings (TOMs) including two new subjects, Silicon Photonics (TOM 2) and Optical Systems for the Energy and Production Industries (TOM 7). In addition, our Grand Challenges of Photonics session will be renewed and, for the first time, EOS will organize its own exhibition with a particular emphasis on offshore applications, the core industrial activity of Aberdeen.
 Join EOSAM 2012 and present your research in Aberdeen, “the energy capital of Europe”! Aberdeen offers you the traditional Gaelic greeting of ʺCeud Mille Failte” – a hundred thousand welcomes. 
General     Chair
Hervé Lefèvre
Deputy General Chair
Paul Urbach
TU Delft (NL)
Local Chair
John Watson
University of Aberdeen (GB)



Topical Meetings & Workshop


Grand Challenges of Photonics Session

For the third time, EOS dedicates a special session to the “Grand Challenges of Photonics". In this session world-class speakers are going to talk about technologies which are revolutionary, uncommon and not realizable to date, but can pave the way for an even brighter future in optics and photonics. “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” [Albert Einstein].
  • Fredrik Laurell, KTH - Royal Institute Technology (SE)
  • Paul Urbach, University of Delft (NL)


Invited Speakers

  • Chris Edwards, S.T.F.C. Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (GB)
  • Andrea Ferrari, University of Cambridge (UK)
  • Yosuke Tanaka, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (JP)

EOSAM 2012 Exhibition

As a novelty in 2012, an EOS organised exhibition will be held alongside the annual meeting to bridge the gap between science and industry. The EOSAM 2012 exhibition offers an excellent platform for gaining visibility and networking. 

View all exhibitors.

View the hall plan.

 The exhibition will run from Tuesday, 25 September to Thursday, 27 September. The opening hours are:

  • Tuesday, 25 September 2012: 10:30 – 18:00
  • Wednesday, 26 September 2012: 10:45 – 18:00
  • Thursday, 28 September 2012: 10:30 – 17:30


Interested in exhibiting at EOSAM 2012? Contact us at aberdeen@myeos.org or read our exhibitor brochure. You may also download the exhibitor contract.




Paper Publication in JEOS:RP

Attendees of EOSAM 2012 receive a 20% discount on the publication rate for JEOS:RP (Journal of the European Optical Society: Rapid Publications). The paper submitted must be an original contribution that is connected to EOSAM 2012 and will be reviewed against JEOS:RP's regular standards for insight, quality and novelty.
JEOS:RP is a peer-reviewed open-access journal at www.jeos.org. The 2011 Impact Factor: 1.019

Paper submission deadline: 30 November 2012

Special publication fee for standard papers of EOS attendees

  • 280 € (instead of 350 €) for full EOS members
  • 320 € (instead of 400 €) for non EOS members

For further information please see: www.jeos.org/forms/AuthorGuide.pdf




Pre-registration is closed. Please register on-site at the EOS registration counter. Note: Only cash and credit card payments can be accepted on-site.

On-site registration hours - EOS registration desk

Monday, 24. Sept. 16:00 - 18:30
Tuesday, 25 Sept. 08:00 - 18:00  
Wednesday, 26 Sept. 08:00 - 18:00
Thursday, 27 Sept. 08:00 - 18:00
Friday, 28 Sept. 08:30 - 16:00

At least one author of an accepted contribution is requested to register properly in advance to EOSAM 2012.

The registration fee includes full-time admission to all topical meetings, workshops and accompanying events, a digest CD-ROM incl. the abstracts of all presentations given at EOSAM 2012 (not included in one-day fee) and coffee breaks as well as the admission to the exhibition.
Registrations from companies and non-university research institutes registered in EU countries (except Germany) are exempted from VAT, if VAT no. is given.

Registration categories

Late/on-site registration
(From 1 August)

Universities, private persons, German and non-EU companies and non-university research institutes EU companies and EU non-university research institutes
(except Germany)


Late/on-site registration for members

610.00 €
(incl. 19% VAT)
512.61 €
(excl. VAT, VAT no. required)
Late/on-site registration for non-members
660.00 €
(incl. 19% VAT)
554.62 €
(excl. VAT, VAT no. required)
Late/on-site registration for student members
Copy of your current student ID required.
330.00 €
(incl. 19% VAT)
277.31 €
(excl. VAT, VAT no. required)
Late/on-site registration for student non-members
Copy of your current student ID required.
360.00 €
(incl. 19% VAT)
302.52 €
(excl. VAT, VAT no. required)
Late/on-site registration for invited speakers
420.00 €
(incl. 19% VAT)
352.94 €
(excl. VAT, VAT no. required)
Late/on-site registration for one-day/workshop
The digest CD-ROM is not included in this fee.
330.00 €
(incl. 19% VAT)
277.31 €
(excl. VAT, VAT no. required)
Extra digest (CD-ROM)
member rate
72.00 €
(incl. 19% VAT)
60.50 €
(excl. VAT, VAT no. required)
Extra digest (CD-ROM)
non-member rate
82.00 €
(incl. 19% VAT)
68.91 €
(excl. VAT, VAT no. required)





Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC)
Bridge of Don
AB23 8BL
Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre is Scotland‘s second largest conference venue, regularly hosting major international events. In 2003, the AECC saw £18 million of expansion and redevelopment and is now one of Scotland’s largest conference centres.
Aberdeen - the „Granite City“
Standing at the gateway to Scotland’s Castle and Whisky County, Aberdeen is a prosperous, cosmopolitan city. With its sparkling granite buildings, it has one of Scotland's most enchanting skylines, while the city's Old Town has a magical air of time gone by.
Spectacular architecture, fascinating history and a lively social scene are good reasons to combine work with pleasure. You can sample the 'water of life' and visit the eight distilleries on the world's only Malt Whisky trail. Follow the Castle Trail and take in 13 of the finest gems the region has to offer. Play on championship golf courses or follow in Queen Victoria's footsteps - the choice is yours. Read more at www.visitscotland.com/aberdeen.  




By air
Aberdeen's international airport is served by a number of major carriers, providing an extensive network of routes throughout the UK, direct to Europe and worldwide through major hubs.
Aberdeen International Airport is currently extending the runways, and additional international direct flights will be operated as of mid 2012. For sample flights and rates please see PDF "Getting to Aberdeen by air".
By train
Rail services connect Aberdeen both north and south. There are regular direct trains to London, and services from Edinburgh and Glasgow link with other mainline routes. Inverness, the scenic West Coast and Highlands are reached northwards.



Getting Around

Bus Shuttle Service

A shuttle service for EOSAM 2012 attendees from Aberdeen city centre to the AECC in the morning and back to the city centre in the evening will be offered. Detailed information is available here.


Public transportation

Information on public transportation to the AECC can be downloaded here (pdf -file, 77 KB).

Further information on travelling to Aberdeen and getting around in the „Granite City“ is available at:



Touristic Highlights

Aberdeen City tours and trips to the surrounding Aberdeenshire with Scotland's largest national park, a dramatically imposing coastline and famous castles can be booked at:

Further information on Aberdeen and sightseeing proposals can be found at the official website of the Abeerdeen City Council: www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/tourism_visitor_attractions/tourism_visitor_attractions.asp




Accommodation options can be found at the properties below. The rates will differ day to day depending on availability.

Ibis Aberdeen Centre, 3.4 miles from AECC


Premier Inn City Centre Hotel, 3.1 miles from AECC
Premier Inn Aberdeen North (Murcar), 1.7 miles from AECC
Premier Inn Central West, 5.8 miles from AECC

Travelodge City Centre, 3.6 miles from AECC
Travelodge Justice Mill Lane, 4 miles from AECC
Travelodge Bucksburn, 5.5 miles from AECC
Travelodge Aberdeen Airport , 6.2 miles from AECC
Aberdeen City has around 4,500 hotel bedrooms, with a further 2,000 additional rooms planned to come on stream over the next three years. EOSAM 2012 delegates can choose between hotels onsite at the AECC and city centre hotels.



Invitation Letters

If you require an invitation letter for this meeting, please fill in the invitation letter form: www.myeos.org/events/invitation.


Sponsoring & Advertising

Gain visibility among our delegates and benefit from a wide range of sponsoring and advertising opportunities starting from 500 € and special rates are granted upon advertising packages including two or more options. Download the Sponsor's and Advertiser's Guide for details, download the reservation form for bookings or contact us at aberdeen@myeos.org




EOS - Events & Services GmbH
Garbsener Landstrasse 10
30419 Hannover, Germany

Phone: +49 511 2788 115
Fax: +49 511 2788 119
Email: aberdeen@myeos.org