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Twentieth International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors

Date: Monday 5 October 2009 to Friday 9 October 2009
Venue: Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Organised by: The Optics and Photonics Division of the Institute of Physics

Call for papers

The International Conference on ‘Optical Fibre Sensors’ is acknowledged as the world’s leading conference on all topics related to fibre-optic, guided-wave and optical sensing devices, systems, theories and techniques for research and applications. OFS-20 returns to the UK, and will be held in Edinburgh from 5-9 October 2009. The first OFS was held in London, in 1983. Since then it has become established as the leading forum. The conference is held approximately every eighteen months, rotating between the Americas, Europe and Asia. For OFS-10 in 1995 the conference returned to the United Kingdom when it was held in Glasgow. It is therefore appropriate that it will return to the UK again in 2009. The conference will be held in association with the Optics and Photonics Division of the Institute of Physics, and the IOP’s ‘Sensors and their Applications’ conference will be co-located with it. OFS-20 will offer invited and contributed paper presentations — both in oral plenary sessions and poster sessions — special workshops, a commercial product exhibit, as well as social and cultural events.

Our plenary speaker is Professor Philip Russell FRS, Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen, who will speak on Light and Matter in Photonic Crystal Fibres. The conference will include sessions on:

  • Smart Structures and Materials;
  • Physical Sensors;
  • Distributed Sensors;
  • Multiplexing and Networking;
  • Chemical Sensors;
  • Interferometers and Gyroscopes;
  • Micro- and Nano-engineered sensors;
  • Devices for Photonic Sensing;
  • Systems and Field Trials.


Sessions will include keynote presentations. There will be a special joint session with the co-located conference Sensors and their Applications XV and two workshops comprising invited presentations:

  • Photonic Crystal Fibres for Sensing;
  • Bio-photonic Instrumentation and Sensing;


There will be a post-deadline session (papers must be submitted by September 8) and three poster sessions, in addition to a lively social programme.

On behalf of my fellow organisers, I look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh.

Julian Jones
OFS-20 Chair


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