26th Congress of the International Commission for Optics

ICO-26, South Africa

21-25 October 2024
Lord Charles Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

WITH NOBEL LAUREATE PRESENTERS

Prof Anne L'Huillier

Prof Anne L’Huillier
Nobel Prize in Physics 2023

Prof Donna Strickland

Prof Donna Strickland
Nobel Prize in Physics 2018

Welcome to ICO-26!

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen

It is with immense pleasure and excitement that I welcome you to the 26th Congress of the International Commission for Optics (ICO), being hosted for the very first time on the African continent. As the Chair of this prestigious gathering, I am deeply honored to lead what is poised to be a significant milestone for the African Continent alongside esteemed honorary co-chair Prof Ahmadou Wague.

The decision to bring the ICO Conference to Africa underscores our collective commitment to advancing the field of optics while also recognizing the immense potential and contribution that the African continent holds. This conference marks a significant milestone in bridging the gap between optics research and the developmental needs of Africa.

Throughout our time together, we will explore and deliberate on a wide array of topics, ranging from fundamental optics research to its practical applications. As we gather here, let us seize this invaluable opportunity to exchange ideas, forge collaborations, and inspire one another towards a shared vision of harnessing the power of optics for the betterment of Society.  Our discussions will not only revolve around the latest advancements in optical science and technology but will also emphasize how these innovations can be harnessed to drive global linkages.

On behalf of the organizing committee, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to our esteemed speakers, sponsors, partners, and participants for their unwavering support and dedication towards making this conference a resounding success. Together, let us embark on this journey of exploration, innovation, and collaboration, as we work towards unlocking the boundless potential of optics globally.

Once again, welcome to the 26th Congress of the International Commission for Optics on African Soil!

Yaseera Ismail
Chair, ICO-26
Optica Appointed Vice President of the ICO
Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Prof Yaseera Ismail

IMPORTANT DATES

18 March 2024
Call for papers

20 March 2024
Registration opens

21 June 2024 @ 23h59 CET
Final extended deadline for papers

July 2024
Abstract acceptance

July 2024
Programme issue

1 August 2024 @ 23h59 CET
Registration closes

1 August 2024 @ 23h59 CET
Deadline for booking accommodation

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CONFERENCE INFORMATION

Congress schedule

Programme

Plenary speakers

Congress policies

Invited speakers

Visa and invitation letter

ABOUT THE VENUE

Lord Charles Hotel

The venue

Conference facilities at the Lord Charles Hotel

Conference facilities

Accommodation at the Lord Charles Hotel

Accommodation

SPONSORS

ICO
Optica
NITheCS
UNESCO UNITWIN
UNISA
Spie
RIAO
Stellenbosch University
LAM
Optica
IFCAE
EOS
Societe Francaise dOptique

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