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About ECOC

1594 attendees

409 papers presented

30 countries attended ECOC 2019

We’re looking forward to meeting you in Glasgow, famed for its architecture, music, food and drink, scenery and lots more besides.

Many leading names in science and engineering have a connection to Scotland, including electromagnetics and optics pioneers James Clerk Maxwell and David Brewster, and Lord Kelvin, Alexander Graham Bell and John Logie Baird.

Glasgow was also the birthplace of the architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and you can still see his influence in many of Glasgow’s finest buildings.

ECOC is one of the leading conferences on optical communication, and attracts scientists and researchers from across the world. When you attend, you can look forward to hearing about new innovations, initiatives and results from some of the world’s top researchers in both industry and academia.

ECOC is the key meeting place to share knowledge, exchange ideas, foster innovation and start collaborations on a global level.

Who attends ECOC?


The ECOC 2023 logo

The ECOC 2023 logo commemorates electromagnetic waves, as explained by Scottish scientist, James Clerk Maxwell, who was born in Edinburgh, just 40 miles from the conference venue.

In 1865, Maxwell published A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field, in which he demonstrated that electric and magnetic fields travel through space as waves moving at the speed of light. He proposed that light is an undulation in the same medium that is the cause of electric and magnetic phenomena.

On the right hand side of the logo, you can see a representation of the Clyde Arc Bridge, which has a similar feel to the arc of a wave, and is a Glasgow landmark that you are sure to see when you visit ECOC. It is known locally as the “Squinty Bridge”!

The colour scheme is based on a version of Glasgow’s tartan, which is very close to the RGB colours of the standard light source.

ECOC 2024

In 2024, the 50th ECOC will take place in Frankfurt. Bookmark the ECOC 2024 website for the latest news.

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