5th Iberoamerican Meeting on Optics, and 8th Latinoamerican Meeting
on Optics, Lasers and Their Applications - RIAO/OPTILAS 2004 Porlamar,
3-8 October 2004
The RIAO/OPTILAS 2004 took place with great success the first week of October
2004 on the beautiful Island of Margarita (Venezuela). The meeting ran as ICO
Regional Meeting with the support and co-sponsorship of the International Society
for Optical Engineering SPIE, the Optical Society of America OSA, the Abdus
Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics ICTP, the Latinoamerican
Center for Physics CLAF, the International Union for Pure and Applied Physics
IUPAP and other important international organizations and local institutions.
Number of attendees
The meeting gathered 329 participants (no shows and cancellations excluded),
101 of then were women, coming from 23 different countries (see list of participants
attached). The majority of the participants were from iberoamerican countries
(Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, Spain, Peru, Trinidad and Venezuela),
however, more than 60 participants came from countries of the rest of the world
showing the growing international character of this regional meeting. There
were 12 cancellations and 23 no-shows. Attendees in terms of country of origin
were: Argentina 41, Brasil 28, Canada 3, Colombia 37, Cuba 3, Chile 6, France
10, Germany 2, Israel 1, Italy 3, Japan 1, Korea 1, Mexico 66, Poland 1, Peru
5, Russia 1, Spain 28, Sweden 1, Swizerland 1, Trinidad Tobago 1, Turkey 1,
USA 11 and Venezuela 77.
The conference demonstrated the maturity and increasing visibility of the
optical research being conducted in the Iberoamerican region.
515 short abstract were accepted for presentation: 192 oral presentations
including 16 invited talks and 315 poster presentations. The presentations
were distributed into 15 sessions including three poster sessions: Industrial
and Biomedical Applications: 23 oral and 45 poster presentations, Quantum Optics
and Lasers (23 oral and 35 posters) Nonlinear Optics (12 oral and 24 posters),
Optical Materials (12 oral and 15 posters), Interferometry and Metrology (21
oral and 34 posters), Optical Devices (15 oral and 22 posters), Optoelectronic
Devices (27 oral and 15 posters), Spectroscopy (4 oral and 33 posters), Physical
Optics (14 oral and 29 posters), Atmospheric Optics (1 oral and 8 posters),
Color, vision y radiometry (7 oral and 15 posters), Image processing (12 oral
and 20 posters), Diffractive Optics (7 oral and 12 posters), Educations on
Optics (5 oral and 3 posters) and Thin films (4 oral and 12 posters).
A total of 16 invited conferences were presented, two of them were presented
by women invited speakers. Remarkable was the invited talk “Manipulating
Light with Atoms” given by Dr. Claude Cohen Tannoudji, 1997 Nobel prize
on Physics. The 2003 ICO Galileo Galilei Award ceremony took place during the
program of the RIAO/OPTILAS 2004 on Tuesday October 5. This time the Galielo
Galileo Prize was awarded to Dr. Cid de Araujo, from University of Pernambuco,
Brasil, who delighted the audience with his invited talk about “Optical
Nonlineaitities of Nanostructured Materials”. Other invited speakers
were: Dr. George Stegeman, from the School on Optics (USA), Dr. Eric Van Stryland,
Director of the School of Optics (USA) and Vicepresident of the OSA (USA),
Dr. Noureddine Melikechi from the Applied Optics Center of Delaware (USA),
Dr. Pierre Meystre from the University of Arizona (USA), Dr. Christos Flytzanis
from le Ècole Normale (France), Dr. Alexander Lappa from the Chelyabinsk
University (Russia), Dr. Pedro Andrés from the Valencia University (Spain),
Dr. Sylvia Braslavsky from the Max Planck Institute (Germany), Dr. Jean Michel
Nunzi and Xuan Nguyen Phu from the Angers University (France), Dr. Margonzata
Kujawiaska from the Varsaw University and SPIE Vicepresident (Poland), Dr.
Amadou Wague from the Dakkar Institute of Atomic Physics (Senegal) and Dr.
Morandotti from the INRS-EMT (Canada). The SPIE President Dr. James Bilbro,
the SPIE Executive Director Dr. Eugene Arthurs and other important SPIE directors
participated in the activities of the RIAO/OPTILAS 2004.
A Forum about the possibilities of international cooperation for Iberoamerica
was also organized with the presence of distinguished directors from SPIE,
OSA and ICO. The 3th School on Optics and Photonics was also included into
the program in which participated over 100 students from all over Iberoamerica.
Eight talks of 45 minutes each were presented during the School.
During the General Assembly a recognition Plate was awarded to Dr. Galieno
Denardo from the ICTP for his continuing support of scientific activities in
developing countries. The Plate was received by Dr. Anna Consortini in representation
of the Italian scientific community.
The RIAO/OPTILAS 2004 was also honored to host the ICO Board of Directors
meeting, which took place on October 9 and 10.
Proceedings: Extended proceedings (4 to 7 pages) were published
by the International Society for Optical Engineering SPIE on a CD ROM version
(volume 5622, 2004, A. Marcano O. and J. L. Paz editors, 1567 pages containing
Grants: 145 students were offered support to assist to the
RIAO/OPTILAS 2004 on ICO, OSA, ICTP, Argentina Optical Territorial Committee
and CLAF grants. 123 of them profited of these grants. The total amount of
funds used to support the assistance of scientists surpass the 30.000 USD
On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the RIAO/OPTILAS 2004 we would like
to thank the IUPAP co-sponsorship of the Conference.
Arístides Marcano, RIAO/OPTILAS 2004 Chairman.