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The 14th International young scientist conference “DOC 2018” is arriving soon


On behalf of SPIE and OSA student chapters from the University of Latvia we are pleased to invite students and promising young scientists to join us in Riga, Latvia, for the 14th International young scientist conference “Developments in Optics and Communications 2018”!

The conference will be held on April 12 - 13, 2018 in Riga, Latvia, at the University of Latvia Academic Centre for Natural Sciences (Jelgavas Street 1). Here you will have a great opportunity to meet other students and young scientists that work in the research field of optics and photonics, share your ideas and experiences as well as establish contacts for future collaborations. Please note, that the official language of the conference is English.

As every year, the conference topics will cover:

  • Biophotonics;
  • Laser Physics and Spectroscopy;
  • Optical Materials and Phenomena;
  • Optics in Communications;
  • Vision Science;

However, this year we would like to introduce another section to expand the variety of topics covered and to offer you even more fascinating talks and posters, so this year you are welcome to submit your work under:

  • Optics and Material Science


Online registration and abstract submission till 4th of February, 2018, 23:59, UTC+2.

Participation fee*:

  • Early Bird before December 24, 2017 // 7.00 €
  • after December 24, 2017 // 10.00 €
  • University of Latvia SPIE (UL SPIE) and OSA Student chapter members // 5.00 €
  • Attendance only (no presentation or poster) // free of charge

*The participation fee must be paid only after the registration is approved.

Additional requirements:


Please check your visa requirements online before traveling to Latvia! If you need an official invitation letter to obtain a visa, please contact the organizing committee before the 4th of February, 2018.

Grants and Financial support

Limited amount of travel grants for covering travel expenses and accommodation will be available to international students. To apply for the grant, please, contact the organizing committee before 4th of February, 2018.

Payments can be made by bank transfer:

Starptautiska Lietiskas Optikas biedriba

Reg. No.: LV 40008007223

IBAN: LV25UNLA0050005984622


Text in the transfer explanation: DOC2018 and your name (e.g., DOC2018, John Smith).

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We are looking forward to seeing you there!