List of Photonics/Optics Events Affected Due to COVID-19

Posted Mar 26, 2020 by GoPhotonics

The global COVID-19 (corona virus) epidemic has impacted businesses worldwide, irrespective of their service domains. The Photonics/Optics industry, like all, too has seen a global slowdown amid the outbreak of the virus which has now affected almost 198 countries.

And with global health bodies including the WHO recommending against large social gatherings, in order to minimize the risk of spreading the virus at a larger scale, major conferences, expositions as well as sporting events have been either cancelled or postponed. The photonics industry in itself has seen some major events being cancelled or postponed in the past months, the latest being the postponement of LASYS 2020 event by Messe Stuttgart. LASYS - the international trade fair for Laser material processing, has now been rescheduled for 2021. Laser World of Photonics China 2020, scheduled to happen in March, was another major photonics/optoelectronics event which had to be postponed due to safety concerns of the visitors and industry professionals alike.

Other major events too, have now announced their plans to cancel or postpone/re-schedule the events. We have compiled a list of all the major Photonics/Optics events which have been cancelled or have been postponed/rescheduled, this year:

LASER World of PHOTONICS CHINA 2020 POSTPONED 18 - 20 March, 2020 03 - 05 July, 2020
CS International Conference 2020 POSTPONED 31 March - 1 April, 2020 17 - 18 November, 2020
PIC International Conference 2020 POSTPONED 31 March - 1 April, 2020 17 - 18 November, 2020
SSI International Conference 2020 POSTPONED 31 March - 1 April, 2020 17 - 18 November, 2020
Photonics. World of Lasers and Optics 2020 POSTPONED 31 March - 03 April, 2020 30 March - 02 April, 2021
International Conference on Optics, Lasers & Photonics 2020 POSTPONED 15 - 16 April, 2020 20 - 21 August, 2020
OPIE'20 CANCELLED 22 - 24 April, 2020 -
Auto Sens Detroit 2020 POSTPONED 12 - 14 May, 2020 17 - 19 November, 2020
LASYS 2020 POSTPONED 16 - 18 June 2020 21 - 23 June, 2022
AutoSens Hong Kong 2020 POSTPONED 17 - 19 November, 2020


We will keep updating the list as and when new announcements are made. You can visit the event websites for queries related to registrations, refunds, reschedules or others.

In the mean time, in this period of global epidemic, we advise you to take due care of your health and maintain proper hygiene as well as social distancing to avoid the risk of spreading the virus. Click here to view the WHO Guidelines for up-to-date information on security, health, safety, additional tips and recommendations.