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January 2018 Number 114

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The Spanish Optical Society SEDOPTICA to celebrate its 50th anniversary

This 50th anniversary arrives in a moment of expansion of the optics and photonics community.

Institute of Optics “Daza de Valdés”, former headquarter of SEDOPTICA.


The Spanish Optical Society (SEDOPTICA) holds since its foundation in 1968 the representation of the Spanish Territorial Committee in ICO, of which Spain was a founding member in 1948. At the time SEDOPTICA was created, Spain began to expand and modernize its scientific activity, both in its universities and in the National Research Council (CSIC). The Institute of Optics “Daza de Valdés” (founded in 1946 by Prof. José Otero Navascués, former Vice President of ICO) was the headquarters of SEDOPTICA and continues to be integrated within the Center of Physics of CSIC.

This 50th anniversary comes at a time of expansion of the optics and photonics community in Spain. SEDOPTICA has now more than 350 individual members and includes so-called Young Area for students, as well as associated entities such as industrial partners and companies linked to activities within optics, photonics, vision, laser and biomedical instrumentation, among others.

An important activity developed by the members of SEDOPTICA is the periodic publication of “Óptica Pura y Aplicada”, the open-access scientific journal for optics and photonics published in Spanish since 1968, with four issues per year.

In addition, the Society holds different topical meetings, such as the Spanish Meeting of Optoelectronics (OPTOEL) the National Color Congress (CNC) or the National Meeting of Spectroscopy (RNE) among others. The main general congress of SEDOPTICA is the National Meeting of Optics (RNO), celebrated every two/three years since 1988. SEDOPTICA also participates in the organization of the International Day of Light to be held on May 16, 2018. Its central activities in Spain will be carried out in the Faculty of Physics of the Complutense University of Madrid.

This year, the RNO ( coincides with the celebration of the anniversary of SEDOPTICA and the congress will be held in Castellón, an active university city located on the Mediterranean coast, from July 3 to 6, 2018. The ceremony of the 50th anniversary of SEDOPTICA will be organized on July 6th within RNO2018. This congress will be a great opportunity to meet with colleagues from Spain, but also from Europe, Latin America and the rest of the world.

All the Spanish community in optics and photonics would like to share with colleagues and friends this important celebration for the continuity of its activities and the motivation of the new generations of Spanish researchers involved in the study of the properties of light and its applications.

More information:  

María Luisa Calvo, Univ. Complutense de Madrid

Ignacio Moreno, Univ. Miguel Hernández de Elche



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