This year’s European Conference on Optical Communications will be held in Turin, Italy in September www.ecoc2010.org. The conference is one of the world’s major technical conferences where the latest developments in Optical Communications are presented and discussed (the other is OFC in the Spring in the USA). ECOC visits a different European city each year and I have attended every one of the last 10… in Munich, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Rimini, Stockholm, Glasgow, Cannes, Berlin, Brussels, Vienna.
I find that regular attendance at these technical conferences is the best way to stay at the leading edge of fibre optics technology. The trends in key technologies can be tracked from the laboratory to field trials to commercial deployments. These key developments are integrated into our training courses such as the Certified Optical Network Engineer programme. The knowledge gained also helps in my work on the development of International Standards in fibre optics, to make sure that new standards are developed in timely fashion and that existing standards are updated as necessary.
Alongside the technical conference there is also the largest fibre optics exhibition in Europe, this provides a good opportunity for seeing new products, networking and meeting friends from around the industry. If you will be in Turin and would like to arrange a meeting then please get in touch.
This year ECOC will also coincide with the 21st Birthday of OTT, incorporated on 20th September 1989, so if you’re in Turin it would be good to see you at the Conference welcome reception on 20th September.