The COVID-19 outbreak has presented everyone with unprecedented challenges and uncertainties. We have been closely monitoring the travel advice and public health guidelines issued through the official channels of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Government of Belgium, and Belgian public health agencies.

In light of uncertainties regarding international travel, in response to requests from local authorities, and in consultation with ECOC Management Committee we have decided to postpone ECOC 2020 to 6th – 10th December 2020, also in Brussels, Belgium.

By postponing ECOC 2020 we will significantly increase the possibility of a successful edition (in person !) of our conference and NEXUS Media, our partner in organizing the exhibition, is also engaged in this scenario. We also decided to postpone the paper submission deadline to 28 August, thus offering the possibility to complete the experiments which in many laboratories have come to a halt due to the corona crisis.

ECOC 2020, as a premier event worldwide in our field, will continue to provide you with a unique and high-level platform to present your research results. Accepted papers at ECOC 2020 will be presented and published. We call upon all of you to submit your papers, to plan attending and to make this into a great edition.

We will deliver further announcements with details concerning paper submission and registration via the website and via the social media. Closer to the event we will also announce, if required, specific modalities for presenting your paper.

With best regards

Peter Van Daele & Ton Koonen

ECOC 2020 General co-Chairs

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ECOC is the largest conference on optical communication in Europe, and one of the most respected and long-standing events of its kind in the world. ECOC 2020, from 6th – 10th December 2020, will be the 46th edition, which indicates the stability and the attractiveness of this conference as one of the world’s major events in the field, providing a prime forum for new developments and results in optical communication techniques and networks.

ECOC travels around Europe from year to year and now returns to the Benelux region. Alternating between the Netherlands and Belgium, ECOC 2020 will be back to Brussels where it was for the first time in 1995, marking the start of the link between a commercial exhibition and the conference and then back in 2008. In response to the increasing interest in the field of optical communications both in research and industry, the event has grown since then, both in size and importance and has successfully withstood the internet-bubble and the crisis in the telecommunication industry. Since a few years ECOC is again growing in size, importance and impact and ECOC 2020 will continue on this élan with even more exhibitors and papers from all over the world. ECOC 2020 is organised by IMEC, the Inter-university Microelectronics Center, a world-leading independent research center in nanoelectronics and digital technology.

People have always worked together by sharing information and knowledge through speech, writing, the printed word, telephony and broadcasting media and of course more recently the internet. Sharing information empowers individuals and communities, and enables whole societies to benefit from the experience of everyone within them and therefore communications are at the heart of human life and social development. Offering everybody this ability to communicate at all time and from everywhere is perhaps one of the most profound changes our civilization has gone through and the new applications that pop up every day on the internet, the eagerness of people to communicate to others in chat rooms, blogs, websites, photo & video-sharing and the explosion of (personal) data available is the obvious proof of it.

Optical communication forms the basis of this offer and the migration of fibre closer to the customer, everywhere in the world, often in combination with a wireless link for the last meters, is a clearly visible illustration. However to cope with the challenges of the evolution towards a peta-bytes network, new management structures, technologies, protocols, equipment, components,.. are required at every level and every place in the network. ECOC 2020 is the place to showcase these new evolutions in optical communications and to exchange new ideas, concepts and results amongst your peers.

The programme will consist of a set of high-level plenary speakers, tutorials, invited papers, workshops, symposia, and most importantly, parallel sessions with your contributions, technical papers, demonstrations and posters. The programme will highlight new breakthroughs in the field of optical communications in different areas such as: Fibres, Fibre Devices and Amplifiers, Waveguide and Optoelectronic Devices, Subsystems and Network Elements for Optical Networks, Transmission Systems, Backbone and Core Networks, Access and Local Area Networks.

On top of this, Brussels is home to the European Commission and the majority of the European Union’s Institutions, making it the bustling political heart of Europe and consequently also of the Horizon 2020 programme. ECOC 2020 will include several initiatives such as workshops, demo-sessions and events which will focus on and highlight the importance of the H2020 programme in the fields covered by ECOC.

As has been the case at ECOC 2018 and all even years, Brussels will also host a CLEO Focus Meeting within the ECOC 2020 programme.

We welcome you to ECOC 2020 in Brussels - the Bustling Heart of Europe, well-known for its tradition of chocolates, beers, French fries, biscuits,…. with over 1,800 restaurants, trendy bars and taverns in the city centre. Brussels also hosts numerous museums exhibiting work from world-famous artists, from Magritte to Rubens. It is the city of Comic Strips and the World Capital of ‘Art Nouveau’, amongst other highlights thanks to Victor Horta. Brussels also hosts the headquarters of NATO, is home to over 1,200 NGOs and over 1,700 international associations.

Make ECOC2020 your event, submit you work through our Call for Papers and work with us in building an exciting conference!