Europe’s leading conference on optical communications, and one of the most prestigious and long-standing events in the field worldwide.

Taking place in the historic and vibrant city of Glasgow, ECOC will showcase the latest cutting-edge developments in optical communication, as well as an exciting social programme that will allow delegates to network and share ideas whilst experiencing the best of Scottish culture.

Parallel to the scientific conference, the ECOC exhibition covers a wide range of optical communication products and services.


We’re looking forward to meeting you in Glasgow, famed for its architecture, music, food and drink, scenery and lots more besides.

Many leading names in science and engineering have a connection to Scotland, including electromagnetics and optics pioneers James Clerk Maxwell and David Brewster, and Lord Kelvin, Alexander Graham Bell and John Logie Baird.

Glasgow was also the birthplace of the architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and you can still see his influence in many of Glasgow’s finest buildings.

ECOC is one of the leading conferences on optical communication, and attracts scientists and researchers from across the world. When you attend, you can look forward to hearing about new innovations, initiatives and results from some of the world’s top researchers in both industry and academia.

ECOC is the key meeting place to share knowledge, exchange ideas, foster innovation and start collaborations on a global level.

Key Dates

Call for papers open – February 2023

Deadline for paper and demos submissions – 5 May 2023

Author notification – w/c July 2023

Author Registration deadline – End of August 2023

Conference Social Events

Welcome Drinks Reception – Monday 2 October – Glasgow Science Centre – £65 + vat

Our welcome drinks reception will take place in the unique setting of Glasgow Science Centre, surrounded by a £75m collection of attractions to illuminate, intrigue, inspire and fire your imagination.

The venue is located on the banks of the historic River Clyde, directly opposite the SEC. Glasgow Science Centre is within easy reach of the conference and city centre.

The welcome drinks reception is included for all conference delegates so if you have a conference ticket there is no need to purchase an additional ticket to the drinks reception.

Conference Dinner – Wednesday 4 October – Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum – £100 + vat

This venue is one of Glasgow’s most beautiful historic buildings, set against the greenery of Kelvingrove Park and with a world-renowned collection showcasing natural history, archaeology and stories from Glasgow.

The Conference Dinner will be held in The Centre Hall where you will be able to take the opportunity to browse the collections within the Art Gallery and Museum, before a seated dinner including the unique Scottish tradition of addressing the haggis.

Further information can be found on the ECOC Conference website

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