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As the world’s leading conference in optics and photonics of liquid crystals, the 2013 Optics of Liquid Crystals (OLC 2013) in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA will provide a venue for intellectual and enlightening discussions of ideas at the emerging and frontier of liquid crystal science and technology in optics, photonics and displays. The conference program will be broad with topics including, but not limited to, liquid crystal metamaterials, blue phase materials, LC nanocomposites, polymer liquid crystals, elastomers, gels and composites, optics of lyotropic and bio-relevant LC complex systems, LC in high power lasing systems, LC sensing and metrology, LC in infrared optics and optical communications, LC lenses, holographic and stereoscopic systems, 3D and new display applications, electronic books, semiconductor/LC hybrid materials, photovoltaics and solitons in LC materials and devices.

The program will include short courses, and plenary and invited speakers representing both academia and industry with a wide range of expertise in the topic areas. The group of participants will include a good number of graduate students and junior scientists, who will be given the opportunity to present posters, give oral presentations in a mini symposium and joining in the enlightening discussions. Free time, poster, and evening sessions will provide the opportunity to foster networking amongst leading scientists, junior scientists, and graduate students from a wide variety of fields and to establish exciting collaborations.

OLC 2013 offers 20 Travel Awards to outstanding papers submitted by junior scientists and graduate students. The awardees will present their papers at a pre-conference symposium.

The History
1st OLC July 15-18, 1986, Napoli, Italy.
2nd OLC October 14-20, 1988, Torino, Italy.
3rd OLC October 1-5, 1990, Cetraro, Italy.
4th OLC October 7-11, 1991, Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA.
5th OLC October 4-8, 1993. Siofok, Hungary
6th OLC September 25-29, 1995. Venue. Le Touquet, France.
7th OLC September 8-12, 1997, Heppenheim, Germany.
8th OLC September 27 - October 1, 1999, Humacao, Puerto Rico.
9th OLC October 1-6, 2001, Sorrento (Naples), Italy.
10th OLC September 13-19, 2003, Aussois, France.
11th OLC October 2-7, 2005, Sand Key, Florida, USA.
12th OLC October 1-5, 2007, Puebla, Mexico.
13th OLC September 28 - October 2, 2009, Erice (TP), Italy.
14th OLC September 25 - October 1, 2011, Yerevan, Armenia.