Dear Colleagues, dear ICSO participants,

In view of the uncertainties due to COVID-19, notably for travel and health restrictions, we are sorry to announce that the ICSO 2020 conference in Antibes, is postponed to spring 2021: March 29-April 2.

We are closely monitoring the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the spread of COVID-19.

Please know that your health is our top priority and that we will thus act in accordance with guidelines provided by the public health agencies.

We wish you to stay safe and healthy.

On behalf of CNES and ESA ICSO chairs

ICSO 2020  |  19-23 October 2020  29 March-2 April 2021 |  Antibes Juan-les-Pins, France

ICSO 2020 is the 13th edition of the largest meeting worldwide of experts working in all disciplines of Optical, Optoelectronic and Photonic Technologies for Space Applications.

New !

Now, the ICSO Proceedings in the SPIE Digital Library! 
In order to enhance the dissemination of the papers published in ICSO the conference organisers decided to collaborate with the SPIE and publish all the ICSO papers in the SPIE Digital Library. A dedicated webpage files all the ICSO proceedings. Now, all ICSO papers acquire a « Digital Object Identifier » and will be scanned by all the big academic search engines in a far more elaborated way. Furthermore, the papers will be published in « open access » which means that the visibility will be increased markedly. This will maintain the basic value of our conference in providing easy and free access to its contents to the Space Optics Community.  
CEAS Space Journal
The CEAS Space Journal includes a distinct field on “Optical, Optoelectronics and Photonics” and welcomes papers of ICSO in an extended version of the conference paper including theoretical analysis. Consider an electronic submission through the Journal website.
The International School on Space Optics-ISSO is the sister event of ICSO targeting to offer a comprehensive overview of the Science and Engineering of Space Optics to young scientists and engineers interested in the field. It is held biannually alternating with ICSO. For more information, see the ISSO-2019 website.


ICSO is a collaborating event with the International Conference on Space Optics Systems and Applications – ICSOS, a conference that focuses exclusively on Free Space Optical Communications.  ICSOS takes place on the odd-numbered years and alternates between Japan and the USA. The last ICSOS meeting took place 14-16 October 2019 in Portland, Oregon, US.

Calendar of Events

Abstract submission deadline

31 October 2020
Notification to authors 30 November 2020
Final papers due31 January 2021
ICSO 202029 March-2 April 2021


The purpose of ICSO is to bring together the Space Optics Community and exchange information and ideas on the Research, Development, Qualification and Flight Experience of using optical technologies
for space missions. Technology experts meet Mission experts to address the lessons learnt from past developments and identify the next significant developments in employing lightwave technologies and techniques used in all types of Space Missions.
ICSO 2020 will be held in Antibes Juan-les-Pins, France and is the 13th conference of the series co-organised by ESA and CNES and follows the ones held in:
  • Crete, Greece  in 2018
  • Biarritz, France in 2016
  • Tenerife, Spain in 2014
  • Ajaccio, France in 2012
  • Rhodes, Greece in 2010
  • Toulouse, France  in 2008
  • Noordwijk, The Netherlands  in 2006
  • Toulouse, France in 2004
  • Toulouse, France in 2000
  • Toulouse, France in 1997
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany in 1994
  • Toulouse, France in 1991