Dear Colleagues, dear ICSO participants,

The pandemic Covid-19 remains a major concern at least until the beginning of 2021 and to guarantee security, continuity and quality of ICSO2020 conference, the choice was made to move to 100% virtual event (using Whova® application and Zoom® meetings functions).

We are aware of all the social aspects that will be lost with this virtual format (no memorable gala dinner this time)  but the priority  was also not to delay the presentation and publication of your work.

The formula that has been selected should nevertheless guarantee an excellent quality of interaction between participants even behind your screens (see the 100% virtual specific page for a description of the practical aspects) …

Furthermore, the Proceedings will become available as usually to all participants during the conference and within some months they will be available in the SPIE DIgital Library in Open Access that ensures maximum exposure.

We wish you to stay safe and healthy.

On behalf of CNES and ESA ICSO chairs

Info to all ICSO participants:
All your ICSO 2020 contributions have been published on SPIE digital library (open access) since mid-June as well as your video presentations and posters when provided and accepted.
You can have an overview of the content here: Volume Table of Contents ICSO 2020 ( or you can search by keyword / authors including ICSO 2020.

ICSO 2020 | 30 March-2 April 2021 | VIRTUAL

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-2021 website.

Calendar of Events

Abstract submission deadline

31 October 2020
Notification to authors 1st December 2020​
Final papers due28 February 2021
ICSO 202030 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 Virtual 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

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.