The program structure for SubOptic 2019 will be slightly amended from the last few conferences. The Program Committee has listened to comments and feedback from SubOptic 2016 and have restructured the Oral Papers sessions to a slightly shorter session length – each Oral Paper session will last 75 minutes. Oral Paper presenters will have the same time allocated to their presentation (15 minutes with 3 minutes for questions), but only four speakers will present in each session.
The Poster Session will also be modified so that there is more time available to review the poster presentations. There will be the traditional Poster Session on Tuesday afternoon but the posters will be available starting Monday through the Tuesday Poster Reception so that there is additional time to read and discuss the posters with the paper authors.
Monday will include Master Class sessions, where we expect to educate on topics that are new to the industry, update on new technologies and legal and regulatory issues, and revisit older topics of special interest. As usual the Welcome Reception will be held on Monday evening at which time the Exhibition Hall will be opened, which is always an enjoyable networking occasion.
The Opening ceremony on Tuesday morning will launch the formal proceedings of the conference, followed by a keynote speaker and the first session of oral paper presentations. The Poster Session will be held on Tuesday afternoon and will incorporate drinks and light refreshments to encourage further networking.
Wednesday will start with our second keynote speaker, followed by a workshop session before moving to further oral paper presentations. New for SubOptic 2019, the Mardi Gras Gala Dinner will be held on Wednesday evening.
Thursday will include further oral paper presentations, several special workshop sessions, a final Keynote speaker and the Closing Ceremony.
Monday and Tuesday evenings will be free for functions organized by conference participants or for personal free time.