A bit of history and 2021 Nara

The International Conference on Organic Photonics and Electronics (ICOPE) and The International Conference on Organic Nonlinear Optics series (ICONO), organized together, have been powerhouse for the exchange of viable ideas related to this very active area of research since the foundation of the series in the 1990s by Mark Kuzyk (ICONO‘0’ in Pullman, Washington, USA) and Francois Kajzar (ICONO1 in Val Thorens, France). The informal nature of the conference provides an especially fertile milieu for new ideas and collaboration. The conference usually takes place every 18-24 months and moves around the globe from the Americas to Asia/Pacific to Europe. The three most recent meetings were held in Dublin (2011), Beijing (2009) and Santa Fe (2008). The 2021 Nara ICONO / ICOPE conference is the 13th of the series.

Nara is Japan's representative ancient city with a history of over 1300 years and has many world heritage sites such as Todai-ji Temple, famous for the Great Buddha, and Horyuji Temple, which is known as the one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world. In 2021, ICOPE13/ICONO2021 will be held in this ancient city of Nara on May 18-21. We look forward to seeing you all in Nara!

Nara City Tourism Association

Conference Scope

The conference will focus on the research and development of materials research and device applications in organic photonics, electronics, nonlinear optics and electro-optics, including fundamental theories, materials science and engineering, devices, and subsystem development. With the development and spread of information technology in recent years, Industry 4.0 (Germany) and Society 5.0 (Japan) that highly integrates cyber space and physical space have been proposed as science and technology policies, and efforts are being made worldwide to create the next-generation human-centric society using information and communications technology, sensor technology and IoT (Internet of Things) technology. For that purpose, it is essential to share global research results for the practical application of flexible electronics devices, sensor devices, energy conversion devices, photovoltaic devices, display devices, ultra-high speed and low-power-consumption information processing / optical communication devices, terahertz devices, etc. as well as those on fundamental understanding. At this conference, researchers and developers in academia, government laboratories, and industries who are active in various fields bring the latest research results from basics to applications and exchange information to achieve further growth of these fields and to foster the next-generation researchers through active discussions between leading researchers and young researchers.

The schedule of the Nara conference consisting of a single session, a poster session and elaborate social gatherings is designed to maximize interaction among world-renowned scientists and young researchers as well as to provide ample opportunity for wide-ranging discussions.


The following topics will be covered:

  • Fundamental studies
  • Micro- and nano photonics
  • Nonlinear optical phenomena and materials
  • Optical devices and waveguides
  • EO polymers and devices
  • Photochromic materials and applications
  • Two photon absorption
  • Light emitting materials and devices
  • Second-order NLO and EO chromophores
  • Organic NLO crystals
  • Photorefractive materials
  • Third-order NLO materials
  • Nanostructures and nanomaterials
  • Biophotonics and nanobiotechnology
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Organic photovoltaics and energy harvesting