• Technical Conference:  5 – 10 May 2019
  • Exhibition: 7 – 9 May 2019

Assistance and Recognition

Supporting Your Participation

The CLEO committee believes strongly that all individuals with accepted papers should have the ability to attend and present at CLEO, regardless of financial concerns or family obligations. To support your participation, CLEO offers several options.

CLEOkids: On-site Childcare

For moms and dads with childcare responsibilities and busy careers, CLEO offers assistance to parents with young children who want to attend the full conference.  CLEO has partnered with KiddieCorp, a company that's been offering on-site child care at conventions for over 30 years, to offer complimenary child care services during the full Technical conference.

Attendees have the option of free child care services for children aged 6 months to 12 years from Monday through Friday. Advance Registration is required.  Registration will open in February 2019. [more]


Monday, 6 May 08:00 – 20:30
Tuesday, 7 May 08:00 – 19:30
Wednesday, 8 May 08:00 – 19:30
Thursday, 9 May 08:00 – 19:00
Friday, 10 May 08:00 – 16:30

Grants and Prizes for Students and Early-career Professionals

APS - Division of Laser Science 

DLS Student Travel Grants 
APS/DLS provides a limited number of student grants to assist with conference travel expenses. Applications will be accepted after author notifications are sent in March.

DLS Child Care Assistance Grants
Grants of up to US$ 500 are available to assist APS/DLS members who are bringing children to CLEO or who incur extra expenses at home due to conference travel (e.g., extra daycare or babysitting services). In the event that the number of requests for grants exceeds the funding available, preference will be given to applicants in the early stages of their careers. Applications are now being accepted.

IEEE Photonics Society

The IEEE Photonics Society has a number of grants and awards to which its members can apply. Please visit Awards Information to see if you qualify.

OSA Foundation

Maiman Student Paper Competition

The competition honors Theodore Maiman for his amazing invention, the first working laser, and his other outstanding contributions to optics and photonics; it recognizes the innovation, research excellence and presentation skills in the areas of laser technology and electro-optics of a student.

The award is endowed by a grant from HRL Laboratories, LLC, IEEE Photonics Society (formerly LEOS) and APS Division of Laser Science and is administered by the OSA Foundation. Papers submitted to CLEO during the regular "call for papers" are eligible for entry. Students must opt-in to the competition during the submissions process. 


The finalists present their papers to a panel of judges in a private session during CLEO. The top prize winner receives US$ 3,000 USD; two honorable mention recipients each receive a certificate. The results are announced on-site during the Plenary Session. 

The Tingye Li Innovation Prize

The prize, established in 2013, honors the global impact Dr. Li made to the field of Optics and Photonics. This prize is presented to a young professional who has demonstrated innovative research via a paper and reference documents submitted for consideration during the CLEO Conference.


The grand prize recipient receives a US$ 3,000 prize, a special invitation to the CLEO Chairs' Reception, special recognition during the conference and a certificate. 


The prize is endowed by Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc., AT&T, The Optical Society, IEEE Photonics Society, IEEE Communications Society, Thorlabs, Inc, The Li Family and supporters of the Tingye Li Memorial Fund, and is administered by the OSA Foundation. 

Incubic/Milton Chang Travel Grant 

Funded by an endowment from Milton and Rosalind Chang and managed by the OSA Foundation, this program provides 10 travel grants of US$ 500 each to students presenting papers at CLEO. Travel grants are awarded to the presenter and usually the first author of the paper.

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