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Photonics Society (PHOS) Chapter Introduction

The IEEE Photonics Italy Chapter was founded in 1997, with the name of LEOS Italian Chapter, by the first Chairman Silvano Donati. It started its activity on April 1st. The work of the Chapter was awarded several times.

In 2016 with the IEEE Photonics Society Largest Membership Increase Award.

In 2014 with the IEEE Photonics Society Chapter of the Year Award.

In 2013 with Photonics Society Most Improved Chapter Award and the Chapter of the Year Award of IEEE Region 8.

In 2010 with Photonics Society Most Improved Chapter Award.

In 2008 with LEOS Chapter of the Year Award.

In 2007 with the Chapter of the Year of IEEE Region 8.

In 2002 with the LEOS Most Innovative Chapter Award and the Chapter of the Year of IEEE Region 8.

In 2001 with the LEOS Chapter of the Year Award.

In 1998 and 1999 with the LEOS Most Improved Chapter Award.


Each year, the Chapter program is shaped by the Officers, approved by the Chapter Executive Committee. Presently, the CEC is formed by 17 members from universities, research centers and industries of North, Center and South of Italy. The updated list of Chapter Officers and CEC members is available on this web (Chapter Board).

The IEEE Photonics Italy Chapter activity includes: National and International Lecturers; Workshops and Conferences; awards and prizes. Past and future program of the Chapter is available on this web.

The Chapter best practice can be summarized as follows:

  • Organize International Workshops and Conferences;
  • Develop a Cultural and Professional Program;
  • Maintain good relationship with National industries (promote active CEC membership);
  • Keep a good relationship with the other National Societies (AEIT/AICT, SIOF);
  • Keep a good relationship with IEEE Italy Section (participating in the work of the Section Board as active member, reporting yearly and co-organizing technical meetings);
  • Maintain a good web and mail contact with members;
  • Promote student membership with prizes and awards and supporting the activity of Student Branches.

Chapter members

The IEEE Photonics Italy Chapter has currently 140 members (May. 2014) in the following categories:

Section Name IEEE Current
Grade Description
IEEE Membership
Status Description
Count of Members
Italy Section Affiliate Active 3
Associate Member Active 3
Fellow Active 2
Graduate Student Member Active 13
Life Fellow Active 2
Life Member Active 2
Life Senior Active 1
Member Active 87
Senior Member Active 24
Student Member Active 3

Chapter Awards
2016:PHOS Largest Membership Increase
2014:PHOS Chapter of the Year
2013:IEEE Region 8 Chapter of the Year
2013:PHOS Most Improved Chapter
2010:PHOS Most Improved Chapter
2008:LEOS Chapter of the Year
2007:IEEE Region 8 "Chapter of the Year 2007"
2002:IEEE Region 8 "Chapter of the Year 2002"
2002:LEOS Most Innovative Chapter
2001:LEOS Chapter of the year
1999:LEOS Most improved Chapter
1998:LEOS Most improved Chapter

IEEE Awards Winners
IEEE Fellows
PHOS Distinguished Lecturers
PHOS Engineering Awards


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