International conference on quantum electronic (IQEC) and Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/Europe (CLEO Europe). These two conferences are being held in Europe in the year 2000 as part of an internationally co-ordinated effort. In addition to similar conferences held in US and Japan with a steadily increasing growth, it is essential to bring these events to Europe at regular intervals to foster European collaboration and improve the international visibility of European research in the fields of laser technology, non linear optics, optical materials and sensors, devices for optical switching, the biomedical applications of optics, cold atoms, quantum optics, ultrafast phenomena. While in general European research is at the forefront on all these topics, until the present series was started, communication used to be organized around events in United States.
At present, in addition to an US version of CLEO which is held annually, CLEO is organized in Europe every two years. The International Quantum Electronics Conference IQEC comes to Europe every six years in a cycle involving the US, Japan, and Europe. IQEC 2000 and CLEO Europe 2000 will be held jointly in Nice in September 2000. In additional to over 1000 communication devoted to new research and selected by a programme committee using strict guidelines of originality, clarity and relevance, the two conferences include invited papers, plenary lectures, a tutorial programme and so-called "tech focus" sessions, that all contribute to the training aspects of the event. Although they are part of co-ordinated series, the present proposal refers specifically to the CLEO/Europe and IQEC conferences to be held in Nice in the year 2000.