About the IOA

The International Optoelectronics Association traces its history back to 1994.

Our guidelines and operating procedures can be found here (pdf).

Membership meetings occur once a year in connection with a major international meeting, symposium, or exhibit. The location of the meeting alternates among member locations and among participating continents. The local association hosts the meeting; the official language is English.


The meeting agenda usually follows the following format:

  1. Production trends in optoelectronics (domestic and global, if available).
  2. Activity report of each organization, including areas of emphasis, new national initiatives, promotion of optoelectronics, etc.
  3. Future growth areas in optoelectronics and most promising areas for R&D.
  4. Technology roadmaps, including a summary and major conclusions of each roadmap.

Meeting History – Country (Year):

  1. Japan (1996)
  2. Japan (1997)
  3. USA (1998)
  4. Scotland (1999)
  5. Taiwan (2000)
  6. Japan (2001)
  7. Korea (2002)
  8. Singapore (2003)
  9. USA (2004)
  10. Scotland (2005)
  11. Hong Kong (2006)
  12. Germany (2007)
  13. Australia (2008)
  14. Korea (2009)
  15. Taiwan (2010)
  16. Switzerland (2011)
  17. Japan (2012)
  18. Belgium (2013)
  19. USA (2014)
  20. Taiwan (2015)
  21. Switzerland (2016)