This web page describes the history and policies of the ongoing series of conferences called the International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics (MWP).  The page is organized as follows:

Conference Description

MWP Rotation and Past Locations

Locations of Future MWP Conferences

Site Selection Process

Instructions for Proposal Preparation

Conference Description

The International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics is the premier international meeting on microwave photonic devices, systems, and applications.

The broadband, low-loss transmission capability of optical fiber links has led to much interest in their use in the distribution and control of microwave and millimeter-wave signals.  Application areas include antenna remoting for wireless data and cellular radio systems, optically controlled phased array antennas, optical processing of microwave signals and broadband cable television distribution.  Photonics enables new microwave system functions such as long delays lines, fast spectrum analysis, frequency conversion, probing and control of microwave devices, low phase-noise oscillators, and ultra-fast analog-to-digital converters. Conversely, microwave techniques are enabling new generations of optical communication systems with capabilities exceeding 1 Tb/s/fiber.

Associated with the evolution of these systems is the development of high-speed optical sources, modulators and detectors with bandwidths extending into the millimeter-wave region.

The International Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics provides a forum for the presentation of new advances in this multi-disciplinary research area, ranging from novel devices to systems field trials.  It is held annually and rotates between the Americas, the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.



MWP Rotation and Past Locations:

MWP rotates on a triennial basis among locations in Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions. Since 1996, the conference has been held in the locations listed below.

MWP2017 Beijing, China
MWP2016 Long Beach, California, U.S.
MWP2015 Paphos, Cyprus
MWP2014 Sapporo, Japan
MWP2013 Alexandria, Virginia
MWP2012 Noordwijk, The Netherlands
MWP2011 Singapore
MWP2010 Montreal, Canada
MWP2009 Valencia, Spain
MWP2008 Gold Coast, Australia
MWP2007 Victoria, Canada
MWP2006 Grenoble, France
MWP2005 Seoul, Korea
MWP2004 Ogunquit, Maine, U.S.
MWP2003 Budapest, Hungary
MWP2002 Awaji-Yumebutai, Japan
MWP2001 Long Beach, California
MWP2000 Oxford, UK
MWP1999 Melbourne, Australia
MWP1998 Princeton, New Jersey
MWP1997 Duisburg, Germany
MWP1996 Kyoto, Japan


Locations of Future MWP Conferences

China National Convention Center

MWP2018 will be held during the week of October 22 – 25 in Toulouse, France.  The conference website is  A report of the status of MWP2018 planning was presented at the November 2017 meeting of the International Steering Committee for the MWP conference in Beijing, China.

MWP2019 will be held in the Fall of 2019 in Ottawa, Canada.  Further details are forthcoming.

Site Selection Process

The site selection process for the MWP series of meetings is conducted annually. At present, sites are selected two years in advance of the meeting year.   The International Steering Committee has decided, however, that selecting sites three years in advance would be preferable.  Hence the International Steering Committee is now accepting proposals for both MWP2020 and MWP2021.  MWP2020 must take place in the Asia/Pacific region, and MWP2021 must take place in Europe.

Instructions for Proposal Preparation

Proposals should be e-mailed to the current Chair of the International Steering Committee, Dr. Shizhong Xie (, who will also respond to questions relating to the proposal submission process.

The proposal solicitation period for MWP2020 will be open until October 22, 2018.  Proposals received by that date will be distributed to and reviewed by the MWP International Steering Committee prior to its meeting at MWP2018, which will be in Toulouse, France during the week of October 22 – 25, 2018.  Proposers are strongly advised to make a presentation in person to the MWP International Steering Committee in Toulouse.  Following any proposal presentations, the MWP International Steering Committee will discuss the proposals and vote to select the location for MWP2020.  Proposers will be advised of the International Steering Committee’s decision following its meeting in Toulouse.

To assist the evaluation process, the MWP International Steering Committee requests that proposers submit a written proposal (this is often in the form of a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, which the proposer then presents in person to the Committee) that includes at a minimum the following information:

  1. The conference location.
  2. Proposed dates for the meeting.
  3. The names of the General Chair and Technical Program Committee Chair; information on their background, and their qualifications to organize a conference in general and the MWP conference in particular.
  4. A preliminary budget, including registration fees that will be charged, and the break-even registration number.
  5. Hotel locations and typical prices.
  6. Microwave Photonics activities/companies in the local area.

Proposers may also wish to include the following additional information:


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