General Chair Welcome

Welcome to ILSC® 2021!  We are excited to be in Portland, Oregon for the world’s most important conference on laser safety.  Even if this is your first time or you are a long-time attendee, you will find something of interest.  The Opening Plenary Sessions kick off with two engaging speakers. Dr. Ramona Gaza from NASA Johnson Space Center will speak on the challenges of laser safety for space exploration in low-Earth orbit and beyond and Dr. Tammy Ma from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will discuss creating a star on earth, the quest for fusion, and where lasers are taking us in high energy density physics research.

With their ever expanding use in all areas; from medicine and healthcare, industry and autonomous vehicles or the quest for higher intensity/power output lasers, there is something for everyone at ILSC® 2021.  Whether it be the Laser Safety Scientific Sessions where experts present the latest research on biological effects or the everyday challenges of practicing laser safety, the Medical Practical Applications and Technical Practical Application Sessions will serve your needs.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet up with other professionals from around the world to learn, share, and to make new friends.  See you in Portland!

The International Laser Safety Conference (ILSC® is a comprehensive four-day conference covering all aspects of laser safety practice and hazard control. Scientific sessions will address developments in regulatory, mandatory and voluntary safety standards for laser products and for laser use. The Practical Applications Seminars (PAS) complement the Scientific Sessions by exploring everyday scenarios that the LSO and MLSO may encounter. Professionals in all fields and applications will find ILSC a tremendous source for information and networking opportunities.

Conference Tracks

Medical Practical Applications Seminar

Richard Gama
Agiliti Health
Veronica Villalon
University of CA San Francisco Medical

The Medical Practical Applications Seminar (MPAS) is an essential two-day conference for all professionals working with medical laser devices. This program is designed to meet the various educational needs of the Medical Laser Safety Officer along with that personnel working in operating rooms, surgical centers, aesthetic clinics, veterinary clinics, medical research labs, mobile laser companies, and medi-spas. Cognitive gaps do exist related to national governmental regulations, state statutes, and evidence-based practices regarding what is essential for a facility-based laser safety program. This conference is constructed to bring all attendees the most current safety regulations and practice standards.

Laser Safety Scientific Sessions

Dr. Annette Frederiksen
Robert Bosch GmbH
Dr. David Sliney
Consulting Medical Physicist

The Laser Safety Scientific Sessions provide the platform for a truly outstanding assortment of presentations from all fields of laser safety— from bioeffects research to probabilistic risk assessment, from safety management programs to regulations. LSSS are particularly strong on product safety standards and the design of safe consumer products, reflecting that laser technology permeates into various types of consumer products, where safety by design is imperative.

Technical Practical Applications Seminar

Jamie Santucci
Fermi Natl Accelerator Laboratory
R . DeWayne Holcomb
University of Texas Austin

Laser Safety Officers (LSOs) dealing with lasers from milliwatts to petawatts will benefit from this unique event. Whether you are working with a budget to make it happen or just to do the best you can, find out how to others are making it work. This is the largest gathering of laser safety experts from academia, industry and government research labs that you will find anywhere in the world.