The biennial event has been hosted in Paris since 2006. This year it was decided to move to the Granite City – the centre of Europe’s energy industry – where sophisticated optical systems are being exploited in oil and gas as well as renewables.
General Chair of EOSAM Hervé Lefèvre said: "Our board unanimously decided to move the event to Aberdeen to reflect our desire to reach out into the wider European optical community and broaden our appeal to those not directly connected with us.
"The AECC is a world-standard venue and offers many attractive meeting facilities and is renowned for the quality of its service and its cuisine."
Professor John Watson from the University of Aberdeen has been selected as the local chair of the event. He said: "I am honoured to be part of EOSAM 2012 and am delighted that its first venture out of mainland Europe is to Aberdeen, the heart of Europe’s oil and gas industry and a centre for applied optical research.
"Optics and photonics play a crucial role in the energy industry both in its traditional oil and gas activities, and the blossoming renewable energy sector. The innovations that are being made in optics instrumentation both for subsea and surface applications are crucial to the future of these industries and represent a unique opportunity for businesses, engineers and academics of Aberdeen City and Shire."