General Information

Thank you for joining Photonics North 2020, a virtual conference! We hope you enjoyed it!

Reminders: Individual videos as submitted by the presenters will be available for replay from Friday May 29th to December 10th 2020 in the Conference Agenda. The recording of the full sessions will be available for replay from June 8th to December 10th 2020


Scotiabank Convention Centre
6815 Stanley Avenue
Niagara Falls ON L2G 3Y9
Tel.: + 1-888-997-6222 Toll free (Canada and U.S.): 1-905-357-6222



French and English are Canada's two official languages. English is the predominant language in Niagara Falls. All abstract submissions and presentations must be in English. Simultaneous translation will be available for the plenary sessions.


Some participants may require a visa to enter Canada.  For more information click here.

Upon request, the secretariat of the Photonics North 2020 will send an invitation letter. This letter is meant only to verify the name, dates, location and purpose of the congress to obtain a visa or travel funds. This letter is in no way a commitment to the participant on the part of the organizing committee.


The Photonics North 2020 secretariat and organisers cannot be held liable for personal accidents, loss of or damage to private property of the conference participants and accompanying persons, either during , or directly arising  from the Photonics North 2020 Conference. Participants should make their own arrangements for health and travel insurance.


Visitors are not covered by Canadian health insurance plans. Check with your personal medical plan before leaving your home country to ensure you have adequate travel insurance.


Average temperatures in Niagara Falls during the month of May generally range from 6°C to 21°C (43 à 71 °F).


The dress code for the conference is informal for all occasions.


The currency used is the Canadian dollar.
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and at foreign currency exchange offices either at the airport or at locations throughout the city.
Bank debit or credit cards are the most convenient means of getting cash at the many automatic teller machines (ATMs). ATMs are found throughout the city and accept cards with the Interac, Plus and Cirrus networks. Most are in operation 24/7.
Most businesses accept U.S. currency and travelers cheques as well as major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express).


There is a 5% goods and services tax (GST) in effect in Canada and a 8% provincial sales tax (PST) in the province of Ontario, for a combined sales tax of 13%. These taxes apply to most items and are not refundable.  An additional TWO DOLLARS ($2.00) per night of occupancy is also applicable on hotel accommodation.


The electrical current is the same as in the United States: 110 volts AC at 60Hz. Adapters are required for electrical devices from other countries.


Niagara Falls is in the Eastern Standard Time Zone (-0500 GMT). Daylight Savings Time (DST) is in effect from March 8 until 2:00 a.m. on November 1.


Niagara Falls official Web site and the official tourist site of Ontario contain up-to-date tourist information, including information about public transportation and maps.


Strategic Location

Niagara Falls is easy to reach by plane, car or train. It is about an hour by plane from New York, Detroit. From Toronto, it is less than 2 hours by car.

By Plane

There are four major airports in surrounding areas that charter airlines from around the world. Once you land, rental cars, airport limousines, trains, buses, airport shuttles and taxis are available to transport you to Niagara Falls.



As Canada’s largest and busiest airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport sees nearly 50 million passengers annually. The airport is located 125 km (78 mi) from Niagara Falls, and is about an hour and half drive.



Located on Toronto Island, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport welcomes nearly 3 million passengers annually from Canada and the U.S. via two airlines: Porter and Air Canada. The airport is located 127 km (79 mi) from Niagara Falls, and is just over an hour and a half drive.



Seeing close to 350,000 passengers a year and serving several destinations across North America, Hamilton International Airport is less than a one hour drive to Niagara Falls.



Located approximately a 45 minute drive from Niagara Falls, Canada, the Buffalo Niagara International Airport hosts approximately 100 non-stop flights a day. A reminder that even if you flew to Buffalo from a city within the United States, you will need a passport to cross the border into Niagara Falls, Canada. You can find information on how to get from Buffalo to Niagara Falls here.

By Train

Via Rail Canada offers daily service between Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City. 


The GO Train is part of GO Transit, the regional transit provider for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas. The GO Train offers weekday commuter service from Niagara Falls to Toronto in the morning, with one return trip in the evening. Weekend only train service runs from Toronto to Niagara Falls during May long weekend, and then every weekend from July 1st through to Labour Day. WEGO is available at the train station to transport you to your destination, as are taxis and Ubers.

By Bus

The GO Bus is part of GO Transit, the regional transit provider for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas, the GO Bus works with the GO Train to transport passengers from across Ontario to Toronto and then directly to Niagara. With stops in St. Catharines, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls, passengers can easily and affordably travel into Niagara from across Ontario.


Greyhound and megabus charter buses direct from Toronto and Buffalo, NY to the Niagara Falls Bus Terminal (4555 Erie Avenue) in Canada, daily. With bus connections to Toronto from across Canada and Buffalo from across the United States, there are several origin locations to choose from.

By Car

For delegates from northeastern U.S., or eastern and central Canada, car travel is a viable option. 
















New York               






Washington D.C.   




Niagara Falls Taxi

Tel.: 1 905-357-4000

Toll-Free: 1 800-363-4900


Central Taxi

Tel.: 1 905-358-3232





On October 17, 2018, the Cannabis Act and a number of supporting regulations and ministerial orders came into force, legalizing and strictly regulating the sale, possession and production of cannabis in Canada.


Entering Canada

Cannabis is now legal in Canada. However, the legalization of cannabis in Canada does not change Canada’s border rules. Taking cannabis or any product containing cannabis into Canada is illegal and can result in serious criminal penalties both at home and abroad.


Leaving Canada

if you’re planning a visit south of the border, you should know that having cannabis in your possession is prohibited by law in the United States. And while several states have legalized cannabis, the product remains a controlled substance under federal law. So, be sure your bags and vehicle don’t contain cannabis in any form before heading off to explore Maine’s fine sand beaches or the beautiful views from Interstate 20, which you can travel all the way to California. The same applies if you take a plane. At Trudeau airport, you will find amnesty boxes for disposing any cannabis products you may have on you before going through U.S. customs.



Photonics North 2020 Secretariat

Conferium. Conferences. Events. Service
425 blvd. René-Lévesque Ouest
Québec QC  G1S 1S2 Canada

Phone: +1 418 522 8182
Toll free (Canada and U.S.): +1 800 618 8182
Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 16:00 U.S. / Canadian Eastern Time


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Important Dates

Abstract submission opening
November 4, 2019

Registration opening
November 4, 2019

Abstract submission deadline
March 18, 2020

Notice of acceptance
April 28, 2020

Date by which presenting authors must registered
May 7, 2020

May 26-28, 2020

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