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Pascale Nouchi, Thales Research and Technology, France
Sébastien Bigo, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, France
ECOC 2014 Technical Programme Committee Chairs

05 May 2015

When we accepted to join the adventure of the ECOC 2014 conference as Technical Program co-Chairs, we anticipated that some of our nights and week-ends would be affected, but we clearly underestimated the personal investment that it would take from us. ECOC (European Conference on Optical Communications) was held in Cannes in 2014. It is the second largest scientific conference in the field by its attendance and probably the first by its technical quality. In contrast to many other events of the same kind, it moves from one European city to the next every year and is always organized by a different team. The credibility of the conference is closely bound with the abidance to a strict process, for submitting papers, having them reviewed fairly by peers and giving to the authors the best experience when presenting their work. We were glad to hear that all these steps were reported as very successful by the attendees.

It was a real pleasure working with Caroline and Beatrice. They were extremely professional, always supportive, dependable, committed, never hesitated to spend nights solving organization issues. They were involved at every step of the review process (and they are many of them, as we discovered!), in strict respect of all the deadlines. The feedback from the technical committee (110 experts from around the world) was overwhelmingly positive, in particular during the Technical Program Review meeting, where reviews were synchronized and papers selected, which was perfectly organized. The conference itself went smoothly and received outstanding feedback from the attendees. All in all, C2b was truly instrumental in making ECOC 2014 the success that it turned out to be. The "best ECOC ever", according to some attendees.


Jean-Luc Beylat,
Président Alcatel - Lucent Labs France
Jean-Claude Simon, Professeur émérite,
Laboratoire Foton, CNRS UMR 6082

13 May 2015

As members during the period 2003-2014 of the European Management Committee (EMC) of the international conférence ECOC*, we had the responsibility to organize in 2006 and 2014 the French venue of this worldwide recognized congress in the famous Palais des Festivals de Cannes. For the 2006 edition, we had for the first time the opportunity to work with Béatrice Valdayron and Caroline Zago who were in charge of all logistical aspects of the congress organization (planning and meetings, relations with service providers, delegate registration, Website, paper submission and conference proceedings edition, etc…). The congress was quite successful, with excellent feedback from delegates.


In 2010, it was decided by the ECOC EMC that the congress would be back again in France in 2014. At the early stage of the organization, it did not take us a long while before thinking of our two ladies of C2B Congress for helping us organize this new venue in the Palais des Festivals, in Cannes, under the administration of the System@tic Paris-Région competitive cluster. Once again ECOC 2014 was quite successful, owing to the great professional work of C2B, that we warmly recommend for the organization of such events.