Laser technology research community in this country and in this region is concentrated mainly at universities. A
periodic symposium gathers this community and invited guests from this geographical region to summarize the current
achievements. The 2012 Symposium summarized research and technical achievements done during the period of 2010-
2012. The main developments are focused in such areas like: semiconductor lasers, optical fiber amplifiers and lasers,
and applications in optical fiber communications, optical fiber sensory networks, medicine, environment monitoring
and protection, as well as safety and security.