Preview: Micro Photonics – International Congress Expo

micro photonics 2015: Networking at the market place (Source: V. Otto)

micro photonics 2015: Networking at the market place (Source: V. Otto)

On 11 October micro photonics will be opening its doors on the exhibition grounds in Berlin. The focus of the three-day trade fair and congress will be on integrated optical systems for a wide range of applications. Topics will include manufacturing using micro-lithography, processing, as well as applications for measurement systems, IT and health technology.

“Currently, around 80 per cent of floor space has been rented out“, said Kerstin Kube-Erkens, the project manager of Micro Photonics at Messe Berlin. “We are particularly pleased with the high level of international attendance. Thus, in addition to displays from Europe, Germany and local regions a Japanese hi-tech company from Hamamatsu will also be represented.“

Taking place parallel with the fair will be a congress featuring two tracks with high-profile speakers. As chair of the Biophotonics track, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) in Jena is organizing lectures on new applications in health technology. The session on ‘Unmet medical needs’, at which medical professionals will discuss unresolved issues regarding clinical diagnostics and treatment, promises to attract keen interest.

Dr. Henning Schröder of the Berlin Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM) is organizing the Microphotonics and Nanophotonics track, which will focus on micro-optical components such as fiber optics and wave guides, as well as on related production methods and measuring techniques.

Parallel with the science congress the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) is organizing a program of lectures and workshops at the exhibition. Under the heading of ‘Tech watch’ topics will include defense, the environment, life sciences and transport. On 12 October at 7.45 a.m. there will also be an executive breakfast, at which CTOs and CEOs will be able to meet. Stephen G. Anderson, industry and market strategist of the US industry organization SPIE, will hold the keynote speech.

The supporting program will also place an emphasis on attracting young professionals. National and regional employers will be represented in a specially organized Career Lounge where they can discuss opportunities with potential job candidates.

The HR Speed Dating event organized by Spectaris is for people keen on making quick decisions. This is where talented sales engineers and optical industry companies can meet and make the most of five-minute time slots.

At micro photonics, together with its partners, the Enterprise Europe Network Berlin-Brandenburg will be organizing the international B2B Photonics Joint Venture Exchange in Europe. The sponsors are Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH and ZukunftsAgentur Brandenburg (ZAB) GmbH. Visitors who register for the joint venture exchange will have an opportunity to present their new ideas, discuss joint projects and drive forward innovation with cross-border ventures.

Parallel with the trade fair the Berlin Photonics Network OpTecBB is organizing two conferences: ‘MOEMS system integration’ on 11 October and ‘Innovative fiber optics’ on 12 October. Experts from research and industry will be meeting here to hold papers and pitches. The topics will include everything from the latest developments to applications for Industry 4.0, driverless cars and smart cities.

Link: micro photonics International Congress Expo, Berlin, Germany

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