Review: Successful Debut for Micro Photonics

Career Lounge in Hall 7.2 of Micro Photonics (Source: Messe Berlin)

Career Lounge in Hall 7.2 of Micro Photonics (Source: Messe Berlin)

More than one thousand participants from fifteen countries from all parts of the world attended the first edition of the new trade fair and congress Micro Photonics in Berlin. From 11 to 13 October, a high-level congress took place alongside the displays of some eighty national and international exhibitors representing micro-optics, microsystem technology and optoelectronics, who showcased their innovative products and services.

“The concept of this new trade fair and congress was well received by exhibitors and congress delegates alike“, is how Gérald Lamusse, director of Products & New Business at Messe Berlin, summarised the event. “The focus of the first edition was on biophotonics, microphotonics and nanophotonics. We are now in talks with the relative industry representatives about which areas offer the best medium-term prospects. The results of these talks will be taken into account to develop the concept of the event.”

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, IPHT, chairing the biophotonics track at Micro Photonics (Source: Messe Berlin)

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, IPHT, chairing the biophotonics track at Micro Photonics (Source: Messe Berlin)

In a survey, more than eight out of ten exhibitors were satisfied with their participation in the first Micro Photonics event. Around 78 percent expected good follow-up business and more than three quarters of those polled said they would be back for the next event.

The international congress was divided into two tracks: Biophotonics and Microphotonics & Nanophotonics. Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, IPHT, who chaired the biophotonics track, said: “The technological solutions provided by biophotonics, as well as the topics of the biophotonics track at Micro Photonics, are of huge importance for society and the industry. In order to successfully carry out research, exchange knowledge and create products close cooperation among the various disciplines is required. Scientists and technology developers must take the needs of users into account, medical professionals fore example, and keep in close touch with the providers of end products in the industry. Micro Photonics can make an important contribution towards strengthening this cooperation.”

The national and international exhibitors represented the entire value chain. They included manufacturers of special materials, laser technology and components as well as system providers. The joint displays of startups and institutes from Hamamatsu, Japan, and the participation of the CERTI Technology and Research Group from Brazil reflected the international dimension of this event. There was also a wide-ranging programme of events which included an executive breakfast, joint venture exchanges, conferences and excursions to Potsdam and Berlin-Adlershof.

Closing session with Nikolay Ledentsov, CEO of VI Systems, Viacheslav Artyushenko, CEO of Art Photonics and Martin Schell, Director of Fraunhofer HHI, moderated by Hennig Schröder of Fraunhofer IZM and José Pozo, EPIC, at the speaker’s desk (Source: Messe Berlin)

Closing session with Nikolay Ledentsov, CEO of VI Systems, Viacheslav Artyushenko, CEO of Art Photonics and Martin Schell, Director of Fraunhofer HHI, moderated by Hennig Schröder of Fraunhofer IZM and José Pozo, EPIC, at the speaker’s desk (Source: Messe Berlin)

At the exhibition, under the heading of “Tech Watch“, the European Photonics Industry Consortium EPIC had organised a program featuring around fifty lectures. Carlos Lee, the director general of EPIC: “Micro Photonics is a great platform to meet with the industry in one of the cities in the world that is most committed to photonics. Berlin is very rich with young and innovative photonics companies, which attracts stakeholders along the entire value chain: from component manufacturers to application developers and integrators. The technology presentations from key integrators such as Airbus, Thales, Diehl Defence, Philips Innovation Services were clearly very attractive.“

The next edition of this business and networking event is scheduled for autumn 2017. (Source: Messe Berlin)

Link: micro photonics – Internationale Kongressmesse, Messe Berlin, Germany

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