The World of Photonics Congress is among the world’s top three photonics congresses and number one in Europe. It will take place from 25th to 29th June 2017 at the ICM – Internationales Congress Center München on the Messe München site concurrently with LASER World of PHOTONICS, from 26th to 29th June 2017 in the directly adjoining exhibition halls. The World of Photonics Congress 2015 recorded 5,500 participants attending more than 2,700 scientific and practically-oriented lectures.
2017 sees a continuation of this upward trend: approximately 3,000 lectures have been registered so far. A new conference named Digital Optical Technologies, keynote speeches and invited talks by famous scientists from all around the world, the presentation of innumerable awards, short courses and hands-on-sessions - the World of Photonics Congress is setting new records and offers a lot of new and exciting programme highlights.
Opening of World of Photonics Congress and LASER World of PHOTONICS and plenary talk
This year there is a particular focus on quantum technologies, which are currently enjoying considerable national and international support, with high expectations for their potential implementation in industrial applications. This is a common theme permeating the entire Congress programme and begins with the inauguration of LASER World of PHOTONICS and the World of Photonics Congress on 26th June at 09:40 in the ICM International Congress Center Munich. The welcoming addresses will acknowledge the political and economic importance of optical technologies. Dr. Peter Leibinger, Vice Chairman of the Managing Board of TRUMPF and Chairman BMBF Advisory Board 'Photonik Forschung Deutschland' (Photonics Research Germany) will present the current objectives of photonics research in Germany in his keynote address 'Drawing on Photonics strength - taking up the challenge of Quantum Technologies.”
At 10:00 the multiple award-winning Prof. Dr. Jörg Wrachtrup will deliver his opening lecture 'Putting a Spin on Photons'. Efficient matter photon interfaces are key ingredients of quantum technology. Quantum communication relies on photon storage and processing but spin photon interfaces can also increase the sensitivity of quantum sensors. Prof. Dr. Jörg Wrachtrup, who is the head of the 3rd Institute of Physics at the University of Stuttgart, received the first ever Zeiss Research Award this year. He has already won the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize and Max Planck Research Prize for his research.
There is a dedicated session on Monday afternoon given over to the importance and foreseeable industrial use of quantum technologies: Prof. Tommaso Calarco, Director of the Institute for Complex Quantum Systems at the University of Ulm will be talking about the 'The European Quantum Technologies Flagship Programme' and Dr. Wilhelm Kaenders, President, TOPTICA Photonics, will be asking in his lecture 'Time for Quantum Technologies?!', whether this highly topical research field has achieved industrial maturity.
The conference programme of the World of Photonics Congress
The World of Photonics Congress is among the foremost meeting places for the international photonics community and is an umbrella for six conferences as well as the practically-oriented Application Panels, held in the LASER World of PHOTONICS’ exhibition halls. The most important scientific companies from the photonics arena are behind the high-powered lecture programme:
The hands-on demos are free for Digital Optical Technologies registered attendees.
As the biggest meeting place for photonics research in Europe, the World of Photonics Congress is also a suitable forum for award ceremonies. The WLT Award, the Herbert Walther Award, the OSA Fellow Member Recognition and the prices of the EPS are among the accolades being bestowed on outstanding scientists and researchers in 2017 in recognition of their work.
For example the 2017 Herbert Walther Award will be awarded to experimental physicist Prof. Randall Hulet, Rice University, USA, for his groundbreaking research and discovery of the Bose-Einstein condensation in an atomic gas with attractive interactions. The Congress application programme at the photonics forums The World of Photonics Congress will be hosting daily practically-oriented events at the forums in exhibition halls A3, B2 and B3, which are open to every trade fair exhibitor, visitor and congress participant. The sixteen application panels are sub-divided into four fields: Biophotonics and Medical Applications, Optical Metrology and Imaging, Laser and Optics and Industrial Laser Applications.