One of the focus areas for the Laser World of Photonics trade fair, due to take place in Munich, 22-25 June 2015, will be biophotonics and medical applications, the show organiser Messe München has announced.
The last Laser World of Photonics in 2013 saw more than 300 exhibitors and attracted 6,000 visitors from the biophotonics and medical engineering sector. According to the organisers, biophotonics has been a driving force behind innovations and ongoing future development, contributing to companies’ ability to tap into new markets.
This year's event has expanded to five halls at Messe München, with 1,150 exhibitors and 27,000 visitors expected to attend. The show will also have focus areas on imaging and lasers and laser systems for production engineering.
The biophotonics and medical engineering pavilion will be in Hall B3, the first time this has been organised. In this area, there will be forums focussing on ‘biophotonics and medical applications’, where industry experts will present the latest innovations, trends and techniques in laser diagnostics. There will also be panels on ‘lasers and optics’.
Other highlights at the show include an automotive exhibition illustrating the important of photonics in the automotive sector.
A special startup area for companies with innovative technology that are less than five years’ old will also be part of the event for the first time. The startup exhibition will be accompanied by a Photonics Masters award presented to young companies with new technology in the photonics sector.
The show will support the International Year of Light initiative, and Flavia Schlegel, assistant director general for natural sciences at UNESCO, will speak at the welcoming address on 22 June. Four Nobel laureates will give keynote addresses during the congress, including two of the winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Professors Stefan Hell and Eric Betzig. According to Messe München, the fact that photonics innovations won Nobel prizes in Chemistry and Physics this year will help draw people to the show, particularly students.
The format of the show is proving successful in China and India, with the 10th Laser World of Photonics China due to take place next week in Shanghai from 17-19 March, and the Indian equivalent organised for 9-11 September in New Delhi. The China event has 16 per cent more exhibitors than last year and expects 37,000 visitors.