World of Photonics Congress attracts Nobel Prize winner and other renowned scientists

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Nobel Prize winner Gérard Mourou. (Image: Messe München)

EOS organised the Optical Technologies conferences as part of the World of Photonics Congress in Munich, from 24 to 26 June. These conferences included the Manufacturing, Tolerancing, and Testing of Optical Systems (MOS), and Optofluidics (OF). The congress was once again a meeting place for the international science elite with lectures by Nobel Prize winner Gérard Mourou, gravitational physicist Carsten Danzmann, quantum physicist Anton Zeilinger and other renowned scientists. To bridge the gap between research and industry, attendees of the conferences had free access to Laser World of Photonics, the world’s leading trade fair for photonics, with 1,325 exhibiting companies. Around 34,000 visited the exhibition.

The industrial poster session was once again a success for the MOS conference, and attracted 13 posters from companies wanting to promote their know-how to the attendees. The posters were visible all throughout the conference in the conference room. This session will again be organised in the upcoming EOS Topical meeting on Integrated Optics, as well as the EOS Annual Meeting (EOSAM) in Porto, Portugal 2020.

The World of Photonics Congress provided an impressive 3,661 talks and poster presentations. The participants were able to obtain information and discuss all scientific trend topics of photonics at the seven conferences and at the application-oriented application panels, ranging from basic to applied research.

The best student papers were awarded for the EOS conferences, sponsored by Springer/JEOS:RP. The award included a diploma, free submission to JEOS:RP open access journal, as well as a book of the winner’s choosing. The best paper in the conference Manufacturing, Tolerancing, and Testing of Optical Systems (MOS) was presented by Melanie Ulitschka, Leibniz Institute of Surface Engineering (IOM, Germany) on Reactive ion beam etching-based finishing of optical aluminium surfaces. In the Optofluidics conference, the award went to Hadikhani, Pooria, EPFL (Switzerland), on Learning the fluid/flow properties using microfluidics. Congratulations to the winners!

Nobel Prize winner Gérard Mourou gave a plenary talk on his 'Passion for Extreme Light' at the Laser World of Photonics Congress in June. (Image: Messe München)

SAVE THE DATE: The next World of Photonics Congress will be held from 20 to 24 June, 2021


Upcoming EOS events

Diffractive Optics 

Jena, Germany 

16 – 19 September

The Topical meeting has been organised by EOS since 1995, launched by the present conference chairs, Jari Turunen and Frank Wyrowski.

In 2019, the topical meeting will be held in the City of Light, Jena, Germany. 

As a European centre of research in optics and photonics, the close integration of Jena’s two universities with research institutions and local industry, Jena is the cradle of the optical industry in Europe and stands for innovation and progress. As such, it serves as a perfect location for this topical meeting. The success story of Jena began with Carl Zeiss, Ernst Abbe and later Otto Schott. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Jena, the City of Light.

Integrated Optics (IntOp)

Joensuu, Finland

26 – 28 November

EOS is organising the first topical meeting on integrated optics and photonics in Joensuu, Finland, in November.

The annual growth rate generated by the photonics industry in Finland is one of the largest in Europe (more than 20 per cent). An even more dynamic photonics playground is expected in the very near future thanks to the PREIN Flagship on photonics, supported by the academy of Finland, which aims to support groundbreaking research and innovations, and transfer the techniques to industry. This topical meeting provides the perfect setting for companies to show to a panel of experts and customers their latest products and expertise.

The topical meeting builds a bridge between academy and industry. Submissions are welcomed for both oral and poster presentations. On top of the scientific and industrial programme, several social and networking events are included, among others are the welcome reception and conference dinner. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Joensuu, Finland.