World of Photonics Congress 2017 in retrospect: New record-breaking attendance and several program highlights.
The World of Photonics Congress set a new record with approximately 5,600 participants: All in all, 4,079 participants attended the World of Photonics Congress' six scientific conferences, and 1,515 visitors gathered information at practice-oriented application panels about the latest applications for photonics and lasers in industry and medicine.
Six conferences were held under the umbrella of the World of Photonics Congress in 2017:
- CLEO®/Europe-EQEC 2017 – Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/Europe and the European Quantum Electronics Conference
- Digital Optical Technologies
- ECBO – European Conferences on Biomedical Optics
- EOS Conferences on Optical Technologies
- LiM – Lasers in Manufacturing
- Optical Metrology
This summit meeting for photonics research focused on the transfer of knowledge at the highest level and featured a number of highlights including eight plenary talks, 13 keynotes and seven tutorials in which scientists from around the world presented their latest research projects. There were joint sessions to held to deal with interdisciplinary topics such as polymer optics and photonics, photonic applications in biology and medicine, computational photonics for metrology applications and high-precision measurement of optical components and systems.
The Digital Optical Technologies conference, which was held for the first time, gave participants insights into mixed, augmented and virtual reality applications. Hands-on sessions allowed them to combine theory and practice and test corresponding devices. A lecture series titled "Industrial Perspective on Quantum Technologies" featured presentations from companies such as Robert Bosch GmbH and Toptica Photonics AG and bridged the gap with actual practice. The tenor: Europe is a pioneer for quantum technologies—with leading international experts, companies and research organizations.
The LiM – Laser in Manufacturing conference took the growing significance of additive manufacturing into account with a separate portion of the conference dedicated to this topic. For the first time ever, the Laser Institute of America (LIA) also held a session.
Once again, the presentation of the Herbert Walther Award at the World of Photonics Congress was another program highlight. The award has been conferred for more than ten years, and this year's award was presented to American experimental physicist Prof. Randall Hulet from Rice University in Houston, Texas.