Laser Optics Berlin – trade fair with higher international attendance, convention with even more leading speakers
• Exhibitor numbers from abroad have increased by one- third
• Leading speakers at science convention and anniversary conference celebrate 50 years of the laser
• International Trade Fair and Convention from 22 to 24 March 2010
Berlin, 15 March 2010 – At Laser Optics Berlin, which takes place from 22 to 24 March, there will be a rise in both international attendance and the number of leading researchers from around the world. Approximately one-third of the exhibitors (134) are from abroad, representing a 20 per cent increase over 2008. The list of speakers taking part in the science convention and the anniversary conference celebrating 50 years of the laser reads like a Who’s Who of the international laser research community. In addition, despite the difficult economic situation, both the size of the display area and the number of exhibitors attending have remained stable.
Dr. Christian Göke, Chief Operating Officer of Messe Berlin GmbH: “Following a substantial decline as a result of the recession we are pleased to say that lately the signs are that the mood in the industry is changing for the better. Laser Optics Berlin 2010 is a reflection of the industry’s confidence that the tide is now turning. We believe that the international trade fair and science convention will provide a strong momentum that will continue to boost this trend.”
Laser Optics Berlin is increasingly positioning itself as the meeting place for the optical technology industry in northern Europe. In particular there has been a significant rise in interest in the trade fair and convention from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden as well as from the Baltic states Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. Consequently, around 30 exhibitors from this region will be represented at a combined stand of the Baltic Sea Innovation Network Centre (BaSIC), a project sponsored by the EU.
The presence of companies from France, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland and Switzerland is a reflection of the increasingly international dimension of Laser Optics Berlin. Russia will be represented with 14 exhibitors. A number of leading companies and research facilities from Germany have registered their participation, including Jenoptik, Polymer Systems, Newport Spectra-Physics, Berliner Glas, AMS Technologies, Greateyes, HoloEye Photonics, Physik Instrumente, as well as the Max Born Institute, the Heinrich Hertz Institute and the Ferdinand Braun Institute.
Leading experts at the convention and anniversary conference
Companies from Germany and abroad will be exhibiting their innovations in Hall 18 while the Laser Optics science convention will be taking place in the Palais am Funkturm next door. The focus this year is on “optical technology for measurement systems and production”. Leading experts from Germany and abroad will be speaking about the latest trends in laser research, optical measurement systems and the use of light in production methods. On the first day of the convention the key topics will be lasers and non-linear optics as well as biomedical optics and spectroscopy. There will also be a workshop on generating terahertz rays and related applications, as well as several poster sessions.
On the second day of the convention the dominant theme will be the 50h anniversary of the invention of the laser, accompanied by a veritable summit of international laser researchers. Among the acclaimed speakers taking part will be pioneers of laser technology, including Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kaiser, formerly of the Technical University of Munich, who was involved in developing the first laser at AT&T Bell Laboratories, and Prof. Dr. Jérôme Faist, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, who was also involved in developing the semiconductor quantum cascade laser at Bell Labs. Other leading figures taking part in the anniversary conference are Prof. Immanuel Bloch, University of Mainz and Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Munich, Prof. Chris Dainty, incoming 2010 President of the Optical Society of America, Prof. Dr. Dieter Röß, Heraeus Foundation in Hanau, and Franz Xaver Kaertner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA).
On 23 March there will also be sessions on the topics of semiconductor lasers and materials processing. On 24 March the main topic will be “ultrashort pulse propagation”. In addition to the main convention programme there will be numerous international workshops on basic research and applications.
Along with the trade fair and convention, specialist forums represent one of the three main elements of the event concept. This year a total of ten specialist events are taking place during Laser Optics Berlin. These include a workshop on microsystems technology, several technology forums, international industry meetings and advanced training events.
Key topics – education and careers
Education and careers are traditionally key topics at Laser Optics Berlin. Thus on the first day of the events scheduled in the supporting programme the focus is on information for schoolchildren, with papers, discussion rounds, demonstrations and experiments offering advice on careers in the optical technology industry. Participants will be given easy-to-follow explanations on how optical technology and laser engineering pervade our everyday lives, in many cases without our knowledge. Taking as its slogan “made by schoolchildren/trainees for schoolchildren“ an optical laboratory will provide insights into business fields in the optical industry and carry out experiments.
On Students’ Day at Laser Optics Berlin (23 March) events include general papers and discussion rounds on career prospects and opportunities for a future in the optical technology industry. In addition there will be tips on how to write applications and advice will be provided in a recruiting area, where those interested will be able to find job vacancies offered by exhibitors at the fair. A poster session involving a presentation of academic work and prize-giving will round off the Students’ Day. Students visiting the fair on this day will be admitted free of charge.
Shuttle service between the exhibition grounds and Berlin-Adlershof
For the duration of Laser Optics Berlin a shuttle bus service will commute three times daily between the exhibition grounds and Berlin-Adlershof, a centre of industry and science. More details are available at www.laser-optics-berlin.com.The trade fair moved to the exhibition grounds after having previously been held for seven years at the technology centre in Adlershof.
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About Laser Optics Berlin
Laser Optics Berlin, the International Trade Fair and Convention for Optical & Laser Technologies, takes place every two years. In 2008 more than 130 exhibitors from Germany and abroad presented their innovative products and services on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. Approximately 90 per cent of the 2,650 people attending this event were trade visitors. Laser Optics Berlin is organised by Messe Berlin in association with TSB Technologiestiftung Berlin GmbH, and with its partners Max Born Institute, OpTecBB, WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH and Laserverbund Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. About Berlin/Brandenburg, a business region driving innovation Berlin/Brandenburg has become one of Germany’s leading business regions for optical technology. In particular Berlin-Adlershof, a centre of science and industry, is more densely populated with optical technology companies and facilities than any other region in Germany. Currently, around 55 companies specialising in photonics and optical technology are situated in Berlin-Adlershof. Numbering around 660, these companies’ employees generate an annual turnover of approximately EUR 80 million. Their work and research focuses on laser technology and medical laser technology, optoelectronics, technical optics, optical analysis and on the analysis of electron radiation and x-rays. Many of the companies in the technology park have succeeded in occupying innovative niches and have become very successful in the international market. With the science and manufacturing facilities in such close proximity to each other, and with such excellent conditions for work and research, the Berlin/ Brandenburg region possesses an outstanding international network. This makes Laser Optics Berlin an essential meeting place for the industry’s international experts.
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