The LASER World of PHOTONICS Congress and Trade Fair 2015 celebrates the International Year of Light

The Laser World of Photonics Congress and Trade Fair 2015 that will be held in Munich, Germany, from 21 to 25 June, with nearly 1,200 exhibitors and 27,000 visitors expected, is one of the largest of the world of its kind. Since this is one of the major events in the global International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015) calendar, it features a number of activities that celebrate the effects that light-based technologies have on the quality of life and as a key force that drives the economy.


On Sunday 21 June, the European Conferences on Biomedical Optics (ECBO) will include a special Hot Topics session entitled Light for Life, from 15:00 to 16:30, which will feature internationally renowned experts discussing the current status of their fields, emerging developments, and how these technologies are poised to improve the human condition. Following this event, from 17:15 to 18:45, the ECBO-CLEO/Europe 2015 International Year of Light Special Plenary Session on Super-Resolved Fluorescence Microscopy will welcome the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Laureates Stefan Hell and Eric Betzig.

One of the highlights of the World of Photonics Congress is the Opening Ceremony that will be held on Monday 22 June from 9:00 to 11:00. The event entitled “Light Solutions for the Society Challenges of our World” will focus on how light and light-based technologies are of uttermost importance for the development of society. The session will be moderated by the IYL 2015 Steering Committee Chair John Dudley and will include addresses from high-level speakers such as Dr. Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO; Mr. Wolfgang Boch – Head of the Photonics Unit of the European Commission; Dr. Lawrence S. Goldberg, Senior Engineering Advisor in the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems, Directorate for Engineering, at the National Science Foundation; and Dr. Yanne K. Chembo, ERC Starting Grant Laureate, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) Paris and the African Physical Society.

Present will be science advisors and attachés from selected member states of UNESCO, Nobel Prize Laureates and scientific dignitaries, conference attendees, CEOs from exhibiting companies at the LASER World of Photonics Trade Fair, Presidents and CEOs of relevant associations and CEOs and Presidents of IYL 2015 Founding Partners / Patron Sponsors.

The Opening Ceremony will be closed by the World of Photonics Congress Plenary Talk given by Prof. Federico Capasso, University of Harvard.

On Monday 21 afternoon, all exhibitors and attendees of the World of Photonics Congress are cordially invited to attend to the opening reception dedicated to the IYL 2015 from 18:00 to 21:00.

For more information on the special IYL 2015 events during the World of Photonics Congress please visit the Congress Website.

In addition, the EC-funded LIGHT2015 project that is aimed to promote the importance of photonics during the IYL 2015 in Europe will also organize several events at the World of Photonics Congress. Most notably, the presentation of the LIGHT2015 Awards to Young Women in Photonics and Young Entrepreneur in Photonics during the CLEO Europe-EQEC 2015 Plenary Session and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 23 June. The remaining LIGHT2015 events will be dedicated to the promotion of careers in photonics on Wednesday 24 June. A Student Networking Lunch event and a Panel Discussion on Careers Choices that will be comprised by a talk from John Dudley, IYL 2015 Steering Committee Chair, followed by a panel with professionals from a variety of fields in optics and photonics. Both events are co-sponsored by SPIE. For more information, please visit the LIGHT2015 Project website.

About The World of Photonics Congress

The World of Photonics Congress covers the entire world of photonics in a single event: Scientific conferences with plenary and joint sessions and a practice-oriented lecture program address all aspects of optical technologies. The different conferences organized during the World of Photonics Congress are: The European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and the European Quantum Electronics Conference (CLEO® / Europe-EQEC) organized by the European Physical Society (EPS), IEEE Photonics Society and The Optical Society (OSA); Lasers in Manufacturing (LiM 2015) organized by WLT (German Scientific Laser Society), European Optical Society (EOS) Topical Meetings organized by EOS; Optical Metrology organized by SPIE, European Conferences on Biomedical Optics (ECBO) organized by SPIE with the support of OSA.


About The Laser World of Photonics

The LASER World of PHOTONICS, is the International Trade Fair for the Laser and Photonics Industry that has been held in Munich since 1973. It combines technology with industrial application sectors for the widest variety of industries and uses. Every two years, key players and decision-makers come to Munich to meet at one of the industry’s most important marketplace. The fair gives participants from more than 70 countries a complete overview of all topics that pertain to optical technologies on 42,000 square meters of exhibition space.


About IYL 2015

The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations (A/RES/68/221) to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health.  With UNESCO as lead agency, IYL 2015 programs will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015—from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today.  The IYL Global Secretariat is located at the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

The Founding Partners of IYL 2015 are the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG), the European Physical Society (EPS), the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), the Institute of Physics (IOP), Light: Science and Applications, the International Network, 1001 Inventions, The Optical Society (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). 

Patron Sponsors include Bosca, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Royal Philips Lighting, Thorlabs and UL.


Ellen Richter-Maierhofer
LASER World of Photonics Congress Manager

John Dudley
Steering Committee Chair
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015

Joe Niemela
Global Coordinator (IYL Secretariat)
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015