Program 2020

New information about the program of Photonics Days 2020 (September 21-23, 2020) will be announced here.

Program 2019

The Photonics Days 2019 will be held in English (except for the evening event on Wednesday, where an english translation will be offered).

Der »Applied Photonics Award« geht aus dem »Green Photonics«-Nachwuchspreis hervor - nun mit einem neuen Anstrich und neuer inhaltlicher Ausrichtung. Verliehen wird er durch das Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Optik und Feinmechanik IOF in Jena. Das Institut betreibt seit über 25 Jahren anwendungsorientierte Forschung auf dem Gebiet der Photonik und entwickelt innovative optische Systeme zur Kontrolle von Licht. Optik und Photonik tragen als Schlüsseltechnologien dazu bei, Herausforderungen zu lösen, vor denen die Menschheit heute steht. Um besonders originelle und innovative Abschlussarbeiten zu würdigen, die sich mit den Themen der Angewandten Photonik beschäften, wurde dieser Nachwuchspreis ins Leben gerufen.


10:00 – 11:00 Registration


Venue: Fraunhofer IOF


11:00 – 11:30 Welcome and team building


Venue: Fraunhofer IOF


11:30 – 12:00 Lunchtime

Come together and expand your network.


Venue: Fraunhofer IOF


12:00 – 24:00 Makeathon

Become active yourself and develop solutions for photonics issues.

in cooperation with Lichtwerkstatt Jena


Venue: Fraunhofer IOF


15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

Relax with coffee and snacks.


Venue: Fraunhofer IOF


18:30 – 20:00 BBQ

Recharge your batteries while having a cozy outdoor dinner.


Venue: Fraunhofer IOF


24:00 End of Makeathon


10:00 – 11:00 Makeathon Pitches

The winners of the makeathon will be selected based on the pitches: Convince the jury with short and clear presentations of your results (max 5 minutes)


Venue: Fraunhofer IOF


Individual transfer to Campus Ernst-Abbe-Platz


Public program section (in English)

12:00 (Lecture hall changed)

Open entrance to the Lecture hall 2


13:00 – 14:00 Welcoming words

by Prof. Dr. Walter Rosenthal (President of Friedrich Schiller University Jena) and

Prof. Dr. Andreas Tünnermann (Director of Fraunhofer IOF)


Venue: Campus Ernst-Abbe-Platz (Lecture hall 2)


14:00 – 14:30 Elevator Pitches for Hot-Stuff-Award of Cluster of Excellence in Photonics

Learn about exciting and suprising research ideas in the fields of photonics and vote for the best!


Venue: Campus Ernst-Abbe-Platz (Lecture hall 2)


14:30 – 14:45 Awarding ceremony for the project ideas developed on Photonics Day 2019 Makeathon

The work of the previous day shall be appreciated.


Venue: Campus Ernst-Abbe-Platz (Lecture hall 2)


14:45 – 15:00 Awarding of the Hot-Stuff-Award of the Cluster of Excellence in Photonics

And the award for the coolest research idea goes to … ?


Venue: Campus Ernst-Abbe-Platz (Lecture hall 2)


15:00 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 16:30 Keynote of Prof. Dr. Michael Kaschke


The future role of photonics in industry


Venue: Campus Ernst-Abbe-Platz (Lecture hall 2)


16:30 – 17:30 Keynote of Prof. Dr. Gérard Mourou

Nobel Prize Winner 2018

Lecture about “Passion for extreme Light”


Venue: Campus Ernst-Abbe-Platz (Lecture hall 2)


16:30 – 17:30 Individual journey to the Planetarium Jena
(10 min walk from the University to the Planetarium)



Program section for registered participants (in German with english translation)


(time changed)

18:30 – 22:30

Dinner & Award ceremony of the »Applied Photonics Award«


Venue: Planetarium Jena


9:00 – 12:00 Science & Industry Breakfast

with representatives of Carl Zeiss AG,
Excelitas Technologies GmbH & Co. KG, Trumpf GmbH,
Active Fiber Systems GmbH, Schott AG, Gitterwerk GmbH, and OptoNet Jena e.V.


Venue: SCALA Restaurant


Individual transfer to Fraunhofer IOF


12:00 – 16:00 Career Fair & Speeddating

with representatives of Carl Zeiss AG,
Excelitas Technologies GmbH & Co. KG, Trumpf GmbH,
Gitterwerk GmbH, and Technology Recruiting Experts GmbH


Venue: Fraunhofer IOF


Event suggestion: Fraunhofer CAPS Summer School


Date: September 16th, 2019

Venue: Fraunhofer IOF, Albert-Einstein-Straße 7, 07745 Jena


On September 16th, 2019, just before the Photonics Days 2019, Fraunhofer CAPS organizes the Summer School for PhD students and all scientists from Fraunhofer institutes associated with Fraunhofer CAPS. The Summer School offers a broad spectrum of lectures on laser technology and systems engineering as well as exciting insights into their applications. This opens up another great opportunity to network with researchers from applied research and listen to interesting lecture topics.


Participation is free but requires a separate registration. Accommodation and travel must be arranged independently.

Program and registration can be found under the following link:



Fraunhofer CAPS

Fraunhofer CAPS acts as a ”virtual institute”, in which the experts from the 13 Fraunhofer institutes FEP, IAF, IIS, IKTS, IMWS, ISE, ISIT, ITWM, IWM, IWS, IZI and ILT and IOF offer their combined expertise. Fraunhofer CAPS aims to develop laser sources and system technology for average powers up to 20 kW. The goal is to become the international technology leader in ultrafast laser systems and to explore their potential applications. The new systems will surpass all previous ultrafast lasers by an order of magnitude in terms of average output power. At the same time, the institutes work on the required system technology as well as potential applications in industry and research.