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Photonics Days 2020

Fraunhofer IOF in cooperation with the Max Planck School of Photonics


From September 21 to 22, we will again welcome students and doctoral candidates to the Photonics Days 2020.


Look forward to a varied career and networking event – this year completely virtual and accessible from all over the world.

Take the chance and network with representatives from the optics and photonics industry. Get into conversation with them in a relaxed atmosphere, ask your questions, get advice on your CVs, learn more about your own career from the representatives, and discover current job offers in optics and photonics in virtual company rooms.

Meet like-minded people during virtual coffee and lunch breaks, exchange ideas, get to know new exciting research ideas, or be active yourself and develop solutions on your own at the Lichtwerkstatt-Makeathon.


We are looking forward to you!

Photonics Days in Jena

Attracting young talents in optics and photonics

Optics and photonics are indispensable for the future. As key technologies, they contribute to the solutions of the current and future challenges of mankind. Their potential for digitization in particular is estimated to be very high.

Young scientists are needed to further advance innovations and developments in the optics and photonics industry. For this reason, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF, in cooperation with the Max Planck School of Photonics, organizes the annual Photonics Days as a networking and career event.

For the exchange between young people and companies

At the Photonics Days, students and doctoral candidates have the opportunity to network face-to-face with representatives of renowned photonics organizations. Even before graduating, students and doctoral candidates can gain perspectives for their own career paths, receive personal advice and make helpful contacts.

The Photonics Days were created as a networking event to address the needs of the next generation as well as the optics and photonics industry: Young scientists are sensitized to the knowledge and skills that are advantageous when applying for jobs. Company representatives have the opportunity to present themselves as attractive companies and to network with interested young researchers.

What our participants say

The career fair was quite informative and useful to gain insights, among networking with industry.


Kudos to the team who put this event together and made it a huge success. Great job !!!! Looking forward to the event next year as well.


It is very good that the event provided many opportunities to communicate with the industry.

Impressions of the past Photonics Days

The supporters of the Photonics Days 2020

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If you would also like to present your company as part of the program (September 22, 2020), you are welcome to contact us at

The organizers

The event Photonics Days 2020 is organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF and the Max Planck School of Photonics.

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