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The “Photonics Days” from September 29 to 30, 2021

You think there’s nothing going on in 2021 because of the pandemic? Far from it!

Fraunhofer IOF together with the Max Planck School of Photonics invites you once again this year to their traditional “Photonics Days”. The international networking and career event for students and PhD candidates from the fields of optics and photonics will be held digitally and invites you to a colorful online program.

In addition to interactive workshops and seminars which will give you insights into everyday scientific life and career planning, exciting keynotes and a varied entertainment program await you.

Registration deadline is September 15, 2021.

(Due to internal preparation, registration for the Makeathon is already required by August 15.)


Participation is free of charge.

Photonics Days

Fraunhofer IOF in cooperation with the Max Planck School of Photonics

Attracting young talents to optics and photonics

Optics and photonics are indispensable for the future. As key technologies, they contribute to solutions of current and future challenges of mankind. Their potential is rated very highly, especially for digitization.

Young scientists are needed to 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.

Bridging the gap between young scientists 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 develop meaningful connections.

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. Representatives can present their companies and create a tangible experience for young scientists that enables a connection between academia and professional development in the future.

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

Partners of the Photonics Days 2020


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The organizers

The event Photonics Days 2021 is organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF and the Max Planck School of Photonics.

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