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Online: World of Photonics Congress from June 20 to 24, 2021

New date: Next LASER World of PHOTONICS in Munich from April 26 to 29, 2022

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3,635 lectures and posters are presented at this year’s World of Photonics Congress. In addition, several award presentations take place to honor outstanding research in photonics. Get an overview of the highlight sessions and lectures of the program and find more details to the award presentations.


  • WLT Award Ceremony
  • Herbert Walther Award by OSA and DPG
  • Emmett N. Leith Medal by OSA
  • Prizes of the EPS-QEOD (Quantum Electronics and Optics Division)
  • C17: Awards - IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Laser Physics and Photonics


An overview of all plenary sessions is given here.

ECBO Hot Topics

Light for Life

CLEO / Europe Keynote

Challenges and Trends in Optical Molecular Imaging
Sophie Brasselet, Fresnel Institute, France

ECBO CLEO / Europe Tutorial

Light Sheet Microscopy: Imaging faster, wider and deeper
Kishan Dholakia, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom

CLEO / Europe Plenary Session

Silicon Photonics
Prof. Michal Lipson, Columbia University, USA

Optical Metrology Keynote

Fluorescence and Scattering, a Tug of War towards Multimessenger Optical Microscopy
Alberto Diaspro, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy

World of Photonics Congress Opening Plenary Session

Listening to the Universe with Gravitational Waves
Prof. Karsten Danzmann, Max-Planck-Institute for Gravitational Physics, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

EQEC Tutorial

Metamaterials, Anapoles and Flying Donuts
Nikolay N. Zheludev, University of Southampton, UK and NTU Singapore, Singapore

Optical Metrology - EQEC 2019 Joint Session

Computational Photonics for Metrology Application: Light and Structure
LiM - Lasers in Manufacturing Plenary Session and WLT Award Ceremony

Laudatio for Prof. Poprawe
Prof. Andreas Tünnermann, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF, Germany

Industry 4.0 and its Role in Laser Technology

Prof. Reinhart Poprawe, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, Germany

WLT Award Ceremony and Price Winning Topic Presentation

Prof. Michael Schmidt, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Optical Metrology Keynote

Secondary Speckle-based Tomopgraphy and Tissue Probing
Ariel Schwarz, Bar-Ilan University, Isreal

Digital Optical Technologies Plenary Session

Light Field Image Processing: Overview and Research Problems
Dr. Christine Guillemot, INRIA, France

EOS Optofluidics Plenary Session

Nanophotonic Metasurfaces for Biosensing and Imaging
Prof. Hatice Altug, L'Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

CLEO/Europe Tutorial

Graphene for Photonics and Optoelectronics
Andrea Ferrari, Cambridge Graphene Center, United Kingdom

Optical Metrology Keynote

Toward a thinking Microscope: Deeep Learning-enabled Computational Microscopy and Sensing
Aydogan Ozcan, University of California, USA

Nobel Price Plenary Talk

A Passion for Extreme Light
Gérard Mourou, L'Ecole Polytechnique, France

Imaging and Applied Optics Plenary Session

The Ongoing Adaptive Optics Revolution
Dr. Domenico Bonaccini Calia, European Soutern Observatory, Germany

Robot learning from Human Guidance
Prof. Dongheui Lee, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany

EQEC Plenary Session and Award Ceremony

Photonic Entanglement: from Foundations to Applications
Prof. Anton Zeilinger, Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria

Herbert Walther Award Lecture by CLEO/Europe 2019

The Journey from Manipulating Single Quantum Systems to Quantum Information Processing
Prof. Peter Knight, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Optical Metrology Keynote

Quantifying Myelination at the Individual Axon Scale using Color Spatial Light Interference Microscopy (cSLIM)
Gabriel Popescu, University of Illinois, USA

ECBO Plenary Session

Photo Medicine, Radiation Medicine and Nano Medicine: An Emerging Golden Braid
Prof. Brian C. Wilson, University of Toronto/Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Canada

EQEC Keynote

Magic Conditions for Optical Lattice Clocks to Operate at 10^-19 Uncertainty
Hidetoshi Katori, Tokyo University, Japan

CLEO/Europe Keynote

Nonlinear Optics Exploiting the Spatial Dimension
Siddharth Ramachandran, Boston University, USA

Optical Metrology Keynote

Optical Imaging using Learning Techniques
Demetri Psaltis, L'Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Optical Metrology Keynote

Ultralarge Scale Single-Cell Image-based Biophysical Phenotyping: Opportunities and Challenges
Kevin Tsia, The University of Hong Kong, China

Optical Metrology Plenary Session

Towards a complete Framework for Calibration of Optical Surface and coordinate Measuring Insturments
Prof. Richard Leach, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

EQEC Keynote

A Renaissance in Stimulated Brillouin Scattering
Benjamin Eggleton, University of Sydney, Australia

Optical Metrology Keynote

Automated Cell Identification with 3D Optical Imaging
Bahram Javidi, University of Connecticut, USA

CLEO / Europe Tutorial

Quantum Dot Lasers Epitaxially Grown on Si
John Bowers, UC Santa Barbara, USA

Optical Metrology EOS Joint Session

Measurement of Optical Components I: Asphere and Freeform Measurement

EOS Manufacturing, Tolerancing and Testing of Optical Systems Plenary Session

The Future of Optical Fabrication - Demand, Supply and Technology
Prof. David Walker, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Optical Metrology Keynote

Quantitive Phase Imaging and Artificial Intelligence
YongKeun Park, KAIST; Republic of Korea

EQEC Keynote

Topological Photonics
Mordechai (Moti) Segev, Technion, Isreal

Keynote CLEO / Europe 2019

Wireless Terahertz Communications
Wolfgang Freude, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

CLEO / Europe Tutorial

An Introduction to Attosecond Pulses and Attosecond Physics
Anne L'Huillier, Lund University, Sweden

Social & Networking events

Exchanging information, receiving fresh ideas, getting to know new colleagues and making contact with key players in the industry: No problem at the World of Photonics Congress!

Poster sessions

Each conference held as part of the World of Photonics Congress will also feature at least one poster session. Take this opportunity of meeting colleagues researching the same subjects or of getting to know new research projects.

"Bier & Brezel" Get-together sponsored by SPIE

End the congress day among colleagues with “pretzels and beer”. The "Bier & Brezel“ Get-together sponsored by SPIE takes places on Monday, June 24, 2019, 19:00-21:00 in the Foyer and Hall B0, ICM Ground Floor.

Happy hour sponsored by QEOD

The Happy Hour sponsored by QEOD takes place on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 17:45–18:45 in the Foyer and Hall B0, ICM Ground Floor.

Congress structure

The World of Photonics Congress covers the entire world of photonics in a single event.

Congress program

The World of Photonics Congress covers all research disciplines and application facets relevant to optical technologies.

Program 2019
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