Optica Laser Congress and Exhibition

11 – 15 December 2022
Hybrid Event - Central European Time (UTC + 01:00)

Barcelona International Convention Centre
Barcelona, Catalunya Spain

Event name Sunday, 11 December Monday, 12 December Tuesday, 13 December Wednesday, 14 December Friday, 16 December
Congress Welcome Reception 18:30 - 20:00
State of the Industry Panel  
13:00 - 14:00
Student and Early Career Networking Happy Hour  
18:30 - 20:00
Optica Laser Systems Technical Group Special Talk & Networking Event  
19:00 - 20:30
Technology Showcase: Customer-Inspired R&D Efforts at Edmund Optics  
10:15 - 10:35
Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship (WiSTEE) Lunch  
12:45 - 14:00
End-User Workshop - Presented by Optica Corporate Membership  
14:00 - 17:00
Congress Banquet  
18:30 - 22:00
ICFO Tour – The Institute of Photonic Sciences  
09:30 - 14:00

Congress Welcome Reception

Sunday, 11 December 18:30 – 20:00
Room 212, Barcelona International Convention Centre

Whether you are reconnecting with colleagues that you have not seen in a few years or meeting individuals for the first time, the Congress Welcome Reception is your first opportunity to meet fellow attendees in a casual, relaxed setting before the meeting activities begin.


State of the Industry Panel

Monday, 12 December 13:00 – 14:00
Show Floor Theater, Exhibit Hall

Despite ongoing global challenges, the laser industry continues to grow and expand, with increasing applications demanding enhanced performance from state-of-the-art laser systems. Senior leaders in the global laser industry will participate in this panel discussion, aiming to explore the current state of the laser industry in 2022. Through candid and open discussions, the panel will discuss some of the key challenges and emerging opportunities underpinning the industry’s further growth.

Gabrielle Thomas, Business Development Manager, Menlo Systems GmbH, Germany

Scott Christensen, Director of Advanced Applications, IPG Photonics, USA
Florian Emaury, CEO, Menhir Photonics AG, Switzerland
Oliver Haupt, Director Strategic Marketing, Coherent, USA
James Kafka, CTO, Spectra-Physics and Fellow, MKS, USA
Hagen Zimer, Managing Director, Trumpf Laser GmbH, Germany


Student and Early Career Networking Happy Hour

Monday, 12 December 18:30 – 20:00
Tibidabo Room, AC Hotel Barcelona Forum

Meet or reconnect with colleagues from around the world. In addition, several Optica Ambassadors will be in attendance to lead discussions on working in industry, navigating academia and other topics of interest.


Optica Laser Systems Technical Group Special Talk & Networking Event

Monday, 12 December 19:00 – 20:30
Rooms 133-134, Barcelona International Convention Centre

Join the Laser Systems Technical Group for a special talk.

Patrick Baer, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology, Germany
Talk: High Stability Fiber Lasers at 1 and 2 µm for Gravitational Wave Detectors, Sensing- and Quantum Applications

Baer’s talk offers an overview of fiber amplifier development at 1 µm and 2 µm, shows its potential for various applications and presents recent achievements and current challenges. Attendees are invited to stay after the talk to connect with colleagues over refreshments.

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Technology Showcase: Customer-Inspired R&D Efforts at Edmund Optics

Tuesday, 13 December 10:15 – 10:35
Show Floor Theater, Exhibit Hall

Olivia Wheeler-Williams, Ultrafast Laser Optics Engineer, Edmund Optics, USA

Edmund Optics works closely with our customers to address their applications, which often inspires full-scale R&D efforts to enhance product quality and fundamental knowledge. Recently, we have focused on adhesion of broadband coatings to semiconductors, variance in group delay dispersion for standard dielectric mirrors and degradation pathways in UV optics.


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Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship (WiSTEE) Lunch

Tuesday, 13 December 12:45 – 14:00
Room 128, Barcelona International Convention Centre

WiSTEE Connect aims to provide concrete support to help women to gain regional connections and global impact in Science, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship (STEE) fields. Information about the WiSTEE lunch will be available prior to the event.


End-User Workshop - Presented by Optica Corporate Membership

Tuesday, 13 December 14:00 – 17:00
Room 120, Barcelona International Convention Centre

Optica Corporate Membership hosts a session featuring integrators and end-users of photonics technology. The aim is to connect optics and lasers suppliers with potential technology integrators to understand their current and future needs. In a highly interactive setting, speakers present what their companies do, then address points such as the optics and laser technology currently used at Nokia Bell Labs; optics and laser technology needed now or in the near future; and perhaps some technology challenges that other participants can help solve.

This industry-only event will stimulate discussions to accelerate business opportunities for participants. The event will not be recorded to encourage people to speak freely. 

The program concludes with a networking reception to continue the discussion and explore business opportunities.


Congress Banquet

Wednesday, 14 December 18:30 – 22:00
Sant Pau Recinte Modernista

Enjoy a special banquet dinner with fellow attendees at Sant Pau Recinte Modernista.

Sant Pau is the world’s largest Art Nouveau complex, as well as being the most important work by Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the architect of Modernisme, the Catalan Art Nouveau.

Declared World Heritage by the UNESCO in 1997 for its singularity and artistic beauty, the Art Nouveau Site comprises an architectural complex of 12 pavilions set in green space and interconnected by a kilometre of underground galleries.

Available to Technical Conference registrants with a EUR 25 reservation fee. 


ICFO Tour – The Institute of Photonic Sciences

Friday, 16 December 09:30 – 14:00
ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences

The tour begins with a presentation by Dr. Robert Sewell, Head of Academic Affairs, who offers a brief introduction to ICFO and the research conducted at the institute. Guided tours through laboratories and facilities follow.

The tour is held in conjunction with the annual ICFO Day, which means you can take part in supplemental activities organized through the event. (Information on IFCO Day will be available closer to the event.)

Transportation to and from the tour is included in the tour registration fee. The bus will depart from the AC Marriott Hotel (located next to the convention center) at promptly 09:30. Once the tour concludes, the bus will return to the hotel, arriving approximately at 14:30. There are no other stops scheduled.

If you wish to go to the airport directly after the tour, you may bring your luggage with you to the facility. The trip to Barcelona International Airport is a 10-15 minute car ride from ICFO. 

Note: A registration fee of EUR 65 is required to reserve your spot on the tour.