Cardiff, UK (PRWEB) March 16, 2014
Sessions of special interest to industry and R&D leaders featuring experts from throughout the global community have been expanded to meet the technology-transfer needs for participants at SPIE Photonics Europe. The event will run 14-17 April at the Square Brussels Meeting Centre, and is sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.
“Because of the tremendous importance of the Key Enabling Technology of photonics in driving economic vitality, SPIE continually works to provide opportunities that connect researchers with industry partners and help further the translation of technology into applications,” said SPIE Industry and Market Strategist Steve Anderson. “Topics in the varied industry programme at SPIE Photonics Europe range from working with existing and changing regulations, to updates on the latest trends in quickly advancing fields. Sessions, workshops, and other events have been developed with photonics technology and industry leaders, expressly to meet their needs.”
A full-day Industry Perspectives Programme on Wednesday 16 April will provide executive briefings on growing photonics markets and related business opportunities. Facilitated by Anderson, the programme will include talks by:
Anderson will present the latest findings from SPIE analysis of the global marketplace for core photonics components, based on in-depth evaluation of more than 1,800 companies that are active in optics and photonics.
Workshops ranging from part- to full-day are offered. Pre-registration is required, and is free to technical conference attendees. Topics are:
Leading photonics suppliers will show their latest devices and systems in a two-day exhibition (15 and 16 April ) featuring optical components, lasers, fibre optics, detectors, sensors, and cameras.
The Photonics Innovation Village including 13 optics and photonics projects from universities, not-for-profits, and research centres will showcase research programmes aiming to commercialise new technology into new and useful products.
Organised by B-PHOT, the Brussels Photonics Team at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the Photonics Innovation Village is supported by SPIE with cash awards sponsored by the Brussels Capital Region Government awarded to the top projects. Winners in two categories will be announced on Wednesday 16 April.
SPIE Photonics Europe features more than 1,200 presentations in 18 technical conferences, poster sessions, daily “Hot Topics” sessions, and numerous networking and social events.
SPIE Photonics Europe General Chairs are Francis Berghmans, Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Ronan Burgess, European Commission Joint Research Centre; Jürgen Popp, Institute of Photonic Technology Jena; and Peter Hartmann, SCHOTT. Hugo Thienpoint, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, is Honorary Chair.
SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 256,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent. SPIE provided $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2013.