Frequently asked questions - FAQ

General questions about the fair and the exhibition network

LASER World of PHOTONICS trade fairs and their congresses are the most important marketplaces and think tanks for the global laser and photonics industry and those who use its products and solutions. They unite research and application and promote the use and further development of the Photonics industry. LASER World of PHOTONICS has been organized by Messe München every two years since 1973. The World of Photonics Congress is held at the same time as the fair. It is the leading European scientific conference in the sector for photonics and laser research and one of the Top 3 in the world. The spin-off exhibition LASER World of PHOTONICS CHINA is the leading regional trade fair for the Photonics industry in China. It takes place every year in March. Since 2012, LASER World of PHOTONICS INDIA takes place annually. It is the regional platform for the laser and photonics community in India.

LASER World of PHOTONICS, the International Trade Fair for Photonics Components, Systems and Applications, takes place in Munich every two years.

Dates of next fair: June 21–24, 2021

World of Photonics Congress
The World of Photonics Congress takes place every two years at the same time as LASER World of PHOTONICS. It is the leading European scientific congress in the sector for photonics and laser research and one of the Top 3 in the world.

Dates of next congress: June 20–24, 2021

LASER World of PHOTONICS CHINA has been held in Shanghai every year since 2006. It is the Chinese platform for the laser and photonics community.

Dates of next fair: March 18–20, 2020

LASER World of PHOTONICS INDIA has been held every year since 2012. It is the Indian platform for the laser and photonics community.

Dates of next fair: October 17–19, 2019

The international elite in the scientific sector meet at the World of Photonics Congress to exchange ideas and information about the latest developments in photonics and laser research in all of its facets.

All important information about the World of Photonics Congress is available on our website.

LASER World of PHOTONICS sends out a regular newsletter that contains information about the latest topics that apply to the LASER World of PHOTONICS network and the photonics industry.

You can subscribe free of charge here.

Visitors may purchase tickets here starting in the autumn of 2020.

Admission prices will be posted here.


  • Monday, June 24, 2019: 09:00–17:00 Uhr
  • Tuesday, June 25, to Wednesday, June 26, 2019: 09:00–18:00 Uhr
  • Thursday, June 27, 2019: 09:00–16:00 Uhr


  • Monday, June 24, to Thursday, June 27, 2019: 08:00–19:00 Uhr

No, according to Messe München´s house and user rules it is not allowed to bring animals onto the exhibition grounds with the exception of guide dogs and other assistance dogs.

Exhibitor questions

To participate in LASER World of PHOTONICS, you must complete an online application form. Based on the information provided on the form, we will check to see if your company is eligible to participate as an exhibitor.

You will receive your stand proposal for LASER World of PHOTONICS 2021 in October/November 2020.

When you submit your application, it only concerns stand space at LASER World of PHOTONICS. Your application fee automatically includes the communications fee (mandatory entry in the exhibitor directory—online and catalog), the AUMA (Association of the German Trade Fair Industry) fee and a removal fee for waste generated at the trade-fair center during the fair. When you submit your application, you will also receive an invoice for your advance payment for services.

Other services such as stand construction and any necessary furnishings and equipment (such as partition walls, carpeting, electricity) as well as exhibitor passes and advertising materials to meet your exact needs can be ordered through our web shop. We will automatically inform you once the web shop is available.

Innovation 12m² (row or corner stand)
The turnkey stand includes:
Stand setup and dismantling, 12 m² stand space (4 x 3m), side panels colored blue (other standard colors available), fee choice of carpeting (standard color anthracite), 4 80-watt spotlights, signboard with max. 15 characters in Helvetica black, 1 lockable closet, 1 table display case, 1 table with 4 chairs, 1 brochure holder, electrical connection incl. 1 outlet and consumption.

Table Top 4m²
Stand setup and dismantling, 4 m² stand space (2 x 2m), carpeting, silver aluminum design with white partitions, signboard with max. 15 characters in Helvetica black, choice of 1 table display case with 1 bar stool or 1 table with 2 chairs, lighting (2 80-watt spotlights) electrical connection incl. 1 outlet and consumption.

As an exhibitor, you may also order a number of other additional services. They cover everything from assistance with stand construction, stand equipment and technical services to exhibitor passes, advertising materials and support to help you prepare for the fair and ensure the success of your exhibit. Details are available in our Exhibitor Shop, where you can conveniently order these services online. We will inform you once that service is available.

Each exhibitor participating in LASER World of PHOTONICS receives one free ticket to the World of Photonics Congress 2019. Beyond that, each exhibitor may purchase up to five congress tickets at a special price. After that, all additional tickets to the World of Photonics Congress must be purchased form one of the organizing scientific associations at the regular price. Each ticket is personalized and may only be used by the person to whom it is issued. Tickets are not transferrable.

Each exhibitor receives a specific quantity of free exhibitor passes for his stand for the duration of the fair.

  • up to 4m² of stand size: 1 exhibitor pass
  • up to 12m² of stand size: 2 exhibitor passes
  • up to 20m² of stand size: 3 exhibitor passes
  • from 20m² for every additional 20 m² or part thereof: 1 exhibitor pass (in addition)

Additional exhibitor passes may be ordered for a fee in our Exhibitor Shop.

Exhibitor passes are only intended for stand personnel and may not be passed on to third parties. We reserve the right to confiscate exhibitor passes if they are misused.

Including co-exhibitors at your stand does not increase the number of exhibitor passes.

Vouchers and online vouchers for one-day tickets are free admission vouchers for your customers that you can order in our Exhibitor Shop.

Online vouchers are a particularly quick, easy and cost-effective way to invite your customers to visit your stand.

Calculable costs!
We will charge you EUR 23.00 per online-voucher. However, you will only be charged for tickets actually used and the payable amount is capped depending on the size of your stand: If your stand area is below 100 m², you will pay for no more than two tickets. If it is equal to or in excess of 100 m², you will pay for no more than one ticket per square meter of your stand area.

Co-exhibitors that do not belong to the same group of companies as the main exhibitor pay for no more than 20 redeemed ticket vouchers.

Sample calculation for main exhibitors
If you rent a stand of 20 m²: 20 x 2 = 40. You will pay for no more than 40 ticket vouchers and the maximum total will be 40 x EUR 23.00 = EUR 920.00. Your vouchers and online vouchers will cost no more than EUR 920.00, regardless of how many you order. If fewer ticket vouchers are used, you will only pay for the actual number of redeemed vouchers.

If more visitors use their online vouchers than the number calculated using the above system, you do not have to pay anything for the those additional, used tickets!

So invite as many visitors to your stand as you like—it really pays off!

Yes, after the online registration of the main exhibitor, the co-exhibitor can make the registration via a separate link, which he receives from the main exhibitor. The application fee for co-exhibitors, which includes the mandatory communications fee, is 400 euro. The main exhibitor will be invoiced for this fee.

All co-exhibitors have the same advantages as main exhibitors and will be listed separately as exhibitors in the exhibition catalog and in the online exhibitor directory.

A co-exhibitor exhibits at the stand of a main exhibitor with his own personnel and his own exhibits. That includes companies from the same group of companies and subsidiaries. The form must be signed by the main exhibitor.

An additionally represented company is a company whose products or services are offered by the main exhibitor without the company being represented by its own personnel at the exhibition stand. Please keep in mind that sales organizations that exhibit the products of various manufacturers must register those manufacturers as additionally represented companies.

Do you have questions about participating in LASER World of PHOTONICS? We would be pleased to support you.


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