The world's leading trade fair for photonics components, systems and applications enables advance planning for exhibitors and visitors with new trade fair dates for spring 2022. In close coordination with the industry, partners and advisory boards, Messe München has decided to postpone LASER World of PHOTONICS to April 26 to 29, 2022. World of Photonics Congress will be held in a digital format on the original dates of June 20–24, 2021.
Due to the existing travel restrictions and the currently unclear Covid-19 situation, Messe München has decided to postpone LASER World of PHOTONICS by ten months. One of the main grounds for this decision is the large share of international exhibitors and visitors, accounting for more than half of the total number of participants, a high proportion of whom come from other continents. Under the current conditions, holding LASER World of PHOTONICS in June would make it impossible for the trade fair to live up to its standard of being the world's leading trade fair and to provide the on-site platform for innovations and products with in-depth technical discussions that is so highly valued by the industry.
“With the new date, we can offer our customers planning certainty in a timely manner,” says Dr. Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Messe München, and adds: “With this postponement of the trade fair event, we are creating the basis for a successful in-person international trade fair and following the wishes of our exhibitors and visitors.”
Messe München has worked out the details of postponing the planned trade fair in close consultation with the Exhibitors' Advisory Board. A clear majority of the exhibitors surveyed support the date change. “We support the postponement to April 2022 and are already now looking forward to the time the photonics industry will definitely be able to meet again in person,” says Dr. Wilhelm Kaenders, Chairman of the Exhibitor Advisory Board of LASER World of PHOTONICS and Member of the Board of TOPTICA Photonics AG.
While the trade fair gets new dates, the scientific congress will be held as an online event on the originally scheduled dates of June 20–24, 2021. At the virtual World of Photonic Congress there will be five conferences with more than 40 sub-topics. The range of topics will extend from basic research to applied science, from laser science, photonics and quantum optics, optical metrology, digital optical technologies and biomedical optics to the use of lasers in production engineering.
Until the next LASER World of PHOTONICS in Munich, a new webinar series will facilitate knowledge exchange and communication in the industry: The first two editions of “LASER World of PHOTONICS Talk” will focus on the trend topic of quantum technology. The series will start on March 3 at 11:00 a.m CET and will be streamed live. Participation via the LASER World of PHOTONICS website is free of charge.