Focus on the trends: The forums program

At LASER World of PHOTONICS 2023, three forums will offer an exciting and application-oriented program of presentations on the latest applications of lasers and photonics - sorted by application area or technology. This year's World of QUANTUM will again feature a top-class program of lectures. You can find the topics and details here.

  • Forum Lasers and Optics (Hall A2)
  • Forum Laser Materials Processing (Hall B3)
  • Forum Biophotonics and Medical Applications (Hall B2)

The lecture program features the following formats:

Application Panels
The Application Panels are a series of application-oriented presentations on a current topic with the aim of addressing all facets through various presentations and speakers. An application panel lasts about 2 hours. For each application panel, chairs are responsible for putting together the program and selecting the speakers, and they also moderated the panel.

Lectures by exhibitors
LASER World of PHOTONICS exhibitors present their latest products, systems and services in 20-minute presentations.

Further highlights

In addition, other program highlights such as discussion rounds or award ceremonies did take place at the forums.

The visit to the forums is included in the tickets for the trade fair and is free of charge. The language of the presentations is English.

Starting in 2023, visitors to LASER World of PHOTONICS and World of QUANTUM will also be able to visit the Forum, Start Up Area and Vision Expert Huddles at automatica with their trade show ticket.

Overview Application Panels

Forum Lasers & Optics
Forum Laser Materials Processing
Forum Biophotonics and Medical Engineering

Forum Lasers & Optics

Tag / Day Zeit / time Titel / title Chairs
Tag / Day 27.06.2023 Zeit / time 13:00 – 17:00 Titel / title Abschlussmeeting der BMBF-Fördermaßnahme „Open Photonik Pro / Closing meeting of BMBF funding measure “Open Photonik Pro” Chairs Prof. Imlau (Universität Osnabrück),
Dr. Fabian Lausen (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung)
Tag / Day 28.06.2023 Zeit / time 10:00 – 12:00 Titel / title CW- und Langpuls-Laser / CW- and Long Pulse Laser Chairs Dr. Kleine (Coherent), Hoffmann (Fraunhofer ILT),
Prof. Tünnermann (Fraunhofer IOF)
Tag / Day 28.06.2023 Zeit / time 15:00 – 17:00 Titel / title Ultrakurzpulslaser und Strahlführungssysteme / Ultrashort Pulse Lasers and Beam Delivery Chairs Dr. Rettich (TRUMPF), Hoffmann (Fraunhofer ILT),
Prof. Tünnermann (Fraunhofer IOF)
Tag / Day 29.06.2023 Zeit / time 10:00 – 12:00 Titel / title Integrated Photonics Chairs Smeets (Photon Delta NL),
Prof. Schell (Heinrich-Hertz-Institut)
Tag / Day 29.06.2023 Zeit / time 15:00 – 17:00 Titel / title Hochleistungsdiodenlaser der nächsten Generation/Next Generation High Power Diode Lasers Chairs Dr. Martin Traub (Fraunhofer ILT), Dr. Jörg Neukum (Coherent)

Forum Laser Materials Processing

Tag / Day Zeit / time Titel / title Chairs
Tag / Day 27.06.2023 Zeit / time 11:00 – 13:00 Titel / title Bildverarbeitung - mehr als 2D-Informationen / Machine Vision - beyond 2D information Chairs Anne Wendel (VDMA e.V., Robotics + Automation),
Dr. Christopher Taudt (Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS / Anwendungszentrum für Optische Messtechnik und Oberflächentechnologien)
Tag / Day 27.06.2023 Zeit / time 15:00 – 17:00 Titel / title Keine Elektromobilität ohne Laser – Laserbasierte Fertigung für Batterien und Brennstoffzellen / No E-Mobility without Lasers – Laser-based Manufacturing of Batteries and Fuel Cells Chairs Dr. Olowinsky (Fraunhofer ILT),
Dr. Krauß (BLZ),
Dr. Ambrosy (TRUMPF)
Tag / Day 28.06.2023 Zeit / time 10:00 – 12:00 Titel / title Macht KI die laserbasierte Fertigung smart? / Is AI making laser-based manufacturing smart? Chairs Abels (Fraunhofer ILT),
Prof. Schmidt (BLZ)
Tag / Day 28.06.2023 Zeit / time 15:00 – 17:00 Titel / title Fertigung von Mikro-Strukturen mit gepulsten Lasern / Manufacturing of
Micro-structures with Pulsed Lasers
Chairs Dr. Müller (Coherent),
Dr. Quentin (TRUMPF),
Dr. Kracht (LZH)
Tag / Day 29.06.2023 Zeit / time 10:00 – 12:00 Titel / title International Laser Marketplace Chairs Dr. Mayer (Optech Consulting)
Tag / Day 29.06.2023 Zeit / time 15:00 – 17:00 Titel / title Additive Manufacturing – Neues aus dem 3D Druck metallischer Bauteile! / Additive Manufacturing—News from the 3D printing of metallic components! Chairs Dr. Meiners (TRUMPF), Lantzsch (Fraunhofer ILT)

Forum Biophotonics and Medical Engineering

Tag / Day Zeit / time Titel / title Chairs
Tag / Day 27.06.2023 Zeit / time 11:00 – 13:00 Titel / title Biophotonik mit DL trifft Pathologie, Point of Care und Labormedizin / DGLM & LGT / Biophotonics with DL meets Pathology, Point of Care and Laboratory Medicine Chairs Prof Sroka (LMU Müchen), Dr. Philipp (DGLM), Prof. Popp (Leibniz-IPHT)
Tag / Day 27.06.2023 Zeit / time 15:00 – 17:00 Titel / title SPECTARIS: Photonics for Med-Tec Chairs Dr. Süptitz (SPECTARIS)
Tag / Day 28.06.2023 Zeit / time 10:00 – 12:00 Titel / title Biophotonische Technologien für Point-of-Care-Tests – Innovationen für die Gesundheit / LGT & DGLM / Bio-photonic Technologies for Point-of-Care-Testing—Innovations for health / LGT & DGLM Chairs Prof. Popp (Leibniz-IPHT // JenaPhotonics®),
Dr. Hellwage (Leibniz-Gesundheitstechnologien und Forschungscampus InfectoGnostics)
Tag / Day 28.06.2023 Zeit / time 15:00 – 17:00 Titel / title Optik trifft Medizinrobotik / Optics meets medical robotics Chairs Dr. Bischoff (Carl Zeiss),
Dr. Brinkmann (Universität zu Lübeck), Dr. Achim Lenenbach (Fraunhofer ILT)
Tag / Day 29.06.2023 Zeit / time 10:00 – 12:00 Titel / title Fortschritte in der Biotechnologie durch Innovationen in der Photonik / Advancing Biotechnology through Innovation in Photonics Chairs Dr. Matylitsky (MKS Instruments), Schulze (Coherent)

Detailed information on the single Application Panels

Laser and Optics—Hall A2

Closing meeting of BMBF funding measure “Open Photonik Pro” (Tuesday, 27.06.2023, 13:00 – 17:00)

  • Prof. Dr. Mirco Imlau, Universität Osnabrück
  • Dr. Fabian Lausen, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung


With the funding measure "Open Photonik Pro" (OPP) launched in 2020, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) pursues the goal of promoting new forms of cooperation between science, industry, start-ups, and the maker scene. The aim of the OPP measure is to bring photonics closer to as many tech-savvy people as possible and, in particular, to enable creative access to this future technology.

Additional innovation paths and potentials were opened up within the funded projects. At the same time, innovation cycles were significantly shortened and the networking of the respective groups sustainably improved. During the "Open Photonik Pro" closing meeting, the funded projects will present their results to a broad trade fair audience.

CW- and Long Pulse Lasers (Wednesday, 28.06.2023, 10:00 – 12:00)

  • Klaus Kleine, Coherent LaserSystems GmbH & Co. KG
  • Hans-Dieter Hoffmann, Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT
  • Prof. Andreas Tünnermann, Fraunhofer Institut für Angewandte Optik und Feinmechanik IOF


Although lasers with continuous or pulsed emission with pulse durations down to the nanosecond range are established tools in industry and science, there have been significant further developments in recent years for highly interesting applications. Examples include the detection of pipeline leaks by helicopter and the satellite-based measurement of greenhouse gases and wind speeds. The production of the latest generation of computer chips, for which pulsed CO2 lasers with multi 10 kW output power play a key role, is another example. Also worth mentioning are solid-state lasers with up to several kW output power with emission in the green and ultraviolet spectral range, which are used in electrical engineering and electronics.

You will get an overview of the state of the art of commercial laser technology in this application panel. The presentations will be given by selected speakers from international market leaders in the field of high-power lasers.

Ultrashort Pulse Lasers and Beam Delivery (Wednesday, 28.06.2023, 15:00 – 17:00)

  • Dr. Thomas Rettich, TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG
  • Hans-Dieter Hoffmann, Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT
  • Prof. Andreas Tünnermann, Fraunhofer Institut für Angewandte Optik und Feinmechanik IOF


Sources of ultrashort and high peak power optical pulses improve existing and enable new applications in science and industry. Considerable progress has been made to realize reliable and highly efficient femtosecond and picosecond sources based on diode pumped solid state and fiber technology. Using novel laser concepts, output powers exceeding the kW level have been demonstrated for these systems even in femtosecond pulse operation. New sources offer emission wavelength in the green, the ultraviolet and the mid infrared spectral range.

This application panel provides an overview about the recent progress. The panel enables you to compare state of the art laser concepts for operation in industrial environment. The presentations will be given by selected speakers of international market leaders in the field of ultrafast lasers.

Integrated Photonics (Thursday, 29.06.2023, 10:00 – 12:00)

  • Jorn Smeets, PhotonDelta
  • Prof. Martin Schell, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut


Photonic integrated circuits (PICs) have the potential to revolutionize optics in the same way that electronic ICs have done with electronics since the 1970s. PICs allows for the creation of devices that can sense, process, and transmit data at unparalleled speed & sensitivity, opening the door to new applications and markets. This applies in particular to data transmission, but increasingly also to sensing, LIDAR, microwave and quantum technologies. The recent developments in the field, such as the arise of PIC foundries, has significantly lowered the entry threshold, and with e.g., Silicon, Polymer, Li¬thi¬umniobate the accessible wavelength range has widened far above telecom needs.

The panel will give an overview of successful results in various applications and technologies. Foundry access and design tool chains will be reviewed and enable you to judge if PICs are an option for your today classic optic application.

Next Generation High Power Diode Lasers (Thursday, 29.06.2023, 15:00 – 17:00)

  • Dr. Martin Traub, Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT
  • Dr. Jörg Neukum, Coherent Mainz (Dilas Diodenlaser GmbH)


The panel on "Next Generation High Power Diode Lasers" showcases the latest advancements and breakthroughs in the field of diode lasers. The session covers a wide range of topics, including pump engines for inertial confinement fusion, materials processing, and many other interesting subjects related to diode lasers. Speakers from industry and academia will present their results and share their knowledge and expertise with attendees. The conference highlights the increasing demand for high power diode lasers, e.g., in industrial and medical applications. The panel will provide an excellent platform for researchers and industry professionals to exchange ideas and collaborate on developing the next generation of high-power diode lasers.

Forum Laser Materials Processing—Halle B3

Machine Vision - beyond 2D information (Tuesday, 27.06.2023, 11:00 – 13:00)

  • Anne Wendel, Fachabteilung Machine Vision, VDMA Robotik + Automation
  • Dr.-Ing. Christopher Taudt, Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoff- und Strahltechnik IWS / Anwendungszentrum für Optische Messtechnik und Oberflächentechnologien


Image processing has become an indispensable part of today's production. Machine vision systems perform quality tests, read codes, identify components, guide machines, control processes, and deliver valuable data for optimizing production. Current trends in advanced manufacturing demand more rich information than just 2D images with shape and object detection. Novel functional features in machine vision include spectral, temporal, coherent and depth information. Within this application panel current trends in the utilization hyper spectral, time-of-flight, plenoptic, interferometric, and other advanced imaging modalities are presented and discussed in the context of machine vision applications in manufacturing.

The application panel will host experts from industry and applied research alike in order to give an overview of the topic.

No E-Mobility without Lasers – Laser-based Manufacturing of Batteries and Fuel Cells (Tuesday, 27.06.2023, 15:00 – 17:00)

  • Dr.-Ing. Alexander Olowinsky, Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT
  • Dr.-Ing. Hans-Joachim Krauß, Bayerisches Laserzentrum GmbH (blz)
  • Dr. Günter Ambrosy, TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH


Smart Mobility: Batteries and fuel cells are the core components for alternative drives and energy storage systems. Lasers have already become an integral part of production: structuring and cutting of electrodes, contacting of battery cells or welding of bipolar plates.

New processes and new beam sources are used here. In addition to increasing process speeds and reproducibility, the integration into digital process chains also plays an important role in their implementation in industrial manufacturing systems.

This panel gives an insight into the important laser beam machining processes and shows exciting industrially relevant implementations in practice.

Is AI making laser-based manufacturing smart? (Wednesday, 28.06.2023, 10:00 – 12:00)

  • Peter Abels, Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik ILT
  • Prof. Michael Schmidt, Bayerisches Laserzentrum Gemeinnützige Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (BLZ)


Laser-based manufacturing processes are continuously gaining in importance. Their advantages in terms of process speed, contactless interaction and digitizability make them ideal for advanced production. In this environment, a growing influence of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) methods can be observed. While these tools are already state of the art in areas such as marketing and logistics, in manufacturing there are early success stories as well as issues and concerns about applying them to critical processes.

In the session, industrial users will report on entry barriers, means and successes in using new processes in the context of laser-based manufacturing. With regard to current developments in this technologically challenging area, industry and academia will jointly report on current issues and approaches to solving problems such as "digital noise" and "deterministic intelligence".

Manufacturing of Micro-structures with Pulsed Lasers (Wednesday, 28.06.2023, 15:00 – 17:00)

  • Dr. Dirk Müller, Coherent
  • Dr. Ulf Quentin, TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG
  • Dr. Dietmar Kracht, Laser Zentrum Hannover


Micro-structures are ubiquitous all around us. They are adding value in devices across markets as wide spread as micro-electronics, medical and aerospace. This forum will focus on manufacturing techniques to create micro-structures at a scale and in materials that are otherwise difficult or more costly to generate by conventional methods.

The cost competitive aspect of these micro-structuring processes are emphasized. Lowest cost means using the right laser and the shortest pulse is not always the best solution. Presentations will span examples with lasers ranging in pulse duration from femtosecond, picosecond to nanosecond.

International Laser Marketplace (Thursday, 29.06.2023, 10:00 – 12:00)


  • Dr. Arnold Mayer, Optech Consulting


The International Laser Marketplace will take place in 2023 as an application panel at the Laser Materials Processing Forum. The focus will be on the current market figures for industrial lasers and laser systems as well as the development prospects in the most important international sales markets such as China, Japan and India.

Biophotonics and Medical Applications—Hall B2

Biophotonic with DL meets Pathology, Point of Care and Laboratory Medicine / DGLM & LGT (Tuesday, 27.06.2023, 11:00 – 13:00)

  • Prof. Dr. Ronald Sroka, LIFE-Zentrum, LMU Klinikum, München / DGLM
  • Dr. med. Carsten Philipp, Zentrum Lasermedizin, Evangelische Elisabeth Klinik Krankenhausbetriebs gGmbH, Berlin / DGLM
  • Prof. Jürgen Popp, Leibniz-IPHT // LGT und DGLM


In recent year, the topic "Biophotonics in Medicine“ has further evolved in various respects. In-vitro diagnostics based on biophotonic methods and phenomena is an integral part in pathology and laboratory medicine, while new methods are continuously being integrated. Highly interesting new in-vivo methods benefit from the further development of techniques and instrumentation, but they are also facing challenges brought about by the fact that national and international rules universally complicate the translation into the clinics. In this context, point-of-care applications constitute an interesting possibility for entering the market, also for smaller enterprises. New technologies of information processing (artificial intelligence, deep learning) are also facing conflicting demands of unforeseen new possibilities on the basis of huge amounts of data on one hand and questions of data privacy and medical responsibility on the other hand. Experts from medicine, research and industry will report on new technological possibilities, boundary conditions and marketing options in medicine and related fields.

SPECTARIS: Photonics for MedTec (Tuesday, 26.06.2023, 15:00 – 17:00)

SPECTARIS – Deutscher Industrieverband für Optik, Photonik, Analysen- und Medizintechnik


Dr. Wenko Süpitz, SPECTARIS


Medical technology is one of the largest and at the same time most multifaceted application fields of the German photonics industry. Almost all photonic technologies such as lasers, optical fibers, LED illumination, imaging systems and optical sensors are used in a wide range of applications in hospitals, by doctors in private practice and in the home. Short presentations of innovative concepts and products for medical technology will give numerous ideas of what is possible with photonics in this field.

Biophotonic Technologies for Point-of-Care-Testing – Innovations for health / LGT & DGLM (Wednesday, 28.06.2023, 10:00 – 12:00)

  • Prof. Jürgen, Popp, Leibniz-IPHT // JenaPhotonics®
  • Dr. Jens Hellwage // Leibniz-Gesundheitstechnologien und Forschungscampus InfectoGnostics


The Corona pandemic has made us strongly aware of the need for rapid and reliable and, in particular, near-patient diagnostics of infectious agents such as viruses and bacteria. The application of such biophotonic point-of-care tests (POCT), i.e. optical test methods that can be performed directly at the patient, extends to many other significant health fields, such as diabetes, asthma, COPD, cancer diagnostics, etc. In addition to POCT procedures that can be used in medical practices by trained personnel, POCT procedures that can be used in the home care sector, e.g. as wearables, are becoming increasingly important. This can make important contributions to prevention, i.e. the avoidance or early detection of diseases.

POC diagnostics with biophotonic methods is both a highly innovative field of research and a rapidly growing market. Scientific findings must be quickly translated into products. This requires early, close collaboration between the various disciplines and industry. Accordingly, this panel will bring together end users with researchers and technology developers in biophotonics and will therefore start with a presentation by a clinician to outline the medical needs. Speakers from research and industry will translate the medical requirements into technological needs and present solutions along the entire value chain.

Optics meets medical robotics (Wednesday, 28.06.2023, 15:00 – 17:00)

  • Dr. Mark Bischoff; Carl Zeiss AG
  • Dr. Ralf Brinkmann, Universität zu Lübeck und Medizinisches Laserzentrum Lübeck GmbH
  • Dr. Achim Lenenbach (Fraunhofer ILT)


Medical robotic systems have been established in various areas of medicine. They already support and facilitate diagnostics and therapy in orthopedics, ophthalmology, dermatology, endoscopic surgery, and stereotactic neurosurgery. These medical device systems often use special image acquisition units to acquire optical information, and some of them allow the integration of external data from an MRI or CT. Some of the approved medical device systems also use lasers for microsurgical applications. What all commercially successful medical robotic systems have in common is that they use the special technical capabilities of what we can generally call “robotics” to create relevant clinical benefit for patients. The contributions in this Application Forum will in particular present the implemented optical technologies in selected systems and present concepts for future innovations in this field.

Advancing Biotechnology through Innovation in Photonics (Thursday, 29.06.2023, 10:00 – 12:00)

  • Dr. Matthias Schulze, Coherent
  • Dr. Victor Matylitsky, High Q Laser GmbH - MKS Instruments, Inc.


Biotechnology is an ever increasing global focus. Whether driven by the emergence of new infectious diseases or by the demand for new therapies Photonics represents an enabling element in many new solutions and applications. This applies all the way from fundamental research to clinical applications, often supported by specific photonic innovations. Whether these are new laser sources or a new generation of miniaturized assemblies, together with progress in reagents their ultimate purpose is to help people enjoy a healthier and better life. An aging population is also driving the increased focus on neuroscience applications, where imaging is providing new insights in neural functionality.

The workshop highlights the synergistic interaction between the various stakeholders in innovation.

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