Munich, May 5, 2011 - LASER World of PHOTONICS 2011 has lined up an impressive roster of events and opportunities for technical exchange. These events include practical talks presented during the World of Photonics Congress, the CEO Round Table, the announcement of a new program encouraging research by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and the presentation of the Herbert Walther Award recognizing distinguished contributions in quantum optics and atomic physics as well as leadership in the international scientific community.

Distinguished speakers open the trade fair

The trade fair and Congress will be officially opened on May 23 in the Munich International Congress Centre (ICM). The opening ceremony speakers will be Norbert Bargmann, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Management of Messe München GmbH, State Secretary Dr. Georg Schütte from the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, and Prof. Dr. Peter Loosen, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the World of Photonics Congress.

The plenary talk will be given by Prof. Dr. Günter Huber from the Institute for Laser Physics of Hamburg University. A tour of the trade fair will then take place with State Secretary Georg Schütte and representatives of "photonik 2020".

CEO Round Table

The CEO Round Table will be held on May 24 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am in Hall B2. Four photonics industry execs will discuss their strategies relating to the topic "The response by optical technologies to social mega-trends - energy, health, infrastructure and security". The panelists will be Dr. John R. Ambroseo, President and CEO of Coherent, David Marks, CEO of Qioptiq, Stuart Schoenmann, CEO of CVI Melles Griot and Dr. Ulrich Simon, President and CEO of Carl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH. There is no charge for trade fair attendees, and the discussion will be held in English.

Practical application panels during the Congress

The World of Photonics Congress will host 13 application panels during the "Photonics Forums" in exhibition halls B1, B2 and C2. The application panels are intended to facilitate the exchange of practical knowledge between researchers and users. There is no charge for trade fair attendees. The talks will be divided into three areas:

Photonics Forum in Hall B1: Biophotonics and Life Sciences

• Lasers for analysis and imaging in biophotonics (Tuesday, May 24 10:00 am - 12:30 pm)

• Biophotonics & Life Sciences, Laser diagnostics and therapy in medicine (Tuesday, May 24 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

• Visions for future diagnostics - Oncology (Wednesday, May 25 10:00 am - 12:30 pm)

• Visions for future diagnostics - Infectious diseases (Thursday, May 26, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm)

Photonics Forum in Hall B2: Optical Technologies

• Beam shaping and delivery: components between the workpiece and laser source (Monday, May 23, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm)

• New developments in the field of solid-state lasers (Tuesday, May 24, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm)

• Solid-state light sources (Wednesday, May 25, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm)

• Aspects of modern optical equipment for soldiers (Wednesday, May 25, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm)

Photonics Forum in Hall C2: Lasers and Laser Systems for Production Engineering

• Energy & Lightweight Construction: Laser Enables Productivity & Quality (Monday, May 23, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

• Photovoltaics and lasers (Tuesday, May 24, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm)

• Latest laser applications in the automotive industry (Tuesday, May 24, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm)

• Microtechnical applications of lasers in electronics (Wednesday, May 25, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm)

• Advanced applications of high-brilliance and short-pulse laser systems (Wednesday, May 25, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm)

In addition to the mentioned application panels, exhibitor presentations and podium discussions will be held in the Forums.

Presentation by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research

The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) will present the new program "Photonics 2020" during the Photonics Forum on Stand 421 in Hall B2 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on May 23. The title of the presentation is "Innovation. Future Markets: Germany - The German strategy in the global race concerning photonics".

The participants will be State Secretary Dr. Georg Schütte from the BMBF, Dr.-Ing. E.h. Peter Leibinger, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Management of TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG and Chairman of the Laser Technology/Electronics Division, Prof. Dr. Andreas Tünnermann, Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Mechanics (IOF), and Director of the Institute for Applied Physics of Friedrich Schiller University, Dr.-Ing. Michael Mertin, Chairman of the Board of Management of JENOPTIK AG, Martin Goetzeler, Member of the Board of Management of OSRAM GmbH, Prof. Bruno O. Braun, President of the Association of German Engineers (VDI), Member of "Innovation Dialogue between the German Federal Government, Industry and Science", and Dr. Thomas M. Baer, Past President of the Optical Society of America (2009), Executive Director Stanford Photonics Research Center.

The event is being organised by the VDI Technology Centre. The sponsor is the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster "Green Photonics"

The opening event of the Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster "Green Photonics" will take place on May 24 in Hall B2 from 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm. The Cluster aggregates industry, science, the German Government and the Free State of Thuringia with the objective of developing new markets in promising photonics industry areas, thus creating a foundation for sustainable growth in Germany as a location for industrial production.

The welcoming remarks will be given by Dr. Alfred Gossner, Member of the Executive Board of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, State Secretary Jochen Staschewski, Thuringian Ministry of Economics, Employment and Technology, and Dr. Frank Schlie-Roosen, Head of the Photonics and Optical Technologies Department in the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research. Prof. Dr. Andreas Tünnermann, Green Photonics Coordinator and Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Mechanics (IOF) will give a talk entitled "Green Photonics - Solutions for the future with light". Dipl.-Ing. Martin Bitzer, Chairman of the Executive Board of OptoNet e. V. and Managing Director of Fresnel Optics GmbH will talk about "Networking in the region".

Event series "Light Insights"

"Light Insights" will feature numerous events relating to the economic and political aspects of the photonics industry.

• The "Analysts' Conference", which is being organized by the German Industrial Association for Optical, Medical and Mechatronic Technologies (SPECTARIS) and the German Stock Exchange, will be held on May 24 from 09:30 am to 4:45 pm in Conference Room B32. Companies listed on the stock exchange will present themselves at this event to analysts, banks and media.

• Optical technologies offer different occupational opportunities and need young professionals. Together with the entire industry, Messe München has now been involved for many years in young professional initiatives in optical technologies from primary school through university studies. Messe München will jointly present with bayern photonics, OptecNet Deutschland and the VDI Technology Centre, as the project sponsor of the BMBF, the "Innovation League", which will take place at the West Entrance. This project will feature joint projects of companies and research institutes involved in optical technologies with schools. The "Innovation League" program will be supplemented by guided tours for senior school students.

• The European initiative "Photonics 21" will present the "3rd Photonics 21 Student Innovation Award" on May 25 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm during the EOS & Photonics 21 Student Reception.

• The initiative "Photonics 21" will also present the conclusions from the "Photonics Leverage Study" commissioned by the European Commission from 11:20 am to 12:00 pm on May 26, 2011 during the Forum in Hall B2. The objective of this Study was to examine the importance of photonics for Europe.