Pho­to­nics Days Jena 2022

2022 Oct 5 Wed

until Octo­ber, 6 2022 | all-day

With the »Pho­to­nics Days Jena«, the Fraun­ho­fer Insti­tute for App­lied Optics and Pre­cision Engi­nee­ring IOF and the Max Planck School of Pho­to­nics are once again invi­t­ing stu­dents and doc­to­ral can­di­da­tes to their inter­na­tio­nal career and net­wor­king event from Octo­ber 5 to 6, 2022. The regis­tra­tion dead­line is Sep­tem­ber 25. Par­ti­ci­pa­tion is free of charge and pos­si­ble both vir­tually and in pre­sence in Jena.

In order to pro­mote young talents and thus inno­va­tions in the fields of optics and pho­to­nics, the Fraun­ho­fer IOF tog­e­ther with the Gra­duate School Max Planck School of Pho­to­nics is orga­ni­zing the »Pho­to­nics Days Jena« again this year: an inter­na­tio­nal net­wor­king and career event for stu­dents and PhD students.

From Octo­ber 5 to 6, the orga­ni­zers invite you to net­work with an inter­na­tio­nal com­mu­nity and repre­sen­ta­ti­ves of renow­ned com­pa­nies at this hybrid event. In addi­tion to the pro­fes­sio­nal exchange, the focus will be on ori­en­ta­tion in career issues and the pro­vi­sion of valu­able con­ta­cts for one’s own pro­fes­sio­nal career. But the acqui­si­tion of sci­en­ti­fic skills is not neglec­ted either.

#explore: Dis­co­vering the future of optics and (quan­tum) photonics

Under the motto #explore, a varied pro­gram awaits par­ti­ci­pants on the first day of the event. In the lec­ture series »Photonics4Future«, rese­ar­chers will pre­sent various pho­to­nic mar­kets of the future. A spe­cial focus this year will be on quan­tum tech­no­lo­gies: lec­tures on highly secure quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­tion for digi­tal demo­cracy and on hard­ware deve­lo­p­ment for quan­tum com­pu­ters will offer par­ti­ci­pants insights into exci­ting future fields of pho­to­nics. The ques­tion of how the latest sen­sor tech­no­logy can improve the chan­ces of curing can­cer will also be exami­ned in a lec­ture. A makea­thon, mean­while, invi­tes par­ti­ci­pants to get crea­tive tog­e­ther and imple­ment a small tech project.

In her key­note lec­ture on »Minia­tu­riz­a­tion of optics – where does this jour­ney go?«, sci­en­tist and entre­pre­neur Dr. Ruth Hou­bertz will address the chal­len­ges of the con­stant minia­tu­riz­a­tion of optics, which at the same time must meet the hig­hest qua­lity stan­dards. The talk will high­light the limi­ta­ti­ons of exis­ting pro­ces­ses and pro­vide an over­view of pro­spects, app­li­ca­ti­ons and mar­kets for minia­tu­ri­zed optics.
Addres­sing optics for an ion trap of a quan­tum computer.

The pre­sen­ta­tion of the »App­lied Pho­to­nics Award«, the Fraun­ho­fer IOF’s young talent award for inno­va­tive the­ses, and an evening pro­gram for all pre­sence par­ti­ci­pants in Jena will round off the first day of the event in an atmo­s­phe­ric way.

#engage: Shaping your own career with strong partners

The second day of the event will again focus on indi­vi­dual career plan­ning and active net­wor­king. At the »Indus­try Bre­ak­fast«, atten­dees will have the oppor­tu­nity to make valu­able con­ta­cts with estab­lis­hed com­pa­nies from the optics and pho­to­nics indus­try. At a digi­tal career fair, they will also be able to hold dis­cus­sions with attrac­tive employ­ers throughout the day to find out about oppor­tu­nities for internships, final the­ses or spe­ci­fic job offers. The fair is orga­ni­zed in coope­ra­tion with OPTICA (form­erly: The Opti­cal Society).

In par­al­lel, vir­tual ses­si­ons will address career-rele­vant topics such as inter­cul­tu­ral com­pe­tence, as well as per­so­nal deve­lo­p­ment areas such as mind­ful­ness or sus­taina­bi­lity. In a panel dis­cus­sion, repre­sen­ta­ti­ves from indus­try and rese­arch will also debate equal oppor­tu­nities and diver­sity in science.
Stu­dents and doc­to­ral can­di­da­tes will lis­ten to a com­pany pre­sen­ta­tion during the breakfast.

Work­shops, for example on aca­de­mic wri­ting, pre­sen­ting one’s own rese­arch results, and the use of social media in sci­ence com­mu­ni­ca­tion, will fur­ther deepen the pro­gram and pur­sue the goal of fur­ther pro­mo­ting the sci­en­ti­fic excel­lence of young researchers.


The cur­rent pro­gram with fur­ther details can also be found at:
Pho­to­nics Days Jena 2022 pro­gram.

Free regis­tra­tion until Sep­tem­ber 25, 2022

Regis­tra­ti­ons for the hybrid »Pho­to­nics Days Jena« are open until Sep­tem­ber 25. Par­ti­ci­pa­tion is free of charge. Stu­dents and PhD stu­dents are eli­gi­ble to par­ti­ci­pate. The event lan­guage is Eng­lish. Fur­ther infor­ma­tion is avail­able at and ed.refohnuarf.foi@syad.scinotohp.

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Fraun­ho­fer IOF
Albert-Ein­stein-Str. 7
07745 Jena

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Fraun­ho­fer IOF
Katja Szafran­ski

+49 3641 807–806