LASER World of PHOTONICS Postponed to April 2022

Posted Feb 18, 2021

Messe München, in close co-ordination with the industry partners and advisory boards, has decided to postpone the LASER World of PHOTONICS to April 26-29, 2022. Meanwhile, 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 the event 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 are so highly valued by the industry.

Dr Reinhard Pfeiffer, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Messe München said that with the new date, they can offer their customers planning certainty in a timely manner. He further added that with this postponement of the trade fair event, they are creating the basis for a successful in-person international trade fair and following the wishes of their 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. Dr Wilhelm Kaenders, Chairman of the Exhibitor Advisory Board of LASER World of PHOTONICS and Member of the Board of TOPTICA Photonics AG said that they 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.

World of Photonics Congress in a Digital Format

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 Photonics 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.

“LASER World of PHOTONICS Talk” Webinar Series Starts in March

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 AM CET and will be streamed live. 

Click here to participate via the LASER World of PHOTONICS website, free of charge.