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OPD2023 gathered over 300 photonics experts to Joensuu, Finland

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Optics & Photonics Days 2023 took place in Joensuu between 30th of May and 1st of June. Over three hundred registered conference participants, of which 25% came from abroad, attended the diverse academic and industrial program.

OPD2023 in numbers

  • Total 317 participants
    • 182 from industry
    • 135 from research organisations
  • 88 abstract submissions
  • Main participating countries: Finland, Sweden, France, Germany, Lithuania, Japan, Austria, and Switzerland

The high-quality academic and industrial program of Optics & Photonics Days 2023, along with the sold-out industrial exhibition and several side events, attracted around four hundred visitors in total. The industrial exhibition also opened its doors to the general public on Thursday and drew around fifty city residents interested in photonics.

At the exhibitors’ booths, visitors had the opportunity to try out augmented reality smart glasses developed by Dispelix Oy from and Microsoft’s Hololens2 mixed reality glasses. Next-generation smart glasses are utilized in various fields, including education, healthcare, and industry, to improve user accuracy and productivity.

In addition to comprehensive expert presentations, the event featured a comprehensive side program. The side event held at the Photonics Center showcased the Active Alignment service, which can be utilized, for example, by camera manufacturers in prototype manufacturing. The flagship photonics event of PREIN, funded by the Academy of Finland, discussed the significance of research and industry collaboration.

In a traditionally male-dominated field, the need for female expertise was also emphasized, and the Women in Photonics event featured insights from women in leadership and expert positions at three significant publicly traded companies: Microsoft, Vaisala, and Modulight. Furthermore, on Thursday, a recruitment event was organized alongside the industrial exhibition to facilitate connections between professionals and companies.

Photonics4Industry ClusterXchange visits hosted by Photonics Finland took place on Friday 2nd June during OPD2023

ClusterXchange gathered 20 participants from abroad to join the exclusive dinner and company visits organized by P4I project partner Photonics Finland. Visits focused to photonics companies in Joensuu area and participants had a great opportunity to get new networks to companies Nanocomp, Photonics Center, Chipmetrics and Dispelix.