The Optical Society’s (OSA) mission is to promote the generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide. The purposes of the Society are scientific, technical and educational. OSA’s commitment to excellence and long-term learning is the driving force behind all its initiatives.
ICFO is a young research institution that aims to advance the very limits of knowledge in Photonics, namely the science and technology of harnessing Light. Light, especially laser light, is one of the major enabling technologies currently available to humankind. Our research thrusts target the global forefront of photonics, and aim to tackle important challenges faced by society at large. We focus on current and future problems in Health, Energy, Information, Safety, Security and caring for the Environment.
ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. ZEISS conducts its business in four segments – Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology, Consumer Markets and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology – aligned with growth fields of the future such as digitalization, healthcare and Smart Production.
With approximately 30,000 employees, ZEISS operates in almost 50 countries around the world, with around 60 of its own sales and service companies, more than 30 production facilities and some 25 development sites.


The object of the Society is and shall be to contribute to and promote the advancement of physics, in Europe and in neighbouring countries, by all suitable means and in particular by providing a forum for the discussion of subjects of common interest and by providing means whereby action can be taken on those matters which appear desirable to handle on the international level.


Edmund Optics® (EO) is a leading supplier of optics, imaging products and optical components. The company designs and manufactures a wide array of prisms, lenses, filters, coatings, imaging lenses, imaging systems, opto-mechanical equipment and much more. With a portfolio of over 31.200 products, EO has the world’s largest inventory of optical components for immediate delivery and offers products, standard or customized, small quantities or large volume, for various industries. With its headquarters in the US, EO holds manufacturing sites in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Edmund Optics offers excellent service along the entire value chain – from design to prototype to volume production. The FUTURE DEPENDS on OPTICS and EO is ready to support our customers on that journey.
MPD is a dynamic production and engineering company based in Bolzano, founded in 2004 as a spin-off of Microgate Srl, the world leader in designing and fabricating the control electronics for the adaptive secondary mirrors of large telescopes (LBT, VLT, GMT, E-ELT). The new company was founded with the goal of leading the forefront research activities in single photon counting and picosecond timing of single photons and for transferring this expertise to industrial production and to every laboratory in academy requiring advanced optical detectors. MPD currently produces and commercializes advanced single-photon counting modules with photon-timing capability and overall performance and features unmatched by any other industrial competitor worldwide. Silicon SPADs developed both in custom technology and in CMOS compatible technology make it possible to conjugate high detector performance with miniaturization, low power and development of integrated systems. SPADs in compound semiconductors extend photon counting applications to the near infrared spectral range up to the optical fiber wavelengths. MPD products are widely employed with success by its many customers experimenting or designing cutting-edge technologies and applications in many fields like the Biomedical or the Quantum Communication ones. Visit www.micro-photon-devices.com for more information on current product portfolio.
LASEROPTIK is a manufacturer of high power laser optics and coatings for laser applications in medicine, industry and research. We specialize in advanced coatings from UV – IR, including chirped mirrors, large optics and highest LIDT.
Quside designs and manufactures innovative quantum components for all connected devices. Using our proprietary quantum random number generator, we enhance encryption security across any device.

ID Quantique (IDQ) is the world leader in quantum technologies with applications in the field of sensing and security. IDQ develops and commercializes cryptographic solutions, designed to protect data for the long-term future against threats such as quantum computing. IDQ is also a leading provider of optical instrumentation products, most notably photon counters and related electronics. The company’s innovative photonic solutions are used in both commercial and research applications.


The Spanish Optical Society (Sociedad Española de Óptica) works towards the development of the field of Optics in Spain focusing, more particularly, in the growth of both the fundamental research and the industrial applications of its different branches.
Thorlabs, a vertically integrated photonics products manufacturer, was founded in 1989 to serve the laser and electro-optics research market. As that market has spawned a multitude of technical innovations, Thorlabs has extended its core competencies in an effort to play an ever increasing role serving the Photonics Industry at the research end, as well as the industrial, life science, medical, and defense segments. The organization’s highly integrated and diverse manufacturing assets include semiconductor fabrication of laser diodes, optical amplifiers, lithium niobate modulators, quantum cascade/interband cascade lasers, and VCSEL lasers; fiber towers for drawing both silica and fluoride glass optical fibers; MBE/MOCVD epitaxial wafer growth reactors; extensive glass and metal fabrication facilities; advanced thin film deposition capabilities; and optomechanical and optoelectronic shops.