Photonics Manager Compact

In this advanced training, managers can acquire the latest knowledge and trends in the most important areas of photonics directly from international research in a compact form. 

Together with lecturers from the “Abbe-Center of Photonics” of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, renowned scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute IOF offer their know-how in areas such as laser technologies, optical measuring systems, optical quantum technologies and optical design. Innovative techniques as well as their applications and trends will be taught and complemented with management methods. 

Type of event
June 12-16, 2023 5 days (partly bookable separately)
2950,- Euro (complete 5-day program, including 4 evening events) , booking deadline: 13.05.2023 2800,- Euro Early bird ticket (until March 30, 2023)
Event location
At Fraunhofer IOF in Jena
Number of participants
The maximum number of participants for the entire Photonics Manager Compact program is 15. The maximum number of participants of the technical part Future of Photonics is 26.
“Fraunhofer Certificate PHOTONICS MANAGER COMPACT” from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF

The advanced training is aimed at:

  • Emerging leaders as well as executives (CEO, CTO, department heads, etc.), who actively tackle the challenges of the transforming photonics industry and photonics innovations in their companies
  • Managers for innovation, strategy, IT, HR or product development within the photonics industry, who want to get a comprehensive overview of the current landscape and trends in photonics.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF offers a unique, professional development program that provides you with a broad overview of the latest developments and prospects in photonics for your business. The English-language 5-day “Photonics Manager Compact” program – which can also be booked in separate packages – assists you in mastering the current challenges in the photonics industry and in comprehending, instructing, and executing processes and methods for a long-term increase in effectiveness.

The program covers the key topics from current challenges in the photonics market. It consists of two different module complexes: “Future of Photonics” and “Future of Leadership in Photonics”.


Future of Photonics (3 days)

New technologies alter traditional business models regardless of the industry. Knowing these technologies and their business implications are fundamental for optimizing relevant process chains. Learn about the latest trends and developments in photonics from the experts at Fraunhofer IOF and the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. 

The “Future of Photonics” module consists of the following parts: 

  • Perspectives of Laser Technology
  • Next Generation Optical Systems
  • Quantum Technology, Micro Optics & Coatings


Future of Leadership in Photonics (2 days)

Leadership forms the backbone of an organization. In order to maneuver successfully in rapidly changing and complex environments, a systematic view is needed. Experience the human-centered approaches and positive mindset of appreciative leadership and appreciative organizational development while taking into account the special characteristics of the photonics industry.

The “Future of Leadership Photonics” module consists of the following two parts: 

  • Appreciative Leadership 
  • Appreciative Organizational Development

Laboratory tours and evening events with guest speakers complement the technical teaching units.


Within one week, participants will be provided with appropriate program content that deals with the different areas of photonics: The program content is rounded off with appropriate laboratory visits and evening guest lectures and evening events.


Future of Photonics*

Day 1: Perspectives of Laser Technology

  •         Welcome @ Photonics-Center and Introduction
  •         Trends in laser and fiber technology
  •         Application perspectives and trends in ultrashort pulse lasers 
  •         Laboratory tour
  •         High-power coherent sources of extreme ultraviolet radiation and their application in imaging and metrology
  •         Evening Dinner


Day 2: Next Generation Optical Systems

  •         Design strategies for free-form optical components - fundamentals and trends 
  •         Design strategies for free-form optical components - Applications 
  •         Overview and trends of optical measuring techniques and systems
  •         Laboratory tour
  •         Opportunities, challenges and new directions for the integration of complex optical systems
  •         Guided city tour


Day 3: Quantum Technology, Micro Optics & Coatings

  •         Quantum imaging - fundamentals and trends
  •         Fundamentals and applications of quantum communications
  •         Novel avenues in micro structured optical components – from consumer market to space applications
  •         Laboratory tour
  •         Functional surfaces and coatings - Overview and trends
  •         Evening event with a guest speaker


Future of Leadership in Photonics*

Day 4: Appreciative leadership

  •         Principles and foundations 
  •         Effectiveness of leadership 
  •         Application of new concepts in practice 
  •         Evening Dinner


Day 5: Appreciative organizational development

  •         Principles and foundations of Appreciative Inquiry 
  •         Brave New Work
  •         Organizational learning


* also separately bookable


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The professional development program to become a “Photonics Manager Compact” offers you the following benefits:

  • Acquire up-to-date knowledge about innovative methods and processes at various points of the photonics process chain: from macro and micro optics to nano and quantum optics
  • Discover processes and methods in the field of photonics to increase efficiency 
  • Familiarize yourself with solutions from various industries and receive suggestions for your innovation processes
  • Benefit from identifying trends for the next 3 to 5 years 
  • Gain the opportunity for a close exchange among executives of the photonics industry

Course dates

Date: June 12-16, 2023 

Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF
Albert-Einstein-Strasse 7
07745 Jena 


2950,- Euro


Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF

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