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World Technology Mapping Forum 2, Enschede, Netherlands

date: June 20 2018 - June 22 2018     |     comments

Call for Participation in WTMF 2018

PhotonDelta and the AIM Photonics Academy of Boston are pleased to invite leading industry specialists and researchers from around the world for the second meeting of the World Technology Mapping Forum. The goal is to discuss the first version of International Photonic Systems Roadmap, looking ahead to global technology needs in 2030 and beyond.

The three-day highly technical gathering will be held from June 20-22nd 2018 in the Horst conference centre on the campus of the University of Twente in Enschede. This is the heart of the Netherlands optics sector. Organisation of the forum is possible thanks to the generous supported by the Netherlands Province of Overijssel.

Registration opens on February 1st 2018

Please note that registration for the forum is by invitation only. Participation in the WTMF is free but travel to the venue and accommodation costs are at your own expense. If you participated in 2017 you will automatically get an invitation at the start of February 2018. If you did not attend, but would like to contribute to this technical planning meeting, please get in touch with  Karin Appeldoorn, who is the Office Manager at PhotonDelta. Mention that you saw this announcement on the page on the PhotonDelta website. Request an invitation by stating your name, company/institutional affliation and state the photonics expertise that you wish to contribute to the meeting. We suggest signing up for the free WTMF Newsletter to stay informed of developments.

A list of recommended hotels (with special discount codes) will be sent to those who have registered.

Travel to the venue

Dutch Railways offers a regular direct connection to Enschede Central Station from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Travel time by Intercity rail service is just over two hours. You can also travel by train from nearby the airports of Munster or Dortmund in Germany, but note that there is no direct rail connection. Travel time is roughly between 2 – 3 hrs each way depending on the choice of airport.


What is the biggest barrier to technology change? Is that the technology itself or is it us? We think it's us. You're taking a risk both at your corporation level and at your personal level to implement a new technology. There's no guarantee that you're going to succeed and you have to really be a risk taker to engage in that. There's a general acceptance of the incumbent solution. Copper works and copper is easy to connect. Although we know it isn't going to scale into the future but we're going to keep doing that because it's easier and we know that it works. And then lastly cost and standardization. If we can't get the cost down as we move from the board to the package with photonics we're never going to be able to afford to build those components.

Lionel Kimerling, AIM Photonics Academy.



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