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The Women in Photonics 2023 career workshop took place from November 26-30, 2023 and was a great success. Many thanks to all participants for these wonderful days in Jena with an interactive program, exciting lectures on cutting-edge topics, time for exchange and networking as well as guided tours in various laboratories of the Leibniz IPHT.

International Workshop on Career Opportunities

The workshop “Women in Photonics“ aims at connecting excellent female scientists at the beginning of their ­career with experts in photonics holding leading positions at research institutions and companies.

The focus of the workshop will be on:

  • Optical health technologies – diagnosis, monitoring, therapy
  • biomedical microscopy, bio-analytical methods, medical chip systems
  • Biophotonics such as vibrational spectroscopy, fluorescence, OCT, PAT, etc.

The workshop addresses female postdocs and PhD students working in these research areas, who want to ­present their own work and build up new networks. Participants will have the ­opportunity to exchange with experienced scientists from academia and industry and ­jointly develop strategies for a successful ­professional career.


Present and get feedback on your research

Learn about career opportunities in Photonics

Connect with companies and institutions

Extend your network

Discuss with experienced female scientists

Attend various career workshops

Register free of charge

Conference Chairs and Invited Speakers

Prof. Jürgen Popp

Conference Chair
Director of Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena, Germany

Prof. Jennifer Barton

Conference Chair & Speaker
SPIE President-Elect /
Director of the BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona, USA

Dr. Ulrike Fuchs

VP Strategy & Innovation / Asphericon GmbH, Jena, Germany

Maria Koller

Head of Global HR / Jenoptik AG, Jena, Germany

The workshop will provide an outstanding opportunity for female postdocs and PhD students to share their research plans and results, as well as to network with senior female scientists. 

This meeting is an opportunity to ask questions, learn presentation skills, discover career paths in optics, and have fun. 

I hope to see you there!

Prof. Jennifer Barton

Co-Chair of Women in Photonics 2023 / SPIE President-Elect / Director of the BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona, USA

Registration & Abstract Submission

The registration and abstract submission deadline was August 31, 2023, and the online registration is now closed.

We have received numerous very interesting submissions – thank you very much!

Travel Grants

A limited number of travel grants is available.

After the registration all abstracts will be reviewed and authors will receive more information on the results and traval grant information in time.

Conferencing provides a great a forum to interact with leaders in the field and the start as well as building of your network both of which are key to being successful in both the academic as well as commercialization the world.

Prof. Anita Mahadevan-Jansen

Vanderbilt University and Immediate Past President of SPIE on why young researchers should participate in the “Women in Photonics” workshop


I am very convinced that the young scientists who took part in the event will use the experience from this event in their own professional life and I am sure they learned a lot both for their professional and personal life.

Prof. Katarina Svanberg

Lund University and Former President of SPIE.

Exhibitors & Supporters

Are you interested in presenting your institute, company, network, etc. on site? Then please contact for more information.

We thank all sponsors and supporters for their crucial support to realize this workshop!

Premium Sponsors

Main Sponsors


Conference Organizer and Venue

Leibniz Institut of Photonic Technology

At the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz IPHT) in Jena, scientists use light to find solutions to questions and urgent problems in the fields of health, environment, medicine and safety. Under the motto “Photonics for Life”, they research light-based technologies that make our lives safer, healthier and cleaner. Especially in the field of optical health technologies, Leibniz IPHT, in cooperation with partners from research and industry, is specifically promoting translation: the transfer of research results into applicable solutions – from Ideas to Instruments.

Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology
Albert-Einstein-Str. 9
07745 Jena | Germany

The workshop was a wonderful example of industries, universities and disciplinary societies working together to support underrepresented groups. The opportunity for these women to connect with each other, and share their biophotonics expertise was invaluable.

Prof. Ursula Gibson

Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Former President of OSA on “Women in Photonics 2018”

Travel Information


Jena has three train stations: “Jena Paradies” is the main station in the city center. Furthermore, there are “Jena Saalbahnhof” and “Jena Westbahnhof”. Both are about 1.5 km away from the city center.
For train connections please use the page of Deutsche Bahn:

You can purchase tickets at the train station on the day of your travel and do not necessarily have to make a reservation in advance. There are also ticket machines with language menus at every major train station.


The closest airport is in Leipzig-Halle (70 km away from Jena). Larger airports are located in Berlin and Frankfurt (300 km away from Jena). Other major airports are Munich and Düsseldorf (400 kms away from Jena).


Jena can also be reached by long-distance busses from Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg. For timetables and tickets please visit:


Jena is located in the center of Germany and can be reached from Berlin via the A9, from Frankfurt and Düsseldorf via the A4, from Munich and Nuremburg via the A9. The federal highways B7 and B88 go through Jena.

Public Transportation in Jena

Tickets can be purchased in every bus or tram or via the FAIRTIQ-App (App Store or Google Play Store). The price of a single tickets is 2,50 € and entitles you to travel with any number of changes towards your destination. They are valid for a maximum of one hour. There are ticket machines at most stops and tickets are also availabe in a shop of the public transport in “Holzmarktpassage” (Holzmarkt 1, 07743 Jena).


For participants who received a travel grant, a hotel room was organized for the duration of the workshop. All others will find recommendations for hotel accommodation below.


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