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International Workshop on Career Opportunities

Photonics is a strongly growing sector of the economy and a major research area in Europe. In Thuringia and in particular in Jena, the scientific and industrial location is shaped by universities, research institutes and companies in the field of optics and photonics. While the number of young, well-trained female graduates is high, women who hold a leading position in academia and high-tech industry are still underrepresented.

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 this year’s workshop will be on:

  • Biophotonics such as vibrational spectroscopy, fluorescence, OCT, PAT, etc.
  • Photonic data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence

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.

The event is free of charge after registration.

Sponsoring Opportunities

Are you interested in presenting your institute, company, network, etc. at the workshop? Then please contact marc.skupch(at) for more information. There are numerous ways you can participate in the event.

Your Advantages

Present and get feedback on your research

Learn about career opportunities in Photonics

Connect with companies and institutions

Enhance your network

Discuss with experienced female scientists

Attend various career workshops

No Participation Fee


Conference Chairs

Prof Csilla Gergely

Université Montpellier II
Montpellier | France

Prof Laura Marcu

University of California
Davis | USA


Prof Juergen Popp

Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology
Jena | Germany

Registration & Abstract Submission

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 on “Women in Photonics 2018”

Conference Organizer

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

Invited Talks

Preliminary Program

The program may still be subject to change. You can download the most recent version here:

Sunday, May 22nd Welcome Reception
6 pm - 10 pm Registration, Dinner & Get-Together
Monday, May 23rd Science Day @ Leibniz IPHT
8:30 am - 9 am Welcome Note // Csilla, Gergely, Laura Marcu, Juergen Popp
9 am - 10 am Career Report I // Prof. Csilla Gergely, University of Montpellier
10 am - 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 12 pm Scientific Talks // Session A
12 pm - 1 pm Lunch Break
1 pm - 2 pm Invited Talk // tba
2 pm - 3 pm Scientific Talks // Session B
3 pm - 3:30 pm Coffee Break
3:30 pm - 5 pm Scientific Talks // Session C
Tuesday, May 24th Career Day @ Leibniz IPHT
8:45 am - 9 am Welcome and Introduction
9 am - 10 am Career Report II // tba
10 am - 10:15 am Coffee Break
10:15 am - 11 am Career Opportunities in Academia
11 am - 12 pm Networking, One-on-One Sessions & Coffee Break
12 pm - 1 pm Career Opportunities Session in Industry
1 pm - 3 pm Networking, One-on-One Sessions & Lunch Break
2 pm - 5 pm IPHT Lab Tours
7 pm - 11 pm Networking Party
Wednesday, May 25th Workshop Day @ Normannenhaus
8:45 am - 9 am Welcome & Introduction
9 am - 10 am Career Report III // Prof. Laura Marcu, UC Davis
10 am - 10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Career Workshop Morning Session
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch Break
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Career Workshop Afternoon Session
3:30 pm - 4 pm Wrap Up & Farewell // Csilla Gergely, Laura Marcu, Juergen Popp
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”


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 President-Elect of SPIE on why young researchers should participate in the “Women in Photonics” workshop

Travel Information


The major train connections with Deutsche Bahn to Jena are:

  • Berlin – Jena (direct connection; travel time appr. 2,5 hours)
  • Düsseldorf – Jena (change trains in Frankfurt and Erfurt or Weimar; travel time appr. 5 hours)
  • Frankfurt – Jena (change train in Erfurt or Weimar; travel time appr. 3 hours)
  • Leipzig – Jena (IC direct connection; duration appr. 1 hour or change trains in Naumburg; duration appr. 1,5 hours)
  • Munich – Jena (direct train; duration appr. 4 hours)
  • Hamburg – Jena (direct train; duration appr. 4 hours)

For timetables and tickets please visit:

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.


The closest airport is in Leipzig-Halle (70 km away from Jena). Bigger 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 can be reached

  • from Berlin via the A9
  • from Frankfurt and Düsseldorf via the A4
  • from Munich and Nuremburg via the A9
  • in addition the federal highways B7 and B88 go through Jena.

Public Transportation in Jena

  • Tickets can be purchased in every bus or tram.
  • Single tickets: 2,10 €
  • Single tickets entitle you to travel with any number of changes towards your destination. They are valid for a maximum of one hour.

Women in Photonics 2018 – A Review


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