Photonics is the technical mastery and exploitation of light. In contrast to electronics, the technical mastery and exploitation of electrons or the flow of electrical current, photonics encompasses the use of photons in optical technologies such as laser, digital image processing, optical measuring technology, optical data transmission and lighting technology. We all make use of them every day, for example by means of a smartphone camera with face recognition, energy efficient LED lamps, high-speed optical data transmission on the Internet and new types of flat-panel display screens. German companies are often amongst the market leaders in these fields of technology. 120,000 people work in the photonics sector in Germany, and the numbers continue to rise.
At the “Training and Research – Study Photonics” Technology Park, young people who are interested in modern technology will be presented with hands-on optical technology and opportunities for asking questions: five universities will present their course offerings with reference to the optical technologies. Fascinating exhibitions will offer insight into the discipline and current research, and will provide the opportunity of “sizing up” the professors. Graduates of these courses of study will furnish visitors with first-hand information regarding their daily work during a series of talks entitled “Graduates Report on Actual Practice”. During a trade fair tour with student guides, participants will have the opportunity of establishing contact with companies directly on-site.