EPIC Meeting on Specialty Optical Fiber at GLOphotonics

21-22 February 2019

Limoges, France

Hosted by: GLOphotonics


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Optical fibre changed the world with millions of kilometres of telecommunication fibre that have spanned the world and ultimately transformed the means by which we communicate. But beyond telecommunications, optical fibres are making a big impact in other fields such as structural health monitoring, bio-medical laser delivery systems, military gyrosensors, automotive lighting and control, oil-well down-hole pressure sensing, intra-aortic catheters, high power lasers, micro-gravity, etc.

The requirements imposed by these non-telecom applications have resulted of a new subset of custom-tailored optical fibres commonly known as “specialty fibres” which have their material and structure properties modified to render them with new properties and characteristics

The manufacturing, application fields, as well as connectors to operate under the desired environments will be discussed on the following “specialty fibre” related-technologies. Advances and new developments in specialty fibres:

  • Multi-core fibres
  • Photonic crystal fibres, Microstructured fibres
  • Fibre lasers
  • Non-silica fibres
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Special fibre components and applications
  • Fibres sensors
  • Industrial applications


21 February 2019 Thursday

11:30 Shared taxis from Mercure Limoges Royal Limousin Hotel to ESTER Technopole. Please gather in the lobby.

12:00 – 13:00 Registration & Lunch @ ESTER Technopole
13:00 – 13:05 Welcoming words by Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium
13:05 – 13:15 Welcoming words by Jérôme Alibert, CEO, GLOphotonics (FRANCE)

13:15 – 13:45 KEYNOTE: Hollow-Core PCF a multi-sector and enabling technology
Fetah Benabid, Founder and NE-CSTO, GLOphotonics (FRANCE)

SESSION 1: Setting up the scene 
13:45 – 14:15 KEYNOTE: Instrument multiplexing using fiber optical switches with large core fibers 
Lars Leininger, Market Intelligence Manager, Leoni Fiber Optics (GERMANY)
14:15 – 14:45 KEYNOTE: Optical fiber and cable optimized for distributed sensing
Gudmund Knudsen, SVP New Business Development, OFS (DENMARK)

14:45 – 15:30 Coffee break

SESSION 2: Specialty fibers for fiber sensing 
15:30 – 16:00 KEYNOTENerves made out of glass – a fiber optical cyber glove
Martin Angelmahr, Deputy Head of Fiber Optical Sensor Systems, Fraunhofer HHI (GERMANY)
16:00 – 16:15 Next generation distributing sensing with Brillouin optical time-domain analysis (BOTDA)
Diego Marini, Postdoctoral researcher, National Research Council of Italy, Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems, project Pulse (ITALY)
16:15 – 16:30 Specialty optical fibers for biomedicine and remote sensing
Davide Janner, Professor, Politecnico di Torino (ITALY)
16:30 – 16:45 Fiber sensing solutions with draw tower gratings
George Sagias, Account Manager, FBGS (BELGIUM)
16:45 – 17:00 Specialty fibers for harsh environments
Benoit Cadier, General Manager, iXblue Photonics (FRANCE)

17:00 – 17:15 Closing remarks and discussion
Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium
17:30 – 18:15 Networking reception @ ESTER Technopole
18:30 Bus transfer from ESTER Technopole to the restaurant Philippe Redon
19:00– 22:30 Dinner @ Philippe Redon

22 February 2019 Friday

08:00 Transfer from Mercure Limoges Royal Limousin Hotel to ESTER Technopole
08:30 – 09:00 Morning coffee @ ESTER Technopole
09:00 – 09:15 Recap by Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium

SESSION 3: Specialty fiber for laser and harsh environments applications
09:15 – 09:45 KEYNOTE: Advances in passive and active fibers for high power fiber lasers
Rene Engel, Sr. Manager, Coherent (DENMARK)
09:45 – 10:00 Tapered fiber amplifiers for high power applications
Regina Gumenyuk, Researcher, Nanophotonics Group, Laboratory of Photonics, Tampere University (FINLAND)
10:00 – 10:15 The unmet needs of specialty fibers for the fiber laser market
Alain Mugnier, R&D Senior Engineer, Lumibird (FRANCE)
10:15 – 10:30 Photonic crystal fiber-based components for high power industrial fs laser applications
Johan Boullet, Laser Business Unit Manager, ALPhANOV (FRANCE)
10:30 – 10:45 From UV to NIR, a specialty fiber for every application
Juha Kauppinen, Sales Director, Oplatek Group (FINLAND)

10:45 – 11:30 Coffee break

SESSION 4: Next generation specialty fibers: customized solutions for datacom and other applications
11:30 – 12:00 KEYNOTE: Small diameter fibers for datacom applications
Scott Bickham, Development Fellow, Corning (USA)
12:00 – 12:15 Tiny optical fibers for specialty applications 
Asa Claesson, Section Manager, Fiber Optics, RISE Acreo (SWEDEN)
12:15 – 12:30 Specialty fibers for extreme environments
Amandine Debloudts, Marketing & Communications Manager, SEDI-ATI (FRANCE)
12:30 – 12:45 Challenges in preparation of microstructured fibers for spectroscopic applications 
Jens Kobelke, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (GERMANY)

12:55 – 14:00 Lunch @ ESTER Technopole
14:00 – 14:30 Bus transfer from ESTER Technopole to GLOphotonics
14:30 – 15:45 Company visit @ GLOphotonics
15:45 – 16:15 Bus transfer from GLOphotonics to LEUKOS
16:30 – 17:45 Company visit @ LEUKOS (optional)
18:00 END


The meeting on both 21 and 22 February will be held at ESTER Technopole (1 avenue d’Ester, 87000 Limoges), Hermès room (upstairs).


The dinner place for 21 February – restaurant Philippe Redon (14 rue Adrien Dubouché, Limoges, France 87000).

The companies visits on 22 February  will be held at  GLOphotonics (Faculty of Science and Techniques, Building L, 123 av. Albert Thomas, 87060, Limoges) & LEUKOS (37 rue Henri Giffard Z.I. Nord, 87280, Limoges).


Unfortunately, there are no rooms available at the main recommended hotel Mercure Limoges Royal Limousin Hotel (Place de la République, BP280, 87007, Limoges, CEDEX 1). Bus transfers will be organised to / from this hotel only.

We kindly recommend you to book the alternative hotel ibis Limoges Centre (6 Boulevard Victor Hugo, 87000, Limoges), which is located within 3 min. walking distance from the conference dinner venue and 6 min. walking distance from the main hotel Mercure Limoges Royal Limousin.



EPIC members and invited companies: 250 EUR (excluding VAT);  non-members: 450 EUR (excluding VAT). By filling in the registration form below you agree your email to be used to keep you updated about the event. We will also share the registered participants list with the other participants or interested parties (except emails).

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EPIC Events Manager Neringa Norbutaite: neringa.norbutaite@epic-assoc.com, +370 624 389 91.

Onsite contacts:
EPIC CTO Jose Pozo: +31 6 26 978312.
EPIC Events Support Jasmine Vlietinck: +32 4 97230979.