EPIC Meeting on Environmental Monitoring at Avantes

15-16 November 2018

Apeldoorn, the Netherlands

Hosted at Avantes


This meeting focuses on the use of analytical optical methods for the investigation of environmental questions, in application domains such as air pollution and waste monitoring.

The purpose is to bring the supply chains of broadband spectroscopy, hyperspectral imaging, LIBS, and time-gated luminescence flow cytometry, together with the users in different application fields. These supply chains include: (1) component manufacturers, such as optical elements, fiber sensors, lasers (QCLs, DBFs, supercontinuum, VCSELs, etc.), detectors, etc.; (2) spectrometer and sensor manufacturers; (3) system integrators and (4) final users.


Thursday 15 November 2018

12:00 – 13:00 Registration & Lunch @Avantes
13:00 – 13:10 Opening words –  Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium
13:10 – 13:50 KEYNOTE: Spectroscopy Applications for Environmental Sensing – Benno Oderkerk, CEO, Avantes (THE NETHERLANDS)

SESSION 1: Setting up the Scene

13:50 – 14:05 The EPIC supply chain on environmental monitoring – Ana Gonzalez, R&D Manager, EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium (SPAIN)
14:05 – 14:20 Quality v. price – specifying optical filters for environmental monitoring – Graeme Robb, General Manager UK, SPECTROGON (UNITED KINGDOM)
14:20 – 14:35 Seeing the invisible: imaging beyond silicon with graphene based (CMOS) integrated photodetectors –Stijn Goossens, Project Leader, ICFO (SPAIN)
14:35 – 14:50 Supercontinuum lasers visible to Mid-IR for environmental monitoring –Karine Weck, Director of Sales, Leukos (FRANCE)

14:50 – 15:35 Networking Break

SESSION 2: Mid Infrared Sensors

15:35 – 15:50 MIRPHAB: the European pilot line for optical chemical sensing – Jean-Marc Fedeli, Project Leader, CEA-LETI (FRANCE)
15:50 – 16:05 From spectra to operational results: complete solutions for waste management and environmental process monitoring – Elina Machefer, VP Sales & Marketing, GreenTropism (FRANCE)
16:05 – 16:20 Time-resolved spectroscopy using quantum cascade laser frequency combs –Andreas Hugi, Managing Director, IRSweep (SWITZERLAND)
16:20 – 16:35 New MIR measurement paradigm: Upconversion based MIR spectroscopy and detection -Peter Tottrup, CEO, NLIR (DENMARK)
16:35 – 16:50 Widely tunable Mid-IR laser diodes for environmental monitoring –Antoine Muller, CEO, Alpes Lasers (SWITZERLAND)
16:50 – 17:05 Components and solutions for gas sensing at Mid-IR –Pentti Karioja, Principal Scientist, VTT (FINLAND)

17:05 – 17:30 Discussion

17:30 Bus transfer from Avantes to Kingstreet Restaurant, Bilderberg Hotel De Keizerskroon
18:00 – 22:00 Dinner @Kingstreet Restaurant

Friday 16 November 2018

08:30 Bus transfer to Avantes from Bilderberg Hotel De Keizerskroon
09:00 – 09:30 Morning coffee @Avantes

SESSION 3: Components

09:30 – 09:45 Optical filters for spectroscopy – Oliver Pust, Director Sales and Marketing, Delta Optical Thin Film (DENMARK)
09:45 – 10:00 Instrument multiplexing using fiber optical switches – Peter Riedel, Head of Engineering Comp. & Systems, LEONI Fiber Optics (GERMANY)
10:00 – 10:15 Compact OEM TDLS based gas sensor platform – Thomas Hessler, General Manager, Axetris (SWITZERLAND)
10:15 – 10:30 Fiber lasers and High peak power lasers for environmental monitoring –Emilie Colin, Application and Product Manager, LUMIBIRD (FRANCE)
10:30 – 10:45 Laser sources for Raman spectroscopy and laser induced fluorescence – Thierry Georges, CEO, Oxxius (FRANCE)
10:45 – 11:00 SLEDs as a stable light source for spectroscopy – Kevin Hsu, Director of Business Development Europe, EXALOS (SWITZERLAND)

11:00 – 11:45 Networking Break

SESSION 4: Sensors and Systems

11:45 – 12:00 Fourier-transform spectroscopy camera for fluorescence or Raman wide field microscopy imaging – Didier Beghuin, CTO, Lambda-X (BELGIUM)
12:00 – 12:15 Photonic IC based spectroscopy and (bio)chemical sensing – Geert Besselink, Project Manager, LioniX International (THE NETHERLANDS)
12:15 – 12:30 PbS – an old detector technology in a new robe – Wilfried Hermes, Department Leader IR Sensing, trinamiX (GERMANY)
12:30 – 12:45 Senorics miniaturized NIR-spectroscopy technology – Ronny Timmreck, CEO, Senorics (GERMANY)

12:45 – 13:00 Discussion and Closing Remarks
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch @Avantes
14:00 – 15:00 Company tour @Avantes
15:00 End


Meeting venue for 15-16 Nov.: Avantes HQ (Oude Apeldoornseweg 28, NL-7333 NS Apeldoorn, The Netherlands).

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Dinner venue for 15 Nov. evening: Bilderberg Hotel De Keizerskroon (the recommended hotel), Kingstreet Restaurant (Koningstraat 7, 7315 HR  Apeldoorn, The Netherlands).

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Kingstreet Restaurant LPP vanuit buffet


We strongly advise you to book the recommended hotel – Bilderberg Hotel De Keizerskroon (Koningstraat 7, 7315 HR, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands) as the bus transfers will be organized from / to it. You can do this by email: keizerskroon.reception@bilderberg.nl or by phone: +31 55 5217744, mentioning the code AVAN141118. Special rate including breakfast: € 113.45 (standard single room per night including taxes).


EPIC Events Manager Neringa Norbutaite: neringa.norbutaite@epic-assoc.com

Onsite contacts:

Auri Ripoll, Marketing Manager, EPIC: + 34 683 343 793
Jose Pozo, CTO, EPIC: +31 6 26 978 312


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 and sharing your details except of the email address with the other registered participants. We may also provide your details to the host – Avantes.

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