EPIC World Photonics Technology Summit


30-31 August 2018
Brussels, Belgium

Hilton Brussels Grand Place, Carrefour de l’Europe 3, 1000 Brussels

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The purpose of this unique meeting is to bring experts and leaders from industrial companies around the world to discuss photonics technology developments and challenges. The event is by invitation only at CTO/CEO level, 1 representative per company, with an audience of 110 participants from 22 countries. The presentations will be short (15 minutes) followed by 5 minutes discussion moderated  by Dr. Jose Pozo, EPIC’s Director of Technology, renowned for his exceptional ability to engage the audience to explore synergy and business opportunities. The event is very much networking oriented with 11 networking opportunities (2 lunches, 2 dinners, 7 coffee breaks) and a detailed participant list will be provided in advance (including a company description, personal biography and picture of every attendee). If you have not been personally invited but would like to participate, contact me before registering, email at carlos.lee@epic-assoc.com – Can’ attend this year? Register now for the 2019 edition

SPEAKER GUIDELINES: The audience are all experts, but in different fields. The talk should start with the basics but very quickly reach top level. The presentation should be 12-15 minutes long and will be followed by 5 minutes discussion. We recommend you have a short introduction of your company (1 min) of your products (2 minutes) of how the technology works & applications (5 minutes) and the future applications and challenges (5 minutes). Take advantage that you will be addressing a truly unique audience of top level people from the industry, covering the entire manufacturing value chain. The ideal outcome is that people know what you do, know what you could do, may solve some of your current challenges, and maybe brainstorm ideas of what you could do together. The purpose is to establish new technology development collaborations, in your conclusion slide, you could add what kind of partners, collaborators you would like to have to solve your current technology bottlenecks. The meeting is held in a very collaborative spirit to further technology, develop new products, imagine new applications. If you have never attended and EPIC event, watch some of the pictures to get an impression. EPIC past meeting pictures


  • Akimasa Kaneko, VP, Head of NTT Device Innovation Center, NTT (JAPAN)
  • Alain Courteville, CTO Optics, Fogale Nanotech (FRANCE)
  • Andreas Popp, Principal Expert Technology Scouting, TRUMPF (GERMANY)
  • Arvind Patel, Managing Director, Sahajanand Laser Technology Limited SLTL (INDIA)
  • Benno Oderkerk, CEO, Avantes (THE NETHERLANDS)
  • Brian Kelly, Director Product Development & Manufacturing, Eblana Photonics (IRELAND)
  • Christian Vestergaard Poulsen, CTO, NKT (DENMARK)
  • Colin Humphreys, Chairman, Paragraf (UNITED KINGDOM)
  • Dan Negrea, CTO, AEMTEC(GERMANY)
  • David Callejo, CTO, CoeLux (ITALY)
  • Eric Costard, CTO, IRnova (SWEDEN)
  • Iwan Davies, Technology Group Director, IQE (UNITED KINGDOM)
  • Kazuhiko Kurata, CTO, AIO Core (JAPAN)
  • Keming Du, CEO, Edgewave (GERMANY)
  • Lucas Redlarski, Chief Scientist, MITUTOYO (JAPAN/NETHERLANDS)
  • Michael Totzeck, Fellow, Corporate Research and Technology, ZEISS (GERMANY)
  • Radha Nagarajan, CTO, INPHI (USA)
  • Raj Kumar, Chairman & CEO, CompoundTek (SINGAPORE)
  • René Heideman, CTO and co-Founder, LioniX International (THE NETHERLANDS)
  • Robert Huang, CEO, Wavelength Opto-Electronic (SINGAPORE)
  • Robert Newberry, Director of Engineering, Sanmina (USA)
  • Schneider Simon, BOSCH (GERMANY)
  • Tamila Zlachevskaya, CEO, Polarus (RUSSIA)
  • Teera Achariyapaopan, CEO, Focuz (THAILAND)
  • Thomas de Boer, Manager Development Engineering, Philips Innovation Services (THE NETHERLANDS)
  • Valerian Giesz, Co-Founder, Quandela (FRANCE)
  • Waguih Ishak, VP & Chief Technologist, CORNING (USA)
  • Xinbing Liu, Director, Panasonic Boston Laboratory, Panasonic R&D Company of America (USA/JAPAN)


Wednesday 29 August

09:00-15:00 Customized company visits
15:00 Departure by bus from Hilton Hotel Grand Place
16:00 Company visits COMMSCOPE – Diestsesteenweg 692, 3010 Kessel-Lo
18:00 Return by bus
19:00-22:00 Networking reception and walking dinner at Le Roy d’Espagne – Grand Place 1, 1000  Brussels (WELCOME TO ARRIVE LATE just for a drink, meet us at the top floor of this iconic building)

Thursday 30 August

08:15 Registration and Welcome coffee
09:00-17:30 EPIC summit
10:30-11:15 Coffee break
12:30 Lunch break
15:00-15:45 Coffee break
18:30-22:30 Reception and Dinner

Friday 31 August

07:05-07:50 – Run/Walk in Royal Park of Brussels. Departure from Hilton Hotel Grand Place.
08:30 Welcome coffee
09:00-15:00 EPIC summit
10:30-11:15 Coffee break
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 EPIC summit
15:00-15:45 Final networking coffee break / end

18:00-21:00 Golf + Dinner (optional)


The recommended Hilton Brussels Grand Place is located directly across the Brussels Central train station. Direct connection to Brussels Airport (20 minutes ride), 5 minutes walking distance from the beautiful and world famous Brussels Grand Place. NO LONGER AVAILABLE – the negotiated price of 159 EUR / night is no longer available. We recommend you look for a nearby hotel, for instance Hotel Chambord at 96 EUR/night including breakfast. If the hotel is full, or for further logistical support, please contact Events Support Jasmine Vlietinck.


THIS EXCLUSIVE EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY. The event is restricted to 1 representative per company. If you have not received a personal invitation but would like to participate, please contact before registering Carlos Lee . The participation contribution is 375 EUR (excluding VAT) for EPIC members and invited guests, 975 EUR for non-members. SPONSORS WELCOME.

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