Latest update: May 5th 2018

Welcome! This is the official website of the World Technology Mapping Forum.

Details of the latest forum programme and important hotel information have now been posted on this website.

Registration for WTMF 2018 is now open

The final call for participation has now gone out for the second World Technology Mapping Forum to be held from June 20-22nd 2018. This high-level technology gathering will be held on the campus of the University of Twente in Enschede in the Eastern part of The Netherlands.  

You need an invitation to participate

If you participated in 2017, you should have received an invitation email sent out in February 2018. If you did not attend, but would like to contribute to this technical planning meeting, please get in touch with Karin Appeldoorn, who is the Office Manager at PhotonDelta HQ in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Send an email to or call us on +31 40 247 3258 during European office hours or leave a message. (we operate on the GMT/UTC + 2 hours time zone until the forum begins). Mention that you saw this announcement on the home page on the WTMF 2018 website. Request an invitation by stating your name, company/institutional affliation and state the photonics expertise that you wish to contribute to the meeting. Please note this is a highly technical planning forum and not a general conference about Photonics. Thank you for the useful feedback on what you would like to see in 2018. We suggest signing up for the free WTMF Newsletter to stay informed of developments.

In the period up to the gathering, this website will repost articles from the PhotonDelta website which relate to the WTMF topics and keep you informed about related publications and presentations.

Details on the Forum Venue in Enschede, The Netherlands.

The three-day highly technical gathering will be held from June 20-22nd 2018 in the Horst conference centre on the campus of the University of Twente in Enschede. This is in the heart of one the Netherlands leading optics and nanotechnology regions. Organisation of the forum is possible thanks to the generous supported by the Netherlands Province of Overijssel.

Getting to the city of Enschede from abroad

By air: We suggest flying in and out of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Once you clear customs, you will find the ticket office of Dutch Railways in the arrival terminal in an area called Schiphol Plaza. The train platforms are at a lower level. Schiphol is an important hub for the Dutch rail network. It’s very easy to get to Enschede from there. Dutch railways offers a regular direct connection to Enschede Central Station from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Click this link to plan your journey on the Dutch railways website. Travel time by the Intercity rail service is just over two hours. You can buy a ticket online, or you can purchase a ticket at the NS Dutch Railways counter in Schiphol Plaza.

Alternative from Germany: You can also travel by train to Enschede from nearby the airports of Munster or Dortmund in Germany, but there is no direct connection. Travel time to Enschede from the airports in Germany varies between 2 – 3 hrs each way.

Route to University of Twente and the WTMF venue.

By car: From the A1 motorway, take the A35 motorway in the direction of Enschede. Take exit 26: Enschede - West / Universiteit. Follow the signs ‘Universiteit".

By Bus: From Enschede railway station: line number 1 in the direction of ‘Universiteit Twente’ or line number 8 in the direction of Hengelo-Noordline or number 9 in the direction of Hengelo.

The WTMF Venue at the University Campus

All plenary and breakout sessions will take place in the same place. The Horst Building is building number 20 located on the Eastern side of Campus University of Twente, Enschede. Street Address: De Horst 2, 7522 LW, Enschede, the Netherlands. Telephone reception desk: +31 53 489 2500

The campus is a short bus trip or taxi ride from Enschede city centre. The entrance to the Horst Building is located below the Horst Tower.

Parking: The entrance to this building is not accessible by car. The nearest car park is P2 or P3 (see campus map). Visitors with mobility vehicles can request access at the barrier

Use this link to download a PDF version of the campus map.

Background Articles related to World Technology Mapping Forum

New Articles for 2018

Jose Pozo on understanding the challenges ahead.

Why this year's WTMF is of interest to those involved in the Energy Transition Strategy

Geert Braaksma's Vision for Photonics in Twente

Testing Times - The Intriguing Challenge to Scale Photonics

JePPIX Launches 2018 Photonics Roadmap


Previous articles published in 2017. Still current.

Packaging what is holding us back? Scott Jordan.

5 Photonic Technologies Vying for Business Success

What Just Happened in Brabant?

Global Challenges for Photonics by 2030 Lionel Kimerling

Why Innovation in Photonics is Crucial

European Photonics - The Results are In

Global Markets for Photonics. Michael Lebby keynote

Why Pilotlines are Key to European Photonics Development. José Pozo, European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC)


Invitation to Actively Contribute

Thank you for your continued interest in the World Technology Mapping Forum. We look forward to your active participation in realising our common goal.

Ton Backx, PhotonDelta

Lionel Kimerling, AIM Photonics Academy Boston

World Technology Mapping Forum

Enschede, June 20-22 2018