Latest update: February 3rd 2018

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

Registration for WTMF 2018 is now open

The first calls for participation have now gone on 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.  

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

You need an invitation to participate

If you participated in 2017, you should have received an invitation email sent out on February 2nd 2018. If you have not received an invitation by February 4th, please check your spam filter. 

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 office hours or leave a message.  (we operate on the GMT/UTC + 1 hour time zone until the end of March 2018).  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. 

In the meantime, if you participated in June 2017 and have feedback on what you would like to see in 2018, please get in touch. 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. 

Background Articles related to World Technology Mapping Forum

New Articles for 2018

Shaping the WTMF 2018 in June. Interview with Ton Backx

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