Latest update: Thursday January 17th 2019

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HHI Headquaters in Berlin, Germany.

Save the dates for WTMF-3. June 12 -14th 2019, in Berlin, Germany.

The third  WTMF will be hosted by Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute. Exact details of the venue will be announced shortly. Please check back to this website for more details as they are announced. You can get in touch with the organisers by email

Recap on WTMF-2018 using our special on-line magazine.

Last year's WTMF-2018 in Enschede was a great success, thanks to over 160 participants who attended. Discussions are continuing in regional meetings as the important work on the roadmap continues.

For reference: Here is the link to the final forum programme which ran from June 20-22nd in Enschede, The Netherlands.

Group photo by Eric Brinkhorst.

The 2018 WTMF online magazine includes complete videos of Wednesday Plenary Presentations and Debate, as well as the Friday morning Feedback presentations and wrap up from Lionel Kimerling and Ton Backx. The latest release was last updated on Friday June 29th 2018. We have added the indexed Powerpoints of the final presentations.

Why are we doing this? We are experimenting with new ways to capture and share the knowledge from the forum. We think this approach can serve as a blueprint to other deep-dive conferences. Conversations often stop because those who couldn’t attend can only access a Powerpoint. We believe this is rather like sending a colleague a feature film without the soundtrack. Not much use. This year, video recordings were made of the Wednesday and Friday presentations using a new near-real-time publishing technology we’re developing in the Netherlands. This is a dynamic document. We conclude that

Here are the 374 photos we promised

We have posted two sets on Flickr which can be freely downloaded. If you use photos taken by Eric Brinkhorst, then we ask you credit Eric Brinkhorst in the caption. All other photos should be labeled as Credit:PhotonDelta. Let us know if the photos are useful. The photos are in highly quality so please bear in mind if you are downloading with a mobile phone. We recommend downloading via WiFi. Enjoy browsing on line. We like them. We hope you do too.

Wednesday Album: (251 photos) Plenary Sessions & Official Dinner in Enschede. Link:

Thursday Album: (123 photos). Snaps taking during the 16 workshop sessions throughout the second day: Link:

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Background Articles related to World Technology Mapping Forum

Archive Articles 2018

Next Generation Silicon Transceivers Need a Different Approach

Viasat - Why Terabit satellite solutions are needed for a Terabit world.

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. Why Automation is key to scaling. 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 goals.

Ton Backx, PhotonDelta

Lionel Kimerling, AIM Photonics Academy

World Technology Mapping Forum

Berlin, Germany June 12-14 2019