Latest update: June 16th 2018

WTMF - All you need to know about Travel and Preferred Hotels


If you need to get in touch with the conference organisers, contact Karin Appeldoorn, at the PhotonDelta Project Office in Eindhoven. Send an email to or call us on +31 40 247 3258 during office hours or leave a message. (we're on GMT/UTC + 2 hours until the start of the forum- click this link to see the time in Eindhoven now).

PhotonDelta and the AIM Photonics Academy are organising the second meeting of the World Technology Mapping Forum. The goal of the forum is to produce the first World Photonic Systems Roadmap, looking ahead to global technology needs in 2030 and beyond. The three-day gathering will be held from June 20-22nd 2018 in Enschede, a city in the Eastern part of the Netherlands..

2018 Draft Agenda Published - 3-day Programme

Full details of the 2018 proceedings, as well as the more information on the technical working groups have been posted on a separate page. Please click through. Note that there have been changes to the technical working groups for this second meeting. We will keep this page up to date.

Getting to the Forum Venue

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.

Dutch Railways offers a regular direct connection to Enschede Central Station from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Click this link to plan your journey on their site. Travel time by Intercity rail service is just over two hours. 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 from the airports in Germany varies between 2 – 3 hrs each way.

Register to Participate

Please note that registration for the forum is by invitation only. Participation in the WTMF is free but travel to and from the venue as well as accommodation costs are at your own expense.

If you participated in 2017, you should have received an email invitation by now.

If you did not attend last year, 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 GMT/UTC + 2 hours until the start of the forum). Mention that you saw this announcement on the 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.

List of WTMF Preferred Hotels

We have negotiated a special rate for Forum delegates with all of the hotels below.  

The cities of Enschede and Hengelo also have other hotels available. Please note that if you are not in a preferred hotel, you will need to arrange your own transportation to and from the Forum location at the University of Twente and the evening event on the first day (June 20th). On sites such as or you can find a wide selection. We advise you to book in advance because this week in June is busy because of graduations.  

The city of Enschede also has some informative webpages containing useful local information.

Conference Hotel Drienerburght
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede, The Netherlands
This budget hotel in the University Campus grounds offers different rooms incl. breakfast (excl. city tax) for rates of between €75 - €90 per night
WTMF Discount Registration: via and use the code ‘WTMF’. This hotel is within easy walking distance of the forum venue.


Hampshire Hotel - De Broeierd
Hengelosestraat 725
7521 PA Enschede, The Netherlands

This hotel is on the Western edge of the University of Twente Campus. It is a 2-minute walk from the nearest bus stop into Enschede and about a 15 minute walk to the forum venue. The individually decorated, split-level rooms come with free Wi-Fi, TVs, and tea and coffeemakers. Upgraded, single-level rooms feature wood-paneling, as well as private balconies or terraces. There's a stylish brasserie restaurant alongside with exposed beams, and an informal bar/restaurant offering plush seating and high tea. Free parking is provided, and bike hire is available.

This hotel is offering WTMF guests a rate of €84,50 per night (excl. breakfast which is €13,50 extra and local City Tax of €1,27 per person per night). This offer is subject to availability. Contact the hotel directly, mentioning WTMF rate in the subject line of your email. Send email to Or call +31 53 850 6500.


IntercityHotel Enschede
Willem Wilminkplein 5
7511 PG Enschede, The Netherlands

We have reserved rooms at this hotel with the following group rates:

Standard room, single occupancy including breakfast (excluding city tax) €92 per night.

Standard room, double occupancy including breakfast (excluding city tax) €110 per night.

To take advantage of these special group rates, please click on this link  

where you will find an online booking form. Please fill in the form and forward it as an attachment to The hotel has offered us a special rate that includes breakfast. Please note this rate only applies to WTMF attendees and expires on May 1st 2018. For any questions please use the e-mail address and refer to the group World Technology Mapping Forum 20-22 June in the subject line.

IntercityHotel Enschede is modern business hotel located in the center of Enschede close to theaters, cinemas and restaurants. The train station is located approx. 350 m away, the market place and the Grote Kerk are about 7 minutes' walk away.


All the hotels above are in Enschede.


The University Campus is on a site half way between Enschede and Hengelo. We can also recommend an excellent city hotel in nearby Hengelo. We are not aware of any delegates staying in Hengelo and therefore have cancelled the bus transportation to and from the venue. Buses to other official hotels will be provided.

Hampshire Hotel Hengelo
B.P. Hofstedestraat 50
7551 DG Hengelo, The Netherlands
Standard room excl. breakfast (excl. city tax) €74,50 per night

Hampshire Hotel - City Hengelo is easy to reach by car and train. The hotel is a short bus or taxi ride away from the University Campus.

Registration: by sending an email to and use ‘WTMF’ in the subject line.


World Technology Mapping Forum

Enschede, Netherlands, June 20-22 2018