Latest update: March 28th 2018. This page always shows the latest version of the programme.

The Horst building on the Eastern part of the University of Twente campus, venue for the 2018 WTMF

Programme - World Technology Roadmapping Forum 2018

Important Message to Delegates from Karin Appeldoorn, PhotonDelta Project Office

The draft version of the 3 day programme is posted below. If you need any information, please don't hestitate 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 - click this link to see the time in Eindhoven now). 


Location & Programme Outline

PhotonDelta and the AIM Photonics Academy of Boston are pleased to invite leading industry specialists and researchers from around the world for the second meeting of the World Technology Mapping Forum. The goal is to discuss the first version of International Photonic Systems Roadmap, looking ahead to global technology needs in 2030 and beyond. 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 the heart of the Netherlands optics and nanotechnology sector. Organisation of the forum and the official forum dinner is possible thanks to the generous supported by the Netherlands Province of Overijssel.

Registration has opened

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

If you participated in 2017 you should have received an invitation letter by email. It was sent on February 2nd 2018. 

If you did not attend, but would like to contribute to this technical planning meeting, please get in touch with 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. Mention that you saw this announcement on the pages of the WTMF website. Request an invitation by stating your name, company/institutional affliation and state the photonics expertise that you wish to contribute to the meeting. We suggest signing up for the free WTMF Newsletter to stay informed of developments.

A list of recommended hotels (with special discount codes) is posted on other part of this website.


Draft Programme 20-22 June 2018 in Enschede

Please note that this is a draft version of the programme and subject to change. Correct as of March 28th 2018.

Venue: The Horst Building is building number 20 located on the Eastern side of Campus University of Twente, Enschede. The entrance to the Horst Building is located below the Horst Tower.

Street Address: De Horst 2, 7522 LW, Enschede, the Netherlands.
Telephone reception desk: +31 53 489 2500

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.

Day One - Wednesday June 20th 2018

0830-0900    Welcome with coffee for participants

0900-0920   Official Opening by Rector Magnificus University of Twente, Thom Palstra

Thom Palstra

0920- 1000 Presentation of the progress towards a World Roadmap on Integrated Photonics by Professors Ton Backx & Lionel Kimerling.

Outlining the next steps.

Ton Backx

Lionel Kimerling

1000-1030    First Keynote Presentation: Bert-Jan Offrein, IBM - Manager Photonics Zurich Research Laboratory, Zurich, Switzerland

1030-1100    Coffee break

1100-1130    Second Keynote Presentation; Eric Mournier, Yole Développement, Beginning in 1998,  we have expanded to a group of companies providing market research, technology analysis, strategy consulting, media, and financial services.

Eric Mournier

1130-1200    Work program and outline of the expectations

1200-1300    Lunch

1300-1340    Presentation Telecom/Datacom: Yossef Ben Ezra, Dean Holon Institute of Technology, Israel.

1340-1420    Presentation Healthcare: Annette Grot, Pacific Biosciences, 

1420-1500    Presentation Aerospace: Ferdinando Tiezzi, Viasat, Antenna Systems, Lausanne, Switzerland

1500-1530 - Coffee Break & Networking

1530-1610    Presentation Defence: (speaker to be confirmed)

1610-1650    Presentation Food&Agro: (speaker from Wageningen University. ) 

1650-1730    Presentation Internet of Things: Steve Walsh, University of New Mexico     

End of Day One 


1900-2200    Official dinner for participants in “De Grote Kerk” in Enschede. The north wall of this former church located on the old marketplace dates back to around 1200. Full restored a few years ago, this imposing property is now regularly used for concerts, special events and weddings.  The venue is a short walking distance from the railway station and the InnerCity Hotel. There will be transport for guests staying at the hotels on the University Campus and the Hampshire hotel in Hengelo.

Map of Enschede city centre with the location of the Grote Kerk. 

Day Two - Thursday 21 June 2018                 

0830-0900       Welcome coffee

0900-1200       Parallel Working groups on Topics:



Sensors (Healthcare, Automotive/Aerospace, Machines & Equipment / IoT & Industry)


Building Blocks

Front-end (incl. cost modelling)

Back-end (Interconnects, Packaging & Assembly)


1200-1300    Lunch

1300-1600    Working groups for Supply chains (based on linking applications to technologies (Building Blocks WG)):





Machines & Equipment

IoT & Industry



1600 -  End of day 2

Evening free


Day Three – Friday 22nd June 2018


0830-0900    Welcome coffee

0900-1030    Outcome of day 2 and plenary discussion on open issues

1030-1100    Coffee break

1100-1130    Plenary discussion WRIP included ranking subject

1130-1200    Conclusion and Outlook next steps. Announcements of plans for WTMF-3. 

1200-1330    Lunch and departures

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