University of Twente
Keynote Talk: "A fresh look at continuous-wave lasers: How they really work!"
Pre-Dinner Talk: "Want to become a professor? Turn left, then right, and through the forest, please!"
Markus Pollnau received the M.Sc. degree from the University of Hamburg, Germany, in 1992, and the Ph.D. degree for work performed at the University of Bern, Switzerland, in 1996, both in physics. After postdoctoral positions with the University of Southampton, UK and the University of Bern, he was a Project and Research Group Leader with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2004, he became a Full Professor and Chair of the Integrated Optical MicroSystems Group, MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. He has contributed to more than 500 reviewed journal and international conference papers and ten book chapters in the fields of crystal and thin-film growth, rare-earth-ion spectroscopy, solid-state and fiber lasers, as well as waveguide fabrication, devices, and applications. He has presented ~70 invited talks at international conferences and ~30 lectures at international summer schools.
Dr. Pollnau has held European, Swiss, and Dutch personal Fellowships and has obtained numerous National and European Research Grants. In 2013 he was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant from the European Research Council. He has been involved in the organization of major international conferences, e.g., as a Program and General Co-chair of the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (2006/2008) and the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe (2009/2011), as founding General Chair and Steering Committee Chair of the Europhoton Conference (2004/2008), and served as Topical Editor for the Journal of the Optical Society of America B(2007-2010) and on the Editorial Board of the journal Laser Physics Letters (2008-2011). In 2013 he was elected to the rank of Fellow by the Optical Society of America for "for seminal contributions to rare-earth-ion spectroscopy and highly efficient dielectric waveguide amplifiers and lasers".
Institute of Photonic Technology Jena, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Keynote Talk: "Hybrid Photonic Crystal Fibers - Fundamentals and Applications"
Since November 2012 Markus A. Schmidt owns a full professorship for fiber optics at the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena (Germany) and is head of a newly established research group at the Institute for Photonic Technologies (IPHT). His main research topic is combining optical fiber technology with nanophotonic concepts for implementing devices with applications in areas such as biophotonics, plasmonics or nonlinear optics.
From 2006 to 2012 he was leader of the group "nanowire" in the division of Philip Russel at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen (Germany). His main research topic was nanowires inside optical fiber with applications in areas such as nonlinear optics, plasmonics, opto-fluidics, material science, optical detectors, fiber polarizers, band gap structures and biophysics. Between April 2011 and March 2012 Markus Schmidt spend a twelve months research leave at the Centre of Plasmonics and Metamaterials at Imperial College London (UK), working on magnetoplasmonics and hybrid photonic-plasmonic systems. He finished his postdoctoral lecture degree (Habilitation) at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg in June 2012. He obtained his Dr.rer.nat. degree (2006) in nonlinear polymeric photonic crystals at the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg (Germany) and carried out his physics studies with the main focus on applied phyiscs at the University of Hamburg (Germany).
Helmholtz Institute Jena, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Keynote Talk: "The International FAIR Project: New Frontiers for the Physics of Extreme Electromagnetic Fields"
Thomas Stöhlker received the M. Sc. and a PhD degree from the University of Gießen. After his habilitation at the University of Frankfurt, he became Professor at the Institute of Physics at the University of Heidelberg in 2007. At that time he also became head of the Atomic Physics Division of the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Darmstadt. Since 2009, he leads the newly established Helmholtz Institute Jena that merges the extraordinary competences of the University of Jena in the field of optics and high intensity lasers with on-going scientific large scale projects and research facilities such as the European X-ray free-electron laser XFEL Hamburg or the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research FAIR. In 2012, Thomas Stöhlker got professor at Institute for Optics and Quantum Electronics at the University of Jena. His scientific interest are broadly settled in the field of fundamental atomic physics where he has contributed more than 330 publications. During his career, he received a number of honors and awards and is presently member of several advisory committees and review panels.