Support & Sponsorship

We are proud and thankful to have support of the following organizations:

Faunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering


The Fraunhofer IOF conducts application-oriented research in the field of optical systems engineering on behalf of its clients in industry and within publicly-funded collaborative projects. Clients of Fraunhofer IOF come from the information and communications, lighting, transport, production, life sciences, food, medical technology, environmental and safety engineering markets.

Institute of Photonic Technology


IPHT researches the scientific basics of photonic processes and systems of the highest sensitivity, efficiency, and resolution. In keeping with its "Photonics for Life" motto, IPHT develops custom solutions to problems in the fields of medicine and the life and environmental sciences that are based on this research. Following IPHT's principle "From Ideas to Instruments," we implement the insights gained from our research into processes, instrumental concepts, and sometimes even into laboratory prototypes in order to sustainably contribute to the benefit of patients and consumers.

Thorlabs Inc.

Thorlabs designs & manufactures products in the areas of breath analysis technology, fiber optics, lasers, optical instrumentation, optomechanics, photonics, and vibration isolation. Approximately 90% of the products it sells are manufactured in-house. Roughly 30% of the products were created in response to, or inspired by, customer requests. Customers include research institutions, manufacturers, and biomedical organizations. Products are sold primarily through a print catalog.

Orizon Inc.

Die Orizon GmbH ist einer der größten deutschen Personaldienstleister und in der Niederlassung Jena spezialisiert auf die Vermittlung von Fach- und Führungskräften. Für Global Player als auch StartUps rekrutiert Orizon Absolventen und Professionals der natur- und ingenieurwissenschaftlichen Studiengänge für Branchen wie Photonik, Physikalische Technik, Medizintechnik oder Materialwissenschaft für Projekte und Festeinstellungen. Bei Karrierefragen unterstützen wir Interessenten unverbindlich und stellen Kontakte zu namhaften Unternehmen auch deutschlandweit her.

OSA Student Chapter
OSA has an extensive global network of more than 360 Student Chapters (88 in the U.S. and 272 non-U.S.). These chapters, managed for and by students, create valuable opportunities and help foster lasting relationships with peers and mentors. If your university already has  a chapter, we encourage you to become an active member. If your school does not yet have a chapter, we invite you to consider establishing one. OSA Student  Chapters receive many benefits including: activity and travel grants, guest lecture resources, networking opportunities, and much more!

Helmholtz-Institut Jena
The Helmholtz Institute Jena (HI Jena) is an outstation of the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research and is located on the campus of the Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) in the city of Jena. The HI Jena is part of the Helmholtz Association which is Germany's largest scientific organization, being mainly responsible for the development and operation of large-scale scientific infrastructure. Founded in 2009, the institute's research activities focus on the physics occurring at the border between conventional particle-acceleration technology and the fast-evolving field of laser-induced particle acceleration.

United Nations: International Year of Light

In proclaiming an International Year focusing on the topic of light science and its applications, the UN has recognized the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century. It has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication via the Internet, and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society.

Heraeus Holding

Der Technologiekonzern Heraeus mit Sitz in Hanau ist ein1851 gegründetes und heute weltweit führendes Familienunternehmen. Wir schaffen hochwertige Lösungen für unsere Kunden und stärken so nachhaltig ihre Wettbewerbsfähigkeit. Unsere Aktivitäten haben wir auf die Märkte Chemie und Metall, Energie und Umwelt, Kommunikation und Elektronik, Gesundheit, Mobilität sowie Industrieanwendungen ausgerichtet.


As an independent specialist, asphericon is among the technological leaders in asphere manufacture. The basis for manufacture is a patented technology to control CNC grinding and polishing machines. Small runs right through to large series can be manufactured with high precision. asphericon assists its customers from the initial optic design, via manufacturing, coating, full-surface interferometric measuring, through to the assembly of optical modules and their optical characterization.

Optics Balzers

The company possesses a broad and in-depth know-how in optical thin-film coating processes, complemented by sophisticated patterning, glass bonding and sealing, and further processing capabilities necessary for producing optical thin-film coated components up to optical subassemblies. Highly experienced and skilled development and engineering teams closely collaborate with customers to develop innovative solutions meeting their specific and unique requirements.

Coherent Inc.

Coherent  ist  als  Laserhersteller  seit  1966  in vielen Bereichen Technologie- und Marktführer. Der Konzern mit Stammsitz in Santa Clara, Kalifornien,  verfügt  über  weltweite  Entwicklungs- und  Produktionsstandorte  -  in  Europa  etwa  in Deutschland  und  Großbritannien.  Der  Standort Deutschland  spielt  für  den  Mutterkonzern  eine zentrale  Rolle, da  hier  sämtliche Excimerlaser in Göttingen und ein wesentlicher Anteil der Festkörperlaser in Lübeck entwickelt und produziert werden.

Edmund Optics

Founded in 1942 by Norman Edmund, the company has grown from a one-man operation to a global organization supporting the R&D, electronics, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, biomedical, and military markets around the globe. EO products are used in a variety of applications ranging from DNA sequencing to retinal eye scanning to high-speed factory automation. We invite you to meet our corporate directors, learn about new product offerings, browse current job openings, explore our rich history, and much more.

Laser 2000

Seit über 30 Jahren bietet Laser 2000 innovative Laser- und Photonics-Lösungen in Kooperation mit weltweit führenden Herstellern als "Kundenspezifische Lösung aus einer Hand". Die Photonik ist unsere Passion und Profession. Wir begeistern uns für die Optischen Technologien und sind immer am Puls der Zeit für die neuesten Technologien, Produkte und Anwendungsmöglichkeiten. Unsere Mitarbeiter haben bereits mehr als 14.000 Kunden erfolgreich beraten und verkaufen Produkte und Lösungen in 60 Länder dieser Welt.


Our mission is to accelerate the advancement of optical technology for precision measurements and their applications from the table tops of research laboratories to standard use in communication and high technology industries. Our aim is to serve our customers. Our hope is to create a place for highly skilled people in an open environment. Menlo Systems was founded in 2001 by Professor Hänsch, Dr. Ronald Holzwarth, Dr. Michael Mei, and Alex Cable as a spin-off from the renowned Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics around the optical frequency comb technology - a revolutionary and simple technique for measuring the frequency of light.


Onefive is a Swiss company which provides femtosecond and picosecond lasers for different industrial applications. A team of R&D laser physicists and electrical engineers with versatile fields of expertise are working together to provide solid, reliable, and cost-effective ultrafast laser solutions. Onefive products are made in Switzerland following high quality standards and procedures. Onefive operates with a lean structure and follows a strict financial plan at all stages. This allows us to serve the market with competitive prices for our high-end products.


The ZEISS Group comprises six business groups and 13 strategic business units. The units develop, produce and distribute optical systems such as lithography systems, industrial measuring technology, microscopes, surgical microscopes, ophthalmic diagnostic and therapy systems, eyeglass lenses, planetarium technology and cine and camera lenses as well as binoculars, riflescopes and spotting scopes. Carl Zeiss AG manages the Group in its role as a strategic holding company. Its primary function is the ongoing strategic development of the business activities and of the corporate portfolio. It also provides the corporate management and service functions.


In all areas of the Group we have comprehensive expertise in optoelectronics and deep experience in innovative technologies. We connect all this with the needs of our customers, the knowledge of many partners at universities and institutes and the skills of our colleagues within our five divisions Lasers & Material Processing, Optical Systems, Industrial Metrology, Traffic Solutions and Defense & Civil Systems. Our customers around the world mainly include companies in the semiconductor equipment manufacturing industry, automotive and automotive supplier industry, medical technology, security and defense technology as well as the aviation industry.

If you also want to support DoKDoK, feel free to contact us to discuss options. There are many ways in which you could contribute to the success of DoKDoK - besides a general sponsorship, you could support specific sessions or events such as the conference reception or dinner. We would be happy to hand out your pamphlets or something similar. Any support is appropriate and welcome but of course we are happy to discuss typical values with you, should you feel uncertain.