Invited Speakers

This 2021 edition has been postponed to June, 2022. We are contacting with the invited speakers to confirm their participation next year.  




mourou128  Prof. Gerard Mourou 

Nobel Prize in Physics 2018

Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, Paris,





Prof. Ursula Keller


NCCR MUST, Head of Research Institute of Quantum Electronics, ETG Zurch, Physics Department, Switzerland 



Prof. Christian Sattler


Department of Solar Chemical Engineering,

Aerospace Center´s Institute of Solar Research,



Prof. Sattler is head of the Department of Solar Chemical Engineering of the German Aerospace Center’s Institute of Solar Research. He is also professor for solar fuel production at the Technical University of Dresden. The main area of his work is the production of fuels especially hydrogen by solar thermo- and photochemical processes. He serves as vice president of the research association N. ERGHYa member of the European Joint Technology Initiative for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen and is the national representative to tasks of the IEA’s SolarPACES and Hydrogen Implementing Agreements


Prof. Carlos del Cañizo


Institute of Solar Energy, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain.

Prof. del Cañizo is Engineer in Telecommunications, and has been involved in Photovoltaics since 1994. He received the PhD degree from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in 2000, with a work on contamination and gettering processes in silicon solar cells. He is the  Director of the Instituto de Energía and is also the responsible person of the Silicon Technology Programme of the institute. He has a long experience in fabrication and characterisation of solar cells, and also works on the topic of silicon ultrapurification for photovoltaic applications. He is supporting the CENTESIL initiative to build a R&D pilot plant of polysilicon via chlorosilanes.


Prof. Naomi Halas


Smalley-Curl Institute, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA.


Prof. Jordi Martorel,

Group Leader,

Organic Nanoestructured Photovoltaics, ICFO, Barcelona, Spain

Prof. Jordi Martorell (JM) received a PhD in Physics from Brown University (USA). Since then JM has been engaged in the study of light-matter interaction within several kinds of micro and nanostructures. In 2005, JM was appointed a group leader at ICFO, where he launched, two years ago, a new program to investigate the effect of nano-structuring in organic photovoltaic materials. One of the main goals of the program is to use the photon control provided by the photonic structure to enhance the efficiency of organic solar cells. Key concepts that are being considered involve the control of fluorescence in high quantum yield photovolatic materials to enhance the energy conversion efficiency, the use of multilayer structures to enhance light harvesting, and the use of nano thick semi-transparent metals as electrodes to replace transparent conductive oxides as ITO. The activities carried out by the group in this area are supported by national projects as well as European projects. Some of the projects are carried out with several industrial partners in the area of Barcelona. The group is a member of the Photonics4Energy network of excellence.


Prof. Alberto Pique,


Materials and systems branch, U.S.Naval Research Labororatory, USA.


Prof. Carlos Molpeceres Álvarez



Centro Laser, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Head of the Group of Advanced Laser-Based Manufacturing, Spain

Prof.  Molpeceres (1966) is MSc (1990) by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and PhD (1997) by the Technical University of Madrid (UPM). Now he is Full Professor at the Department of Applied Physics and Materials Engineering at ETSII-UPM. He has been Technical Director of the Laser Center UPM from 1998 to 2011, and currently he leads the Group of Advanced Laser-Based Manufacturing. His current research activities include laser processing of materials at micro and nanoscale for applications in energy, biotechnology and other strategic sectors.


Prof. Reinhart Poprawe


Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT
Steinbachstr. 15
52074 Aachen,


Prof. Poprawe holds a M. A. in Physics degree from the California State University in Fresno which he received in 1977. After completion of his diploma and PhD in physics (Darmstadt 1984) he joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology in Aachen where he began working as head of the department „Laser oriented process development“in 1985. From 1989 to January 1996 he has been managing director of Thyssen Laser-Technik GmbH in Aachen.

Since February 1996 he is managing director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology and holds the University Chair for Laser Technology at the RWTH Aachen. Currently he is a member of the board in the AKL Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e. V. Aachen. Prof. Poprawe has been elected to the grade of Fellow in the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in USA (SME) since 1998. In 2006 he became Fellow of the Laser Institute of America LIA and in 2012 Fellow of SPIE. Since 2001 he is a member of the board of the Laser Institute of America (LIA) and serves in many national and international boards as advisor, referee or consultant, for instance at the National Laser Centre of South Africa NLC. During the period of September 2005 until September 2008 he was Vice-Rector for Structure, Research and Junior Academic Staff. He still is chairing the RWTH-International Board, is the Rectors delegate for China, received an Honorary Professorship at Tsinghua University and the Schawlow Award of the Laser Institute of America in 2014. In 2017 he was also awarded the Peter M. Baker Leadership Award of the Laser Institute of America LIA. 


Prof. Martin Wegener

Director, Chair


Institute of Nanotechnology at KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany


Prof. Michael Campbell



Laboratory for laser Energetics (LLE), University of Rochester, USA.


Prof. Maite Flores

Group leader


Facultad de Óptica y Optometría, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain.


Dr. Fabien Guillemot

Chief Executive Officer, CEO



Dr. Fabien Guillemot is the CEO and founder of Poietis, company devoted to the fabrication of complex and customized tissues for regenerative medicine and pharmaceutical applications by Laser-Assisted Bioprinting. He obtained his PhD in Materials Science in 2000 from the National Institute for Applied Sciences (France) and was appointed Senior Researcher in 2005 at the National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM, France). PI of the group Tissue Engineering Assisted by Laser, he accomplished pioneered works on in vivo and in situ bioprinting. In 2009, Dr. Guillemot organized the International Conference on Bioprinting and Biofabrication in Bordeaux. He is the author of more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and about 40 invited conferences.

Poietis is a biotechnology company specializing in the laser-assisted bioprinting of living tissue. It provides industrial stakeholders and researchers with a unique platform to design and manufacture bio-printed products for regenerative medicine, preclinical research and evaluating the efficacy of cosmetic products and ingredients. The unquestionable added value of the Poietis platform is its ability to design and manufacture tissue with cellular resolution. This allows very precise control of the manufacturing process and guarantees the reproducibility and reliability of bio-printed products.Fabien tiene una cuenta


Prof. R. Thomson

Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences


Heriot Watt University, UK

Prof. Thomson (M’05) received the B.Sc. degree (with first class honors) in Physics from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, U.K., in 2000, the M.Sc. degree in Optoelectronics and Laser Devices from the University of St Andrews, St Andrews, U.K., in 2001 and the Ph.D degree in Physics from Heriot Watt University in 2006. He is currently an STFC Advanced Fellow and Lecturer in the Physics Department at Heriot Watt University, where his current research interests are centred on the technology and applications of ultrafast laser inscription. Dr. Thomson is a Member of the Institute of Physics (U.K.) and the Optical Society of America and currently serves as secretary for the Scottish Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society.

Robert is also a Co-founder of Optoscribe - a high-tech spin-out from Heriot-Watt in the Ultrafast Laser Inscription area.


Prof. J M López-Higuera



Photonic Engineering Group,

Universidad de Cantabria, CIBER-BBN and IDIVAL


Prof. López-Higuera is the founder and head of the Photonics Engineering Group of the University of Cantabria, of the CIBER-BBN of IS Carlos III and IDIVAL, Spain. He is a Member of a wide set of international Committees of Conferences, R&D Institutions, and Companies in the area of photonic sensing. His work is focused on optical sensor systems and instrumentations for any sector application. He has worked in a wide range of R&D&i projects, acting in more than 90 of them as manager.
He has contributed with more than 700 research publications including 20 patents closely related to optical and fiber techniques for sensors and instrumentations. He has worked as an editor and co-author of four R&D international books, as a co-editor of several conference proceedings and Journals and he has been the director of 20 PhD theses. He is co-founder of three technology-based companies.

Prof. López-Higuera is a Fellow of OSA, Fellow of SPIE, Senior of IEEE, Member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Cantabria and member of CIBER-BBN.