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12-13 June 2024
EPIC Technology Meeting on Specialty Optical Fibers: New Designs and Novel Applications at Photonics Bretagne
Lannion, France

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The performance of optical fibers can be optimized by manipulating their optical properties. There are several ways to obtain specialty optical fibers: by using non standard materials in the manufacturing process; with multi-core or multiple claddings in the fiber; with photonic crystal structures; with special dopants in the core; developing special index profiles… All these processes allow to obtain fibers with special characteristics (numerical aperture, effective area, mode propagation…) which are of high interest for the development of new laser systems, fiber sensors or medical devices and to extend the applications of spectroscopic or communications systems.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss with the whole supply chain about the design, the manufacturing process and the testing and characterization of specialty optical fibers. We will discover the last developments used in applications such as fiber lasers, fiber sensing, spectroscopy, datacom… and the new tools for fiber optic preparation, splicing and termination.

We invite to this Technology Meeting all the technical experts, R&D managers, executives, industry leaders and researchers with interest in the manufacturing and use of specialty optical fibers. EPIC offers you the possibility of enjoying the high-level discussion and finding strategic partnerships and new collaborations for your company.

Photonics Bretagne members should select invited company fee to attend the event. 

All participants biographies, photos and company descriptions are HERE


Optional agenda: 

11 June, Tuesday

Companies visits : Registration for the event does not guarantee you a place at the companies visits. You need to register separately. Number of people for the companies visits are limited. 

08:35 Departure by bus from Grand Hotel Perros-Guirec to Exail
09:00 – 10:30 Visiting Exail
10:30 – 12:00 Visiting Lumibird
12:00 – 14:00 Drive and lunch at Rosa Louise restaurant (14 Rue Gaspard Monge, 22300 Lannion)
14:00 – 15:30 Visiting KERDRY
15:45 – 16:00 Drive to the hotel

18:25 Landing to Brest Bretagne Airport
19:15 Bus transfer from Brest Bretagne Airport (optional)
19:15 – 20:35 Drive to the to the recommended hotel/dinner place

20:00 – 22:30 Pre – Event Dinner @ Jo’Ker (Kasino Perros-Guirec) Restaurant (address: 45 Bd Joseph le Bihan, 22700 Perros-Guirec, France)

12 June, Wednesday 

12:45 Meet in the lobby of Grand Hotel Perros-Guirec

12:45-13:00 Walk from Grand Hotel Perros-Guirec to the Palais des Congrès – Perros Guirec ( conference venue ~350 m)

Main agenda: 

13:00 – 13:50 Registration & networking lunch @ Palais des Congrès – Perros Guirec (conference venue)
13:50 – 14:00 Welcoming by EPIC – Antonio Castelo, Technology Manager
14:00 – 14:30 Welcoming and introduction to Photonics BretagnePhotonics Bretagne: Innovative Photonics Network in Brittany & RTO dedicated to Specialty Optical Fibers – David Mechin, Director (France)

14:30 – 15:45 SESSION 1: Fibers for Lasers

  • Fluence TechnologyQuest for Designing the Perfect Ultrafast Fiber Laser Power Amplifier – Jacek Sobków, R&D Team Leader (Poland)
  • LEUKOSSpecialty Fibers for Supercontinuum Generation – Guillaume Huss, CEO & Founder (France)
  • GLOPhotonicsHollow Core Photonic Crystal Fibers: Guiding the Ultrafast Lasers – Jean Sauvage-Vincent, CEO (France)
  • Coherent PM Single-mode Er:Yb Fiber for High Power 1.5 um Laser Systems – Jovanie Razafindrakoto, Market Development Manager – Fiber & Beam Delivery Components (France)

15:45 – 16:30 Networking coffee break

16:30 – 18:30 SESSION 2: Fibers for Sensing

  • KEYNOTE: SNCF Réseau – Gabriel Papaiz Garbini, Project Manager Fiber Optics Sensing (France)
  • FBGS Fiber Optic Sensing Concepts for Minimally Invasive Surgery – Christian Voigtländer, R&D Manager (Germany)
  • OFS OpticsImaging and Sensing via Specialty Optical Fibers – Udo Fetzer, Key Account Manager (Germany)
  • ProximionAdvanced FBGs for Sensing and Dispersion Control – Gunnar Hedin, CTO (Sweden)
  • RISEImproving Distributed Optical Fibre Sensing Systems by Specialty Coatings on As-drawn Fibres – Kenny Hey Tow, Senior Scientist (Sweden)
  • Idil Fibres OptiquesFirst Deployment of a 6-km Long Fiber-optic Strain cable and a Seafloor Geodetic Network across an Active Submarine Fault – Lionel Quetel, Product Line Manager (France)

18:30-18:45 Walk from Palais des Congrès – Perros Guirec to the dinner place (~850 m)
19:00 – 22:30 Networking dinner @ L’Agapa Hotel restaurant Le Belouga (address: 12 rue des Bons Enfants, 22700 Perros Guirec, France)
22:30 Walk from the dinner place to the Grand Hotel Perros-Guirec (~900 m)

13 June, Thursday 

08:15 Walk from Grand Hotel Perros-Guire to Palais des Congrès – Perros Guirec
08:30 – 09:10 Welcoming coffee break @ Palais des Congrès – Perros Guirec
09:10 – 09:15 Recap by EPIC

09:15 – 09:45 KEYNOTE: ExailExail Photonics : the « Wow » effect – Benoit Cadier, General Manager Photonics Division (France)

09:45 – 10:30 SESSION 3: Fiber Preparation and Characterization

  • SEDI-ATI Fibres Optiques – Hervé Aube, Business Line Manager (France)
  • Arden PhotonicsCharacterising Specialty Fibers in the AI Age – David Robinson, CEO (United Kingdom)
  • NYFORS – Erik Böttcher, CEO (Sweden)

10:30 – 11:15 Networking coffee break

11:15 – 12:45 SESSION 4: Fiber for Light Transmission

  • KEYNOTE: Orange Labs Potentialities of Hollow-Core Fibers for Optical Access Networks (FTTx) – Philippe Chanclou, Team Manager (France)
  • Infinera – Harald Bock, VP Network & Technology Strategy (Germany)
  • Le Verre Fluore – Samuel Poulain, CEO (France)
  • Vanguard AutomationConnecting and Packaging Multi-Core Fibers with Photonic Wire Bonding (PWB) – Simon Stöhr, Team Lead Software (Germany)
  • CORACTIVE – Martin Nunez, CTO (Canada)

12:45 – 14:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 – 14:20 Bus transfer from Palais des Congrès – Perros Guirec  to Photonics Bretagne

14:30 – 17:30 Company tour @ Photonics Bretagne and @ Oxxius (in parallel)
17:30 – 19:00 Company tour @ Idil Fibres Optiques

16:45 Bus transfer from the company tour to Brest Airport

16:45 – 18:30 Drive to Brest Airport. The last flight for Paris CDG will leave at 19:15, so we recommend you to stay one night at Brest or in Paris when you’ll arrive (you’ll have more connection flight options the day after).

Accommodation & transportation

The recommended hotel is Grand Hotel Perros-Guirec (address: 45 Bd Joseph le Bihan, 22700 Perros-Guirec, France).  We are happy to provide a 10% discount on the room booking made with this recommended hotel. To benefit from this special condition, please reach the hotel for your reservation (phone number: +33(0) 2 96 49 80 80) and mention that you’re attending an EPIC event. The discount will apply only on nights around the event.

The bus transfers will be organized from/to it to/from the conference venue as well as companies visits. You can also book any other hotel within a walking distance in case it is easy for you to come for the bus transfers.

If you arrive with your own car, we recommend to use this parking.


Palais des Congrès – Perros Guirec, on the sea front and 15 minutes by car from Lannion, see it on MAP

Exact address: Palais des Congrès – 1 Rue du Maréchal Foch, 22700 Perros-Guirec


David Méchin received a PhD in Optoelectronics from the University of Saint-Etienne. He studied Bragg grating based optical add drop multiplexers in the research labs of France Telecom and Highwave Optical Technologies in Lannion (France). He then worked on various topics in the field of nonlinear optics in fibres in the Physics Department of the University of Auckland and at Southern Photonics in New Zealand. David is Director of Photonics Bretagne since 2012.

Key Account Manager at OFS Optics
Business Line Manager at SEDI-ATI Fibres Optiques
Vice President Network & Technology Strategy at Infinera
Market Development Manager - Fiber & Beam Delivery Components at Coherent
General Manager Photonics Division at Exail
Team Manager at Orange Labs
R&D Team Leader at Fluence Technology
Senior Scientist at RISE
CEO & Founder at LEUKOS
Project Manager Fiber Optics Sensing at SNCF Réseau
Simon Stöhr
Team Lead Software at Vanguard Automation
Product Line Manager at Idil Fibres Optiques

More attendees will be announced soon.

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