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Photonics PhD Days 24th-26th January, 2024

This three-day, fully English-speaking event, aims to bring together PhD students, research centres and companies from the field of photonics, and to explore entrepreneurship.

On the agenda: conferences, PhD pitches, PhD posters, “PhD to Startup” workshop, 1-to-1 appointments with CEOs, networking, and visits to industry and research facilities.

Photonics PhD Days are co-organised by Photonics Bretagne, Anticipa, ENSSAT and Institut Foton, and sponsored by Optica and Photonics4Industry.

This event is a safe space to all : All attendees are expected to adhere to the highest professional standards and show courtesy and respect to one another. By registering, you commit to the Code of Conduct.

The Photonics PhD Days adhere to the principle of the free movement of scientist as outlined by the ICO guidelines.

Free event but registration required
Closing date for registration: Friday, January 12th 2024

Onsite event | Event in English

Photonics PhD Days
24th-26th January, 2024
located in ENSSAT in Lannion (Brittany, France)

> You are a PhD student in photonics:

This event is for you! Come and pitch your PhD, then unlock your entrepreneurial potential with a case study… maybe your own PhD topic!

  • Take part in a “PhD to Startup” Workshop (8 hours over 2 days), which will count towards your Doctoral School training (France)
  • Pitch your PhD in 3 minutes (for 3rd or 4th year PhD students)
  • Display a poster and present your work in 3 minutes (for 2nd year PhD students)
  • Discuss entrepreneurship and careers in 1to1 appointments with CEOs
  • Attend conferences about support and funding schemes for startup, as well as a round-table session in which CEOs will share their experience
  • Visit local industry and research facilities
  • Meet other PhD students, researchers and industry leaders during informal networking sessions and expand your European network


> You are not a PhD student:

This event is also for you! Come and discover the latest scientific research in the field of photonics and meet your potential next partners or engineers!

  • Get up to date with the latest scientific research in photonics
  • Meet our young talents in photonics research and engineering
  • Share your own vision of the photonics industry
  • Discover the photonics expertise from Brittany by meeting and visiting companies and labs
  • Meet your next potential partner or R&D engineers, maybe!

Wednesday 24th January

9h30-9h45 Welcome & Coffee
9h45-9h50 Introduction of the local photonics ecosystem  | Photonics Bretagne
9h50-10h00 Presentation of the support from the Technopole | Anticipa
10h00-11h00 PhD Pitches
11h00-11h45 Poster session and coffee break
11h45-12h45 Round-table: CEOs success stories
12h45-14h00 Luncheon cocktail and networking
14h00-14h30 Transfer to the “Centre Hédraou”
14h30-18h30 “PhD to Startup” workshop (1/2)

Thursday 25th January

9h00-12h30 Visits of local industry and research facilities
12h30-14h00 Lunch for the workshop attendees
14h00-18h00 “PhD to Startup” workshop (2/2)

Friday 26th January

9h15-10h15 Startup project pitches
10h15-10h30 Jury deliberation
10h30-10h50 Optica presentation
10h50-11h20 Project feedback and best startup award
11h20-11h30 Concluding remarks
11h30-12h30 One-to-One meetups with CEOs
12h30-14h00 Luncheon cocktail and networking

Eight hours over 2 days to go from thesis to startup, in a friendly environment and idyllic surroundings facing the sea.

Working in small groups, you will use one of the thesis topics pitched earlier in the event to create a fictitious startup.

The workshop will be partially supervised to give you the key elements. You will also have two free evenings to work with your group at your own pace, if you wish to do so.

On the last day, you will pitch your startup to a jury. The best startup will be rewarded!

This workshop time will count towards your Doctoral School training (France).

Reserved to PhD students participating to the workshop (8 hours over 2 days).

Photonics Bretagne & partners are happy to provide all the logistics free of charge from January 24th to 26th:

  • accommodation for up to 3 nights,
  • all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner),
  • all transfers on site, if you need it.

You will be staying in the workshop venue: the Centre Hédraou is located in Perros-Guirec, near Lannion (Brittany / France), facing the sea and with a direct access to the beach.

Free time is planned, so that you can fully enjoy the place and the idyllic environment.

Photonics Bretagne is part of Photonics4Industry, a European project that aims to support photonics SMEs, Universities and research centres to travel and network beyond their usual reach.

Thanks to this project, Photonics Bretagne is happy to grant a 450 € travel voucher to assist PhD Students and SME representatives towards their travel expenses.

Eligible organizations are SMEs or research institutes based in a foreign COSME country (ie not France) who are members of a cluster or who are clusters themselves. They must not have participated in a ClusterXchange event before.

Please note: The grant is awarded to organizations, not to individuals.

To apply for the grant, simply get in touch with Dr Gwenaëlle LEFEUVRE

Brittany has established itself as a global centre for innovation in photonics thanks to its innovative SMEs and the excellence of its research centres and photonics higher education institutions.

In a similar fashion to the North-American Science Parks, Brittany can boast of its own Photonics Park in Lannion, where most of the activity in photonics is concentrated. The Photonics Park includes a business centre, a technology platform and an incubator. The local photonics sector itself employs close to 1,000 people in around 30 SMEs and institutions. It also benefits from many cutting-edge facilities allowing for great innovation capabilities.