Career Accelerator Europe

Understand core skills and expectations in the corporate environment

To compete and succeed in the optics and photonics field today, students and early career professionals need to develop skills inside and outside the lab to understand how to utilize their expertise in this ever-growing and changing sector.


Career Accelerators seek to fill the training and education gap by focusing on career paths and the professional and personal skills needed for success. Our goal with this program is to acquaint students with the corporate world's culture, language, and methodology as they plan their transition from academia to industry.   

Topics include:

  • Leadership development
  • Team building and group dynamics
  • Business strategy
  • Innovation & product development
  • Budgeting & financial management
  • Management & decision-making
  • Marketing & branding
  • Effective communication
  • Negotiating
  • Project management
Rate & Participation Limit

Thanks to the support of our generous Optica Foundation donors, we are able offer a deeply discounted registration fee of US $600. Registration closes 15 May 2024.

Covered by Registration
  • Travel and accommodation at INSELHOTEL Potsdam-Hermannswerder, Germany during 8-12 December 2024.
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and receptions during 8-12 December 2024.
  • Direct connections with leading companies and their representatives participating as speakers.
  • An interactive, life-changing experience that will prepare you for a job at an optics and photonics company.

We have an engaging and informative program featuring thought leaders in optics and photonics.The Career Accelerator begins on Sunday 08 December 2024 and concludes on Thursday 12 December 2024.  To learn more about the topics and speakers featured each day, please click here:



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Logo Optica - Advancing Optics and Photonics Worldwide

08.12.2024 - 12.12.2024


InselHotel Potsdam, Hermannswerder 30, 14473 Potsdam

Dr. Adrian Mahlkow (OpTecBB)
Julie Brown (ASML)
Ulrike Fuchs (asphericon)
Robert Harrison (Sonnenberg Harrison Partnerschaft mbB)
Bettina Heim (OHB-System AG)
Hakan Karlsson (HÜBNER Photonics)
Sven Kiontke (asphericon)
Jose Pozo (Optica)
Michael Richardson (OpTecBB)
Maksym Sich (Aegiq)
Christoph Simon (Coherent)
Mariia Stepanova (Menlo Systems)

Optica - Advancing Optics and Photonics Worldwide
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