29 September 2019 – 03 October 2019 Austria Center Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Special Events

Welcome ReceptionVienna City Hall

Sunday, 29 September, 17:30 – 19:00, Vienna City Hall

Join fellow Laser Congress attendees at the Opening Reception in the Vienna City Hall, the stunning centrepiece on Rathausplatz that is visually one of the most magnificent pieces of architecture in this beautiful city. City Hall was erected between 1872 and 1883 and was built in gothical style. The Reception will be held in the Festival Hall in an elegant atmosphere with vaulted ceilings, chandeliers, marble and parquet floors.  On the front sides of the hall there are two orchestra niches with corners decorated with relief portraits of four great composers: Mozart, Haydn, Gluck and Schubert. Brilliant lighting is provided by 16 magnificent chandeliers. Learn more about the Festival Hall.

Free to technical attendees, $75.00 US for all others who wish to attend. For directions to the City Hall, click here.

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Recent Trends in Laser Technology and its Applications in Manufacturing Technical Group Panel Discussion

Monday, 30 September, 12:30 - 14:00, Room 0.11-0.12

Join the OSA Lasers in Manufacturing Technical Group for a guided networking session during lunch to bring together international scientists in research and industry to discuss the latest emerging trends in the lasers in manufacturing field. In additional to learning more about the technical group, you will have an opportunity to hear from our featured speakers and have discussions with your fellow attendees on interesting topics such as macro processing, micro processing, additive manufacturing, and future job opportunities in the field. Space for this event is limited; please RSVP to let us know you are interested in attending.

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Student & Early Career Professional Development & Networking Lunch and Learn

Tuesday, 1 October, 11:30 - 12:30, Room 0.11-0.12

This program will provide a unique opportunity for students and early career professionals, who are close to finishing or who have recently finished their doctorate degree, to interact with experienced researchers. Key industry and academic leaders in the community will be matched for each student based on the student's preference or similarity of research interests. Students interested in all career paths – from those seeking an academic position, to those wishing to start a technology business, to those interested government/public service, to those looking to translate their benchwork skills to product development – are encouraged to apply.  Students will have an opportunity to discuss their ongoing research and career plans with their mentor, while mentors will share their professional journey and provide useful tips to those who attend. Lunch will be provided.

This Workshop is complimentary for OSA Members and space is limited. Not all who apply will be able to attend due to space limitations and priority will be given to those who have most recently or are close to graduation. Click here to apply.

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Extreme Laser Sources & Applications

Roundtable, Wednesday, 2 October, 16:00 – 18:00,

Confirmed speakers: Gérard Mourou, Peter Moulton, Andrius Baltuska, Jon Zuegel


Congress BanquetKunsthistorisches Museum

Wednesday, 2 October, 19:00 – 21:00, Kunsthistorisches Museum

Plan on spending an elegant evening with colleagues and friends at the Kunsthistorisches Museum. The Museum was erected in 1871–1891 and was commissioned by the emperor in order to find a suitable shelter for the Habsburgs' formidable art collection and to make it accessible to the general public. With its ornate façade, it is one of the most distinguished and impressive museum buildings of the 19th century.

The interior of the building is beautiful, with its soaring rotunda, dramatic patterned floors and marble halls decorated with frescoes and gold leaf. The magnificent main staircase is one of the highlights of Viennese 19th-century architecture. It is also a treasure trove of art history — from a vast coin collection and unforgettable pieces of ancient Egyptian and Greek art, to rooms dedicated to great European masters featuring 16th- and 17th-century works by German, Dutch, Flemish, and Italian greats. Learn more about the Kunsthistorisches Museum.  

$10.00 fee for registered technical attendees, $95.00 US for all others who wish to attend.

Sponsored by: IPG Photonics


Directed Energy Professional Society Special HEL Defense Applications Session

Thursday, 3 October, 08:00 - 16:30, Room 1.61-1.62

The Directed Energy Professional Society will host a special session that will explore defense applications using High Energy Laser solutions to counter emerging threats to military operations, both domestically and abroad. The session will include international presentations that address their respective mission needs, as well as the state-of the-science that underlies High Energy Laser applications, from the Joint Directed Energy Transition Office. The session is open to Laser Congress attendees from USA, NATO allies, EOP partners, Japan, South Korea, and Switzerland.

The Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS) was founded in 1999 to foster the research, development and transition of Directed Energy (DE) technology for national defense and civil applications through professional communication and education. DEPS intends to be recognized as the premier organization for exchanging information and advocating research, development and application of Directed Energy, which includes both high energy lasers (HEL) and high power microwaves (HPM). DEPS is incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in New Mexico, organized and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes.


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