16-18 April 2024
EPIC Annual General Meeting 2024
Juan Les Pins, Nice, France

EPIC Members
450.00 Excl. VAT

This is EPIC’s premier executive event, with attendance consisting primarily of CEOs and CTOs. This year we are combining the traditional EPIC AGM, dedicated for CEOs strategic topics (Innovation, Entrepreneurship, New Markets, Investment, etc.) and the World Technology Summit oriented to CTOs to discuss the challenges, trends and opportunities in photonics technologies. We expect to have 300 photonics experts and leaders attending this event. But foremost, this is an amazing networking event!


NETWORKING: EPIC meetings are very much focused on networking. As an example, you can view the previous edition’s participant’s biography and company descriptions HERE as well as the photo gallery HERE.

REGISTRATION: The event is mainly on invitation, if you have not received a direct personal invitation or are unsure if you can attend, please contact EPIC. If your company is not member but you would like to participate, please contact EPIC. The event is open to EPIC members, photonics integrators and end-users, and invited participants, preferably but not strictly limited to 1 participant per company. Participation early bird fee is 450 EUR (excl. VAT) until 31 December 2023. From 01 January 2024, the price is 520 EUR (excl. VAT).

VENUE: The event is taking place at the Palais des Congres of Juan-Les-Pins located 20 minutes by car or train from the airport of Nice, the second best connected airport of France allowing convenient access for international travelers. Juan-les-Pins, a town in the commune of Antibes, is known for its long sandy beaches and seafront promenade. The ideal venue to host the inaugural EPIC SUMMIT!

ACCOMMODATION: Please click HERE to book your hotel for the event, you will be redirected to the hotel platform created for the EPIC Summit. There are 1000 hotel rooms within 10-minutes walk, from all categories.

EXHIBITION: There is room for 50 exhibitors, priority for French companies as the hosting country.

Speakers & Programme

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS EPIC SUMMIT 2024 (total 25 speakers, no parallel sessions)

EPIC AGM Annual General Meeting

  • Axel Kupisiewicz, CEO, LASEA (Belgium) talk on Entrepreneurship (Laser equipment manufacturer)
  • Michael Heuken, VP Advanced Technologies, Aixtron (Germany) talk on 40 years of innovation for the photonics industry at AIXTRON (what worked and what didn’t)
  • Eicke Weber, Chair European Solar Manufacturing Council, Former Director Fraunhofer ISE, Prof. Emeritus UC Berkeley, (Germany) talk on Photovoltaic manufacturing competitiveness
  • Moyra McManus, Director, Strategic Sourcing, ASML (Netherlands)

Market Track

  • Andrew Brown, Senior Director, SPIE (USA/Global)
  • Benoît d’Humières, Partner, Tematys (France) talk on Market Trends in Photonics
  • Chris Yates, Partner, Vision Ventures (United Kingdom/Germany) talk on Market Trends in Vision industry
  • Sanjai Parthasarathi, Chief Marketing Officer, Coherent (USA) talk on Market opportunities for Lasers
  • Mike Ersoni, EVP, Excelitas (USA) talk on Market opportunities for Photonics

Business Track

  • Jennifer Cable, President, Thorlabs (USA) talk on Photonics, Sustainability
  • Jean Schmitt, Managing Partner, Jolt Capital (France) talk on Innovation & Investment
  • Ingolf Cedra, Managing Director, Hübner (Germany) talk on Investment
  • Chantal Germain, Head of Photonics Division, HEF Groupe (France) talk on Investment
  • Georg Draude, General Manager, Chroma Technology (Germany)

 Technology Track

  • Sir David Payne, Professor, University of Southampton (United Kingdom) talk on Fiber
  • Pim Kat, CEO, Amazec Photonics (Netherlands) talk on Medical
  • Qitao Lue, CTO, Han’s Laser (China) talk on Laser
  • Arvind Patel, CEO, SLTL (India) talk on Laser
  • Jacob Riis Folkenberg, VP Technology, FOSS Analytical (Denmark) talk on Food and Agriculture
  • Philippe Chanclou, Team Manager Fixed Access Networks, Orange Labs (France) talk on Datacom
  • Christophe Peroz, Program Development Lead, Google (USA/Switzerland) talk on Augmented Reality


15 April 2024, Monday

  • 09:00-18:00 Company Visits
  • 18:00-22:00 Networking Dinner

16 April 2024, Tuesday

  • 09:00-16:00 Company Visits
  • 15:00-16:00 Registration & Networking Coffee Break & Exhibition
  • 16:00-19:30 EPIC AGM Annual General Meeting 2024 (EPIC members only)
  • 16:00-17:15 EPIC AGM
  • 17:15-18:00 Networking Aperitif & Exhibition
  • 18:00-19:30 EPIC AGM Speakers (4 speakers)
  • 19:30-22:00 Networking Dinner all participants at Plage les Pirates

17 April 2024, Wednesday

  • 07:00-08:30 Swim/Run/Walk and Breakfast
  • 08:30-09:30 Registration & Networking Coffee Break & Exhibition
  • 09:30-18:00 EPIC SUMMIT 2024
  • 09:30-11:00 EPIC SUMMIT (4 speakers)
  • 11:00-11:45 Networking Coffee Break
  • 11:45-13:00 EPIC SUMMIT (3 speakers)
  • 13:00-14:30 Networking Lunch
  • 14:30-16:00 EPIC SUMMIT (4 speakers)
  • 16:00-17:00 Networking Coffee Break & Exhibition
  • 17:00-18:00 EPIC SUMMIT (3 speakers)
  • 18:00-18:15 EPIC CEO Award 2024
  • 18:15-19:00 Exhibition
  • 19:00-22:00 Networking Dinner all participants at Rooftop Congress Centre

 18 April, Thursday

  • 08:15–09:00 Networking Coffee Break & Exhibition
  • 09:00–13:00 EPIC SUMMIT 2024
  • 09:00-10:30 EPIC SUMMIT (4 speakers)
  • 10:30-11:15 Networking Coffee Break
  • 11:15-13:00 EPIC SUMMIT (4 speakers)
  • 13:00–15:00 Networking Lunch & Exhibition
  • 15:00 END OF EPIC SUMMIT 2024
  • 15:00-22:00 Social programme

 19 April 2024, Friday

  • 09:00-15:00 Social programme
Michael Heuken
VP Advanced Technologies at Aixtron
Chief Marketing Officer at Coherent
President at Thorlabs
Managing Partner at Jolt Capital
Managing Director at Hübner Photonics
Head of Photonics Division at HEF Groupe
David Payne
Qitao Lue
Vice President Technology at FOSS Analytical
Team Manager Fixed Access Networks at Orange Labs
Program Development Lead at Google
Director, Strategic Sourcing at ASML
General Manager at Chroma Technology

More speakers will be announced soon.


More attendees will be announced soon.

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