6-7 September 2023
EPIC Technology Meeting on Photonics in Defense
Kielce, Poland

In cooperation with
EPIC Members
290.00 Excl. VAT
Invited companies
290.00 Excl. VAT
490.00 Excl. VAT

Photonics is revolutionizing the defense industry, providing more accurate and reliable ways to detect and neutralize threats. From sophisticated sensors to powerful lasers, photonic technologies are providing new levels of precision, efficiency and safety. With the ability to detect and classify threats more accurately, to provide long-range target destruction, and to enable secure communications, data analysis and information sharing, these technologies are becoming an essential tool in the fight against global threats. Photonics also offers a great deal of flexibility and scalability, allowing for the development of specialized solutions to fit the needs of any defense organization.

The purpose of this EPIC event on “Photonics in Defense” in Kielce, Poland, organized during the 31st International Defense Industry Exhibition MSPO, is to critically review the main and most promising photonics emerging technologies addressing Defense applications as well as give an overview of the main challenges. EPIC will make highly relevant experts from the industry and R&D meet together to bring the discussion to another level.


5 September, Tuesday

Check in @ VIENNA HOUSE MOKOTOW BY WYNDHAM WARSAW hotel (address: Postępu 4, 02-676, Warsaw)

15:30 Departure by us transfer from the Vienna hotel to VIGO Photonics

16:00 – 18:00 Visiting VIGO Photonics. Number of participants limited. 

18:00 Bus transfer from VIGO Photonics to Vienna hotel

18:30 – 21:30 Dinner @ Vienna hotel


6 September, Wednesday

08:30 Departure by bus transfer from Vienna hotel to Łukasiewicz Research Network

09:00 – 10:30 Visiting Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Microelectronics and Photonics. Number of participants limited. 

10:40 Departure by the bus transfer from Łukasiewicz Research Network to Hotel Europa Starachowice 

12:00 – 13:30 Registration and lunch @ Hotel Europa Starachowice (address: ul. Radomska 76a, 27-200, Starachowice)

13:30 – 13:40 Welcoming words by Jeremy Picot-Clemente, Photonics Technology Manager at EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium

13:40 – 15:00 SESSION 1: Emerging Imaging and Sensing technologies for Defense
13:40 – 14:10 KEYNOTE: Thales – Eric Belhaire, Head of Electro-Optical Technologies (France)
14:10 – 14:25 VIGO Photonics – Przemysław Kalinowski, FPA Strategic Program Director (Poland)
14:25 – 14:40 KERDRYConductive Anti-Reflective Coatings for ECM Shielding Management and Heating Windows in Harsh Environments – Jorge Julian Sanchez Martinez, Sales and Business Development Senior (France)

15:00 – 15:45 Networking coffee break

15:45  -18:15 SESSION 2: Secure Optical Communication for Defense 
16:45 – 17:00 Aircision – Daniele Raiteri, CTO (The Netherlands) 
17:15 – 17:30 SAES Getters  Advanced Getter Solutions for High Reliability Packaging of Optoelectronic and RF Devices – Davide Frigerio, Business Development EMEA (Italy)
17:30 – 17:45 GlenairMilitary Grade Opto-Electronic Components & Fibre Optic Interconnects for High-Speed Optical Land, Sea and Air Communications – Davinder Basuita, Photonics Business Development Manager (United Kingdom)

18:30 – 22:00 Dinner @ Hotel Europa Starachowice


7 September, Thursday 

08:30 – 09:30 Bus transfer from Hotel Europa Starachowice to Kielce

10:00 – 10:30 Welcoming coffee @ meeting room at MSPO, Kielce

10:30 – 13:00 SESSION 3: Uses-Cases and Challenges of Photonics Technology in Military Platform
09:30 – 09:45 MBDA – Chris Greenway, Department Head (United Kingdom)
09:45 – 10:15 KEYNOTE: OptecBBOpportunities for Photonics and Quantum Technologies in the Ukrainian Defense Industry – Mike Richardson, Senior Project Manager (Germany)
11:45 – 12:00 Exail – Herve Gouraud, Photonics Sales Director (France)

13:00 – 15:00 Networking lunch

15:00 End of the conference and visiting exhibition


Please book VIENNA HOUSE MOKOTOW BY WYNDHAM WARSAW hotel (address: Postępu 4, 02-676, Warsaw) for 5-6 September, if you are planning to attend the companies visits. You can do this by email kamila.jedras@viennahouse.com mentioning the code EPICDefence2023. Price is 480 PLN/101.27 EUR for a standard single room. The code is valid until 1 August, 2023. 
You can also use any other systems for your booking, like booking.com.

Please urgently book your room at Hotel Europa Starachowice (address: ul. Radomska 76a, 27-200 Starachowice, Poland), where the 1st day of the EPIC event will be held on 6 September. You can book it by booking.com, their website or any other system you are using. This hotel only allows you to book it for minimum 3 days, so it is good, if you are staying for the entire MSPO expo in Kielce (5-8 September, 2023). This hotel is located within 50 km from Kielce.

You can also book another hotel close to Hotel Europa for 1 night, 6-7 September, e.g. Hotel Senator Konferencje & SPA. It is located within 20 min./1.5 km walk from Hotel Europa Starachowice.


Included into the ticket price of this event: 

  • Company visits at VIGO and Łukasiewicz.
  • Bus transfers Warsaw hotel- VIGO – Warsaw hotel – Łukasiewicz- Hotel Europa Starachowice – Kielce during 5-7 September.
  • Meals: 5 September dinner in Warsaw, 6 September lunch, coffee break and dinner in Starachowice, 7 September coffee and lunch in Kielce.
  • Ticket to attend MPSO expo on 7 September.

To attend this event, you need to additionally take care of: 

  • Hotel in Warsaw, if planning to attend VIGO company visit/dinner in Warsaw on 5 September including breakfast.
  • Hotel in Starachowice for 6-7 September including breakfast.
  • Accommodation from 7 September, if planning to stay more time at MSPO.

Transportation from Kielce to airport is not provided. You can check this website for personal arrangements.

Business Development EMEA at SAES Getters
Sales and Business Development Senior at KERDRY
Business Development Manager at Glenair
Photonics Sales Director at Exail
FPA Strategic Program Director at VIGO Photonics
Department Head at MBDA
Head of Electro-Optical Technologies at Thales 
Senior Project Manager at OptecBB

More speakers will be announced soon.


More attendees will be announced soon.

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