Are you looking for a forum where users, manufacturers and developers can intensively exchange ideas on the current state and perspectives of laser technology? Do you appreciate it when you can network with technology suppliers and customers to develop new strategies for your research, products or services and when you can directly profit from their experience in this sector? Then you have found the right event, the AKL.

For the 12th time, laser manufacturers and laser users from various branches will meet at the biannual International Laser Technology Congress AKL form May 2-4, 2018. Featuring 600 participants, 70 speakers and 52 sponsors, the AKL has established itself as the leading forum for applied laser technology in Europe. Supporting organizations include European Commission, European Photonics Consortium EPIC, the Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e.V., European Laser Institute, OptecNet as well as industrial associations such as SPECTARIS, VDA, VDMA and VDI.

Join us and profit from AKL´s international character, thanks to its simultaneous translations in German and English. In addition, you can use the environment of the congress to find out more about the newest technological breakthroughs in over 80 live presentations of the Fraunhofer ILT. We look forward to seeing you there!


Conference Center Aachen
Monheimsallee 48, 52062 Aachen, Germany
Directions Eurogress Aachen

Laser Technology Live at Fraunhofer ILT
Steinbachstr. 15, 52074 Aachen, Germany
May 3, 2018 | 16.30 - 19.30 h
Shuttle Transfer from Eurogress to Fraunhofer ILT

Evening Events
(separate Registration necessary)
May 2, 2018 | 19.00 - 23.00 h
Dinner with Awards Ceremony "Innovation Award Laser Technology 2018"
Coronation Hall, City Hall Aachen, Markt, 52062 Aachen, Germany

May 3, 2018 | 20.00 - 23.00 h
Opening of the Research Ceenter DPP

Program subject to minor changes.


70 Speakers

Laser Technology Live - May 3, 2018

Over 80 Live Presentations and Exhibits at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT and Companies in the Institute´s Application Center.

Sponsors´Exhibition - May 2-4, 2018

52 Laser, Component and System Manufacturers showcase their products at the accompanying conference Exhibition.

Innovation Award

The 10,000 € doped "Innovation Award Laser Technology" is an European research prize awarded every other year by the associations Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e.V. and the European Laser Institute ELI. The award can be conferred on an individual researcher or on an entire project group, whose exceptional skills and dedicated work have led to an outstanding innovation in the field of laser technology. The scientific and technological projects in question must center on the use of laser light in materials processing and the methods of producing such light, and must, furthermore, be of demonstrable commercial value to industry.

The Award Ceremony will take place on May 3, 2018 at the Evening Event of the AKL'18 in the Coronation Hall of Aachen’s Town Hall.

Further Information and Photos at: www.innovation-award-laser.org


Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT
Steinbachstraße 15
52074 Aachen

Phone +49 241 8906-0
Fax +49 241 8906-121

Event Organization

Dipl.-Betrw. Silke Boehr
Phone +49 241 8906-288

Dipl.-Phys. Axel Bauer
Phone +49 241 8906-194


Supporting Organizations