25th Congress of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) • 16th International Conference on Optics Within Life Sciences (OWLS)

Silver Sponsors

Delta Optical Thin Film A/S

Delta Optical Thin Film A/S
(Hørsholm, Denmark)

Delta Optical Thin Film A/S is the leading supplier of advanced, high-performance continuously variable filters commonly used in a variety of biomedical imaging applications including fluorescence microscopy, Hyperspectral Imaging, compact spectrometers, monochromators and micro-plate readers among others.

Delta Optical Thin Film also provides single, multiband, laser-line and broadband band pass filters, long pass filters, short pass filters, dichroic and polarizing beam splitters along with other custom coated optical components. All filters can be delivered in different shapes and sizes down to tiny filters for Point-of-Care (PoC) instruments, fully tested – both spectrally and visually – with dedicated equipment.

Delta Optical Thin Film offers a wide range of high efficiency durable hard coated filters that have set the standard for high performance and precise operation. With its unique design tools and decades of experience, Delta can provide highly competitive standard filters and customised filters and optical components to exacting customer specific applications.

Delta Optical Thin Film produces all optical filters exclusively as modern Ultra-Hard-Coated filters. Ultra-Hard-Coated (UHC) filters are produced with an advanced plasma process that enables a much higher packing density than traditional hard coatings. The coating is deposited on a single substrate and hence does not make use of glue or colour glass. The resulting filters are exceptionally robust and can withstand intense light and humidity without losing their performance.



(Dresden, Germany)

With 60 years of experience with electron beam processes and 45 years in magnetron technology, both for industrial production and for research and development, VON ARDENNE is one of the leading providers of equipment and technologies in PVD thin-film technology and vacuum process technology. Thanks to this expertise, we have managed to supply over 500 vacuum coating systems to our customers all over the world. We are well prepared to turn your product property requirements into efficient and competitive coating solutions based on various modular assembly systems like batch, cluster, inline or drum coater configurations.

Precision optics have been in increasing demand for the last couple of years. This market will grow even further advanced by mega trends such as autonomous driving, the internet of things, virtual reality but also new solutions for communication technology, medical or measuring technology.

A crucial prerequisite for precision optics to function is high-precision coatings that make use of the interference properties and, thereby, provide the desired characteristics. Thanks to its experience in developing and manufacturing vacuum coating equipment, the VON ARDENNE Group possesses a profound understanding of the physical processes that are necessary for vacuum coating and extensive expertise in how to use them for a multitude of different applications.

This knowledge is the basis for the development of many different equipment platforms, that are distinguished by the technology they use, their productivity and flexibility. VON ARDENNE coating technology solutions cover the whole spectrum of requirements, from research and development to pilot production to mass production.



All Sponsors listed above are also Exhibitors at the "25th Congress of the International Commission on Optics (ICO-25) and the 16th International Conference on Optics in the Life Sciences (OWLS-16)".

Further exhibitors are:

Landeshauptstadt Dresden - Amt für Wirtschaftsförderung

Landeshauptstadt Dresden - Amt für Wirtschaftsförderung
(Dresden, Germany)

Dresden is one of Germany's strongest economic hubs. This is where innovations in the fields of electrical engineering, medicine, life sciences and optics are tapping into the markets of the future. Dresden on the basis of extensive synergies, offers exceptional conditions for the location of high-tech companies. Dresden is home to more than 45 scientific and research institutions. Light microscopy and biomedical optics are indispensable in the Dresden’s Biotec hub. Areas such as digital health and artificial intelligence are gaining noticeably in importance. The potential of highly qualified specialists, a research sector strongly focussed on practical applications, as well as internationally oriented networks all make for a highly advantageous exchange between business and science.


Hamamatsu Photonics Deutschland GmbH

Hamamatsu Photonics Deutschland GmbH
(Herrsching a. Ammersee, Germany)

Hamamatsu Photonics is a leading manufacturer of optoelectronic detectors, light sources and systems. These include photomultipliers, photodiodes, infrared detectors, image sensors, highly sensitive cameras, laser diodes, discharge lamps, X-ray detectors and sources as well as special systems for semiconductor manufacturing, pharmaceutical development, non-destructive testing and academic research.

Our passion is to improve life through photonic technologies. Based on this corporate philosophy, we continuously develop new products for scientific, industrial and commercial applications. Hamamatsu Photonics is one of the innovation leaders in photonics worldwide. We support our customers through a global network of subsidiaries.


Menlo Systems GmbH

Menlo Systems GmbH
(Martinsried, Germany)

Menlo Systems GmbH is a leading developer and global supplier of instrumentation for high-precision metrology. The company with headquarters in Martinsried near Munich is known for its Nobel Prize winning optical frequency comb technology. With subsidiaries in the US and China and a global distributor network, Menlo Systems is closely connected to its customers from science and industry. The main product lines are optical frequency combs, time and frequency distribution, terahertz systems, ultrafast and ultrastable lasers, and corresponding control electronics. Besides standard production, Menlo Systems develops and manufactures custom made solutions for laser-based precision measurements.


scia Systems GmbH

scia Systems GmbH
(Chemnitz, Germany)

scia Systems is a full range supplier for precise surface processing equipment, based on advanced ion beam and plasma technologies. The systems are applicable for coating, etching and cleaning processes, especially for the MEMS, microelectronics and precision optics industries , in both, high volume production as well as research and development environments.

scia Systems stands for highly reliable equipment to meet expectation for today and the future. Due to their flexible and modular design, the systems can be configured according to customer specific requirements. Amongst others by combining several vacuum process chambers into cluster or in-line solutions. Together with our worldwide service partners, we offer comprehensive service and superior technology support.

Technology Portfolio

  • Ion Beam Trimming (IBT)
  • Ion Beam Etching and Milling (IBE/IBM)
  • Dual Ion Beam Sputtering (DIBS)
  • Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD)
  • Reactive Ion Etching (RIE)
  • Magnetron Sputtering
  • Dry Cleaning


Schott AG

Schott AG
(Mainz, Germany)

SCHOTT Advanced Optics, with its deep technological expertise, is a valuable partner in developing products and customized solutions for applications in optics, lithography, astronomy, opto-electronics, life sciences, architecture, and research. With a product portfolio of more than 120 optical glasses, special materials and components, we master the value chain: from customized glass development to high-precision optical product finishing and metrology. Your Partner for Excellence in Optics.
Contact: info.optics@schott.com



Sponsoring and Exhibition

If you're interested in the Opportunities for Sponsoring and Exhibition Booth at the 25th Congress of the International Commission on Optics (ICO-25) and the 16th International Conference on Optics in the Life Sciences (OWLS-16),
please find the following PDF File below.

It contains all Information regarding Sponsoring and Exhibition, aswell as Contact Data and the Registration Form.


Appreciation of OWLS

Light has the potential to recognize the origins of diseases, to prevent them, or to cure them early and gently. This is one of the central topics of the International Society Within Life Sciences (OWLS), which was founded at the ICO-15 Congress in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, in 1990. Therefore, the 25th ICO General Congress is held for the first time jointly with the 16th International Conference of the - ICO International Society Member - OWLS and a special commemorative event of the 30 years anniversary of the foundation of OWLS in Germany will be organized.


Important Dates

13 - 17 September 2021
25th Congress of the International Commission for Optics (ICO)
16th International Conference and 30 Years Anniversary of the International Society on Optics Within Life Sciences (OWLS)

Important Information

A Special Issue of the Journal of the European Optical Society – Rapid Publications (JEOS:RP) with papers from the congress ICO-25-OWLS-16-Dresden-Germany-2021 is planned. The general chair of the congress, Prof Juergen Czarske is associate editor of the JEOS:RP: jeos.springeropen.com


TU Dresden
01062 Dresden, Germany