Fraunhofer IWS hosts dedicated workshops and conferences to update you on the latest research and development activities in laser, surface and materials technology. We also actively support our partner institutes and networks in organizing events and training courses to promote technology transfer between science and industry.

Workshops and Conferences


14.06.2024 / Dresden
Organizer: State Capital Dresden

21st Dresden Science Night

Under the motto “Science Power Circle @Fraunhofer IWS“

this year you can experience science at our institute in a very active and entertaining way. Our researchers are already working on exciting experiments and formats to involve you in the research work in a light-footed way and, of course, to impress you.


26.–30.08.2024 / Dresden
Organizer: Fraunhofer IWS & TU Dresden

13th International Summer School

Trends and New Developments in Laser Technology

The five days workshop aims to bring together undergraduate and PhD students in an intensive study program on fundamental and applied aspects of laser technology. 


10.–11.09.2024 / Dresden
Organizer: Fraunhofer IWS

Dry Coating Forum

Shaping the Future of Dry Battery Electrode Processing

The Dry Coating Forum is a forum for material suppliers, equipment manufacturers, cell makers and end users to exchange information about current trends, developments and challenges in the field of dry coating technologies.


19.09.2024 / Online Workshop
Organizer: Fraunhofer IWS

Advanced Adsorption Techniques and Applications

The online workshop brings together experts from the adsorption and materials science community to exchange on innovative methods and devices for adsorber materials in areas such as CO2 capture, water harvesting, toxic gas abatement and personal protection.


15.–21.09.2024 / Berlin, Dresden, Jena, Braunschweig
Organizer: Fraunhofer Group Light & Surfaces

Summer School “Fraunhofer Photonica“

Get to Know Leading Photonics Research Institutes across Germany

20 young scientists have the opportunity to discover photonics research at leading photonics research institutes. Even before graduating their master’s studies, students can broaden their knowledge on photonics research and applications.


11.–12.11.2024 / Dresden
Organizer: Fraunhofer IWS

11th Workshop “Lithium-Sulfur Batteries“

Lithium-sulfur batteries are envisaged to enable energy storage devices with high specific energy at low material cost. The recent research provides significant progress in terms of materials for active and passive cell components as well as on understanding of mechanisms finally leading to improved Li-S cell performance.


26.–27.11.2024 / Online
Organizer: Fraunhofer IWS

LAwave User Meeting

Fast and Non-destructive Testing with Laser Acoustics 

The LAwave User Meeting is a virtual event that for the first time will bring together experts from the coating and material science community that are already benefitting from the LAwave technology and those who are interested in it. 


12.–13.03.2025 / Berlin
Organizer: Fraunhofer Competence Field Additive Manufacturing

Fraunhofer DDMC 2025

Fraunhofer Direct Digital Manufacturing Conference

The DDMC is a bi-annual cutting-edge forum for discussion on Additive Manufacturing, including its application in industry and the environmental impact of such new manufacturing technologies. Impact on health, sustainability and society will also be discussed.


21.–23.05.2025 / Dresden
Organizer: Fraunhofer IWS

ISAM 2025

6th International Symposium on Additive Manufacturing

ISAM 2025 offers a unique platform for the latest developments, perspectives and applications in additive manufacturing and brings together developers, users and enthusiasts from industry and research.