Conference Site - City of Light, Jena

Germany consists of 16 partly sovereign federal states, with the Free State of Thuringia and its city of light, Jena, located in the heart of Germany. Well-known international corporations as well as small and medium-sized enterprises have contributed to the long-standing tradition of the “Optics Valley” and the fame of the city of Jena, which is also known as the cradle of European optics and photonics. The dense network of high-tech companies and renowned research institutes combines tradition and innovation to drive cutting-edge technologies. Together, they set international standards for high-precision optics, high-power fiber lasers, and optical quantum technologies, for example.

Optics region - Thuringia

Economic data in the field of optical technologies

  • Enterprises: 180
  • Turnover: ~ 3,3 B€
  • R&D rate: 12 %
  • Export rate: 67 %
  • Employees: 16,200
  • Employees of which in research institutes: 1,600
  • Turnover development since 2008: + 5 % p.a.
Source: OptoNet e.V., 2019

Interesting facts about Jena

Smart and innovative

  • 33.5 % of all employees have a university degree (average for major German cities is approx. 17 %).
  • The innovative strength in Jena is demonstrated by the about 250 patents registered here every year (per 100,000 inhabitants, average for Germany: 59 per year).
Source: JenaWirtschaft, 2021

MOC2022 Venues in Jena

Jena is a livable city and has a good size, so you can get from A to B quickly. Most of the venues for MOC2022 are located at the Beutenberg-Campus in Jena. The rest of the program takes place in the city center of Jena.
Venues at Beutenberg-Campus in Jena (see map)
  • Main venue: Abbe-Zentrum Beutenberg – AZB
  • Poster session: Abbe Center of Photonics – AZP
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF
Venues in the city center of Jena
  • Conference Dinner – Zeiss-Planetarium Jena
  • Micro Concert – Volksbad Jena (under consideration)

How to reach us

by plane

Airport Berlin

Starting from airport Berlin on the A9 motorway to the south (direction Munich) up to the Hermsdorfer
Kreuz. Here you have to change the motorway, follow the A4 motorway westward (direction Frankfurt) and leave it at the exit Jena-Göschwitz, further see instructions for arriving with car.

Airport Leipzig/ Halle

Starting from airport Leipzig/ Halle on the A9 motorway to the south (direction Munich) up to the Hermsdorfer Kreuz. Here you have to change the motorway, follow the A4 motorway westward (direction Frankfurt) and leave it at the exit Jena-Göschwitz, further see instructions for arriving with car.

Airport Frankfurt

Starting from airport Frankfurt on the A5 motorway (direction Hannover/Westkreuz). The A5 motorway automatically merges with the A7. Continue on the A7 and then take the exit “Berlin/Dresden/Erfurt/Bad Hersfeld/A4” to follow the A4 to Jena. Leave it at the exit Jena-Göschwitz, further see instructions for arriving with car.

Airport Munich

Starting from airport Munich on the A9 motorway to the north (direction Berlin/Dresden/Bayreuth) up to the Hermsdorfer Kreuz. Here you have to change the motorway, follow the A4 motorway westward (direction Frankfurt) and leave it at the exit Jena-Göschwitz, further see instructions for arriving with car.

Airport Erfurt

Or starting from airport Erfurt on the A4 motorway direction Dresden to exit Jena-Göschwitz.

How to reach us

by car

From the north (Berlin) or south (Munich), take the A9 motorway to Hermsdorfer Kreuz, then the A4 motorway in the direction of Erfurt – Frankfurt/Main.

Leave the A4 motorway at the exit Jena-Göschwitz, follow the federal highway B 88 into town (Zentrum) on Rudolstädter Strasse.

After ca. 5 km, go left on Winzerlaer Straße (there is a traffic light). Follow this road and the signs to “Beutenberg Campus”.

Turn left onto Hans-Knöll-Strasse, the campus site north. The Abbe-Zentrum Beutenberg is the brown building on the left site. 

How to reach us

by train and city bus

If you take the route from north (Berlin), south (Munich) or east (Dresden) you will arrive at the station Jena-Paradies. Please go to the bus stop on Teichgraben (5 minutes into the city) and take the bus number 10, 11, or 12 (direction Beutenberg, Ammerbach, Burgaupark). Step off the bus at “Beutenberg Campus” and turn right on Hans-Knöll-Strasse and walk uphill to the Abbe-Zentrum Beutenberg (see map of Beutenberg-Campus above).

If you take the route from west (Frankfurt/Main), leave the train at Jena-Westbahnhof. You have to change for Jena in either Weimar or Erfurt. Leave the station via the stairs to the underpass. Then walk ca. 3 minutes down Westbahnhofstrasse until the end, then turn left and pass under the bridge; cross the street to the bus stop Westbahnhofstrasse and take the bus number 10, 11, or 12 (direction Beutenberg, Ammerbach, Burgaupark) and follow the directions above.

How to reach us

by coach

Next to the train station “Jena Paradies” is also Jena’s bus station. Get off there if you are traveling by coach. Further see instructions for arriving by train and city bus.