An event on photonic career opportunities, the CARLA camp Stockholm, hosted by PhotonicSweden and KTH,  took place on May 11 & 12 2022.

137 registered participants, including speakers from Europe and beyond, attended the event packed with talks, panel discussions, networking sessions and career development presentations, to introduce STEM graduates, PhD students and early-stage researchers to the myriad of multidisciplinary careers in photonics.

The Stockholm camp was held in a hybrid format with 26 people who followed the presentations online and 111 people on site at KTH campus.

The program ran over the two afternoons and involved 14 international speakers, 12 pitch talks from companies and an exhibition for the matchmaking of students and companies in the networking area. The first day started with a keynote talk to give an overview of the photonics landscape and job opportunities and was dedicated to introducing photonic careers in academia and industry including needed skills and soft skills. The second day focused on innovation and entrepreneurship and included talks on how to develop personally to become a good entrepreneur. Both days ended with networking in the exhibition area with food and drinks.

Attendees said about the event:

  • Thanks for the fruitful CARLA Camp session. I found it very insightful for my future career in Photonics. (Master student)
  • You must arrange more of this kind of even, this is what we need to meet the students! (company)
  • A big thank you for organising the event last week. We found it very worthwhile to meet students and have the opportunity to promote our company.

On 11 & 12 May from 17:00-20:30 at KTH

Download program here: 2022-05-02-Stockholm-Poster-A3-1-v19-page1+2

Download map – how to get to Room D2 here: KTH Room D2 Lindstedtsvägen 9

Download Flyer here: Flyer-v12

Free of charge!

This seminar is funded by the EU-project CARLA 



In collaboration with


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Wednesday 11 May 2022

17:10-17:15 Registration
17:15-17:25 Welcome and introduction
17:25-17:55 Keynote speech: What is Photonics? A hot field with lots of job opportunities 
Fredrik Laurell, Prof. Laser Physics group, KTH
17:55-18:10 Break with networking and exhibition 
Training and Education in Photonics and Photonics Careers in Industry
18:10-18:20 Why I specialise in photonics 
Max Widarsson, PhD student, KTH
18:20-18:30 How Photonics got me where I am today
Helen Rendall, Single Technologies AB
18:30-18:40 From Start-up to an international high-tech company
Elizabeth Illy, Cobolt AB
18:40-18:50 Photonics touch every corner of our lives
Qian Li, Mycronic AB
18:50-19:00 My love for popular science and quantum mechanics
Johanna Rogvall, Master student, Uppsala Universitet
19:00-19:10 Building a career thanks to Photonics
Hoda Kianirad, Eclipse Optics AB  (TBC)
19:10-19:20 Discussion
19:20-19:40 Pitch talks from companies
19:40-19:50 Discussion and wrap up of the day
19:50-21:00 Networking with food and drinks at the exhibition area – Ljusgården

Thursday 12 May 2022

17:10-17:15 Registration
17:15-17:25 Welcome and introduction
Photonics Careers in Entrepreneurship 
17:25-17:35 How we support new ideas to create impact in society
Lisa Bäckman, KTH innovation
17:35-17:45 How to build a start-up as optics consultants
Jonas Tidström, Entangly AB
17:45-17:55 A start-up for optical positioning in industrial applications 
Björn Edlund, Beotop AB
17:55-18:05 Discussion
18:05-18:20 Break and networking 
Photonics Careers in Industry 
18:20-18:30 How I became a multiphysics expert at Comsol
Elisabetta Perotti, Comsol AB
18:30-18:40 Life as an Optics and Photonics consultant @ AFRY
 Tommy Norström and Patrik Holmberg, AFRY AB
18:40-18:50 That’s how it’s working at Tobii
Katherine Remulla, Master studend and Peter Blixt, PhD, Tobii AB
18:50-19:00 Discussion
19:00-19:20 Pitch talks from companies
19:20-19:30 Discussion and closing remarks
19:30-20:30 Networking with food and drinks at the exhibition area – Ljusgården


Exhibition of potential employers: