About us

  • Following an initiative of the Federal Research Ministry, Optence e.V. was founded in 2001 as a regional competence network for optical technologies in Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate. By now it has become an established part of the cluster landscape.
  • Optence e.V. is a platform for knowledge-transfer. It develops contacts between optics companies and research institutions, initiates working groups and expert meetings and organizes joint exhibition stands at national and international trade shows. Our members can benefit from personal contacts, information, further training and advice.
  • We are an "outstanding innovation network" within the go-cluster of the Federal Ministry of Economics and have been awarded the Silver Label of the  European Cluster Excellence Initiative Meanwhile our network activities reach far beyond the regional level.


Optence e.V. is the sole shareholder of Photonics Hub GmbH
Due to its legal form, the Photonics Hub GmbH is able to implement various services that are in the overarching area of ​​interest and tasks of the network. It is the economically active part of Optence e.V. and contributes to the financing of selected activities and events.

Optence e.V. is a member of OptecNet Germany. This federal association of innovation networks for optical technologies ensures the networking of contents on a national level.