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05 December 2017

Photonics21 Vision Paper “Europe’s Age of Light! How photonics will power growth and innovation” published

The Photonics21 Vision Paper "Europe's Age of Light! How photonics will power growth and innovation" presents the vision of the European photonics community for 2030. The report was prepared as outcome of 8 thematic strategy workshops with the European photonics community and outlines the great challenges facing Europe and the world. 8 missions present a vision of how photonics technologies which are already in the innovation pipeline today can solve these challenges by 2030 and beyond to turn this vision into reality.

European leadership in photonics will deliver these benefits in 2030:

  • Instant diagnosis of major diseases
  • Quality food from farm to fork
  • Accident and congestion-free road transport
  • A truly circular economy
  • A million new jobs
  • 10% higher productivity
  • Zero downtime in a terabit economy
  • Photonics as a flagship science for innovation

The Photonics21 vision document serves as input to the preparation of the ninth EU framework programme and was presented to MEPs and representatives of the European Commission on 28th November 2017 alongside a Photonics21 breakfast session in the European Parliament.

You can download the pdf version.

If you would like to receive one or more hard copies of the document please write us an e-mail to secretariat@photonics21.org by indicating your postal address and the amount of copies you would like to receive.

21 November 2017

Save the date and become a sponsor: #next_photonics.forum 2018, 8th and 9th March 2018, Brussels

The #next.photonics_forum entitled Winning the future - Europe's age of light will be held on 8th and 9th March 2018 in the Museum of Fine Arts/Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts and the Bluepoint Conference Centre in Brussels.

The annual event continues the further strategy development of the Photonics Public Private Partnership in preparation of the new EU framework programme. On the second event day the European photonics community will launch the strategy process for a new photonics multiannual roadmap for the next 10 years. As inspiration for this strategy process the symposium on the first day will cover some high level ignite talks providing a globel view on European Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ecoysystems, Digitisation and Internet of Things as well as a lively debate between the new and old economy.

Online Registration

The online registration will open soon.

Event Locations

The symposium and networking dinner on 8th March 2018 will be held in the Museum of Fine Arts:

Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Rue de la Régence 3, 1000 Brussels

The workshops sessions on 9th March 2018 will be held in the conference centre Bluepoint Brussels:

Bluepoint Brussels, Boulevard Auguste Reyers 80, 1030 Brussels

Download an overview how to get to the event locations

Become a sponsor

Increase your visibility to the photonics community and the political representatives of the European Commission and the European Parliament and support the most influential European photonics network! All sponsors will be provided a prominent presence at the event and related communication activities.

You will find any further details in the sponsoring package.

 So far the event is kindly sponsored by EPIC, Hamamatsu, TRUMPF and the European Commission.



29 June 2017

New Photonics Reports on Photonics Market Data and the impact Photonics PPP realized for Growth & Jobs in Europe

Dear Photonics21 Members,

We like to inform you about new Photonics21 reports just published within the framework of the Laser World of Photonics 2017 fair in Munich.

Below you will find links to new reports on Photonics Market Data and the impact that the Photonics PPP has realized for growth & jobs in Europe.

The new reports give insights on:

  • Photonics Market Data and the European Position in the World Market
  • More than 3 years of close cooperation between the public and private side in the Photonics PPP
  • PPP Performance as defined in Key Performance indicators (KPIs)
  • Collaborations and Partners
  • Future challenges and how to get prepared

For more information and to download pdf versions please go to:

  1. Market Research Report Photonics 2017
  2. Joint Press Release Photonics21 with VDMA on Photonics Market Data 2017
  3. Photonics Market Research Study 2017 - Key Data
  4. Photonics PPP Impact Report

The Photonics21 secretariat


02 November 2016

Funding Opportunities for Photonics H2020

If you are looking for information about funding opportunities for the Photonics H2020 Work Programme 2016 ‐ 2017, the attached document includes a selection of calls for 2017 related to photonics technologies, obtained from the whole collection of calls published under the H2020, 2016‐17 Work Programmes.

For further information, you can contact us at info@laserandhealth.com.



13 August 2016

Young Slovenian Scientist Plans Cutting-edge Lab for Bio-integrated Photonics

Matjaž Humar, a postdoctoral research assistant at the Condensed Matter Physics department, was awarded a special EUR 311,202 grant by the institute's director for a three-year period. 

The goal is to launch a world-leading bio-integrated photonics lab, Humar told the STA news service. He explained that bio-integrated photonics was a new field with countless opportunities to explore.

For the full text of this article, visit the STAscience website:


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