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03 March 2016

“Photonics is at the heart of our Digitisation strategy” states Commissioner Oettinger

Brussels – Duesseldorf, March 3rd, 2016 - “Photonics provides a competitive edge for every industry", were confident words from Commissioner Günther Oettinger, who opened the General Assembly of the Photonics Public Private Partnership Annual Meeting 2016, with his keynote speech ‘Photonics for the successful digitization of European Industry’.

Setting photonics at the heart of a successful Digitization of Industry, Commissioner Oettinger was clear in his purpose, saying: "5G, Robotics and Factories of the future all depend on photonics and working in a strategic partnership."

Oettinger believes the Public Private Partnership must be central to strategy in delivering the European Digitization of Industry. "We must adopt a wholesale approach: every sector has a competitive role to play in the Digitization of Industry"

Commissioner Oettinger paid homage to the platform celebrating a decade of innovation and fostering of photonics talent. "Who would have thought ten years ago that membership would be over 2500? The Photonics PPP is the only place in Europe where all members of the Photonics community come together".

Photonics21 president and CEO of Jenoptik AG, Michael Mertin, recalled the success of the PPP platform, with membership in excess of 2500, but also the good work taking place in Europe through photonics. Mertin focused on the importance of photonics in a world context, making convincing calls to ensure Europe stays at the centre of the global photonics market through its critical input into the Digitization of Industry.

Mertin believes that "the most promising field for photonics as key enabling technology lies within the megatrend of digitization, which will certainly have a tremendous impact on factors that shape a nation's future economic and competitive edge" said Mertin. "What I am convinced of is that the rising tide of digitization will induce fundamental changes to classic global economic structures and business models as well as to our private lives"

Wolfgang Boch, Head of the Photonics Unit, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, of the European Commission addressed the assembly on the progress made in the Photonics Public Private Partnership and outlined the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Dr Wolfgang Maier, Director of Hardware Development IBM, informed the photonics community on leading digital transformation and the advantages to be exploited in the most recent developments in computing.

Keynote Speech "Photonics for the successful digitization of European Industry" at the Photonics21 PPP annual meeting on the 1st of March 2016

01 February 2016

Photonics Austria Meeting in Villach, Carinthia on 23 February, 2016

We invite you to a joint meeting of the Austrian Technology Platforms for Photonics and Photovoltaics on the 23rd of February, 2016 at CTR Carinthian Tech Research (Europastraße 12, Technologiepark Villach, 9524 Villach / St. Magdalen) from 13:00 onwards. We plan to discuss the topics "Durability of LED and Photovoltaic Modules", "Laser Production Technology for Photovoltaics" as well as “Building integrated LED and Photovoltaics", which are still in development. Firstly we will have Key notes for the relevant topic and afterward will discuss them in facilitated workshops with the aim to find common innovative topics and to network. We expect about 40-50 participants from all over Austria (and more from Slovenia), mostly with an innovation background and in leading positions in their respective companies.

Preliminary Agenda:

12:30 - 13:00 Come-together at CTR with drinks and nibbles
13:00 - 13:15 Welcome and introduction to the goals of the networking event
13:15 - 13:45 Matching: short presentations of the platforms, companies and research organisations (competencies, interests, projects … ~5min / participant, max. 3 slides)13:45 - 15:30 Key notes: "Technologies at the crossroads of Photonics und Photovoltaics"

Coffee break

16:15 - 16:45 Facilitated discussion in smaller groups in regards to the presented topics (possible development of topics for future R&I initiatives)
16:45 - 17:15 Short presentation of findings
17:15 - 17:45 Photonics in SloveniaFrom
17:45  Lab tour at CTR

From 19:00  Networking dinner at the Gasthof Kramer in Villach

10 November 2015

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 2016 related to photonics technologies, obtained from the whole collection of calls published under the H2020, 2016‐17 Work Programmes. (Link)

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

Funding opportunities for H2020

16 July 2015

Chemistry, Materials & Light International Workshop

September 21-23 2015
Bologna, Italy

The programme of “Chemistry, Materials & Light”, to be held in Bologna, Italy, on September 21-23 2015, has been confirmed, including an outstanding line-up of invited speakers:

Lula Rosso, EC DG-RTD
Markus Wilkens, PHOTONICS21
Christian Bosshard, CSEM
Antonio Facchetti, POLYERA
Hani Kanaan, CEA
Reinder Coehoorn, PHILIPS
Stefano Tominetti, SAES GROUP
Rainer Mahrt, IBM
Sridharan Venk, OSRAM
Luca Porcaro, ARTEMIDE
Dominik Pentlehner, OSRAM
Paolo Guzzini, IGUZZINI

The three-days meeting will include thematic sessions of scientific and industrial relevance, featuring international experts and contributed sessions covering innovative approaches at the intersection of chemistry, materials science and lighting technologies.

On Tuesday, September 22, the meeting will also feature an international round table, focused on “The impact of chemistry, materials and light on societal and economic challenges”, with Luigi Nicolais (CNR), Patrizio Bianchi (Regione Emilia Romagna), Lula Rosso (EC DG-RTD), Markus Wilkens (PHOTONICS21), Mauro Pretolani (Venture Capital), Sridharan Venk (OSRAM).

Please find attached the complete programme of “Chemistry, Materials and Light”.

For details, registration and abstract submission, please refer to the conference website:

Looking forward to seeing you in Bologna!

Workshop program

07 July 2015

Entrepreneurial Boot Camp

10th - 11th September 2014
Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

In the framework of the European Project Photonics4All Photonics Photonics Austria will host an Entrepreneurial Boot Camp. Young researchers from all over Europe are invited to attend this 2 day workshop at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria where they will develop valuable skills regarding innovation and entrepreneurship. We especially welcome students with a research field in Photonics or young start ups.  

The costs for the Boot Camp are covered by the European Project Photonics4All. Some funding for the accommodation will be available as well.  

For more detail please visit: http://www.photonics-austria.at/projekte/photonics4all/bootcamp/  

For your application send your CV and a letter outlining your interest in the boot camp to: ulrich.trog@joanneum.at

Boot Camp Photonics4All Invitation

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