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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

19 June 2015

VV Photonics Initiative Selected for Presentation at an Investment Conference on Developing Slovenia’s Smart Specialization Strategy

On 24 April, 2015, Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy (GODC) invited Slovenia’s key economic and development officials to engage in the entrepreneurial discovery process and identify the country’s high-potential technology areas and product directions. Among the 170 groups that responded to the invitation, a partner of Fotonika21 submitted the initiative entitled “Fotonika VC”, which was chosen for presentation at an investment conference on developing Slovenia’s Smart Specialization Strategy. At the conference, which took place on the 15th and 16th of June at the Kino Šiška in Ljubljana, the participants were addressed by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr. Miro Cerar and the three Line Minister responsible for RDI and European Cohesion Policy, namely Alenka Smerkolj, Minister responsible for development, strategic projects and cohesion, Zdravko Počivalšek, Minister responsible for economic development and technology, and Dr. Maja Makovec Brenčič, Minister responsible for education, science and sport. The participants were also addressed by representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, the Chamber of Craft and Small Businesses of Slovenia, the Slovenian Rectors Conference, KOsRIS (Coordination of Independent Research Institutions of Slovenia) and representatives of the OECD.

The “Fotonika VC” initiative was presented by Boštjan Podobnik of LPKF Laser & Electronics. In the last decade, new developments, such as femtosecond and fiber lasers, sensors and smart integrated devices have introduced new paradigms into the field of photonics. The Fotonika VC initiative will tap into these developments with the aim of producing a new generation of industrial and medical applications at a technology readiness level competitive with world-market manufactured products (TRL 7 - 9). The Fotonika proposal brings together world-class research groups from academia with market leaders in industry, within a focused value chain at the highest level of technology, spearheading the smart specialization program in the field of photonics. Fotonika’s technological challenges and synergetic efforts are defined by emerging solid and fiber lasers as well as the photonic devices developed in tight collaboration between R&D teams, leading to a large growth potential. The final products are focused toward the fields of medicinal devices and smart industrial production based on the photonics platform, with the technological work packages being closely linked to those of the Key Enabling Technology of Europe, Photonics21.

Link to original article: http://www.svrk.gov.si/en/media_room/news/article/12447/6039/8229cdaf91194e4c3e1173fd217f298e/

07 April 2015

Photonics21 Annnual Meeting 2015

28 - 29 May 2015 - Le Plaza Hotel, Brussels

The Photonics21 Annual Meeting 2015 entitled Photonics solutions for the European society will take place on the 28 & 29 May 2015 at the Le Plaza Hotel in Brussels. The event will be the community event highlighting the new Photonics Public Private Partnership in Europe. This cooperation model fosters photonics research and innovation under Horizon2020 by implementing the Photonics Multiannual Strategic Roadmap. The event will further focus on photonics solutions for the societal challenges of Europe such as energy-efficiency, the secure society and health to strengthen future research and innovation in Europe. Following the plenary session on the 29 May four parallel thematic sessions will focus on following topics:

  • Session 1: Photonics for smart cities and buildings
  • Session 2: Photonics for the secure society
  • Session 3: Photonics for resource-efficiency and green transport
  • Session 4: Photonics for health and food security

More information available on:


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