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News: „Europe is strong in photonics”. Photonics Public Private Partnership Annual Meeting 2016
„Europe is strong in photonics”

Representatives of our company took part in Photonics Public Private Partnership Annual Meeting 2016 - the most well-attended and successful meeting in Photonics21 ten year history.

“Photonics provides a competitive edge for every industry", „Europe is strong in photonics” – the are only two quotations from European Commissioner Günther Oettinger, who opened the General Assembly of the Photonics Public Private Partnership Annual Meeting 2016.

Günther Oettinger - European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society
Photo: Vivian Hertz/Photonics21

More than 370 experts debated about Photonics Public Private Partnership funding priorities and successful digitization of European Industry. All the participants were celebrating a decade of Photonics21 platform activity. Photonics21 president – Michael Mertin siad 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". Commissioner Oettinger stated that photonics occupy a special place in a digitization of European Industry process and added that „The Photonics Public Private Partnership is the only place in Europe where all members of the Photonics Community come together".

Photonics21 is the European Technology Platform for Photonics – a technology encompassing all of the products and processes around the emission, manipulation and detection of light. It is integral to a wide range of industries that include the medical, healthcare, transport, manufacturing, and telecommunications sectors. In December 2005 "Photonics21" was set up to bring the community of photonics professionals and industries together. In September 2009, the European Commission defined photonics as one of five European Key Enabling Technologies (KET's) and shortly after the European Research & Innovation Program "Horizon 2020" invited Photonics21 to become a "Public Private Partnership". Today Photonics21 represents more than 2500 personal members from all over Europe.

Photo: Vivian Hertz/Photonics21

More informations on: www.photonics21.org