Photonics21 Work Groups

The Photonics21 Work Groups (WGs) are the main centres of activities within Photonics21. They focus on the development of the work group specific research and innovation priorites and the update of the Photonics Multiannual Photonics Roadmap. The Work Group Chair is responsible for the workflow and the accomplishment of the tasks. He reports regularly to the Executive Board. Usually, two work group meetings are held per year.

Photonics21 comprises following seven work groups which focus on application-oriented as well as cross-disciplinary photonics fields:

Information and Communication

Information and Communication Technologies, underpinned by optical broadband communuication technoologies, will address many of the socio-economic challenges. ICT supports and enables new ways of living and managing resources.

Industrial Manufacturing and Quality

With the ‘laser light’ tool, manufacturing processes can be handled automatically and flexibly, producing components and products of extraordinary quality, and in a much ‘greener’ way in comparison to most other energy sources.

Life Sciences and Health

For most European countries, the projected demographic changes will have drastic consequences for European citizens and their healthcare systems. For example, the number of people older than 65 years will double by 2030, leading to a dramatic growth of age-related diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, cardiac infarction, stroke, age related macular degeneration, diabetes, kidney failure, osteoarthritis, and cancer.

Emerging Lighting, Electronics and Displays

This topic deals with a broad palette of interrelated photonics technologies, each showing different times to market, notably, LED (Light Emitting Diodes), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes), OPV (Organic Photovoltaic), Flexible Electronics based on OLAE (Organic Large Area Electronics) and Display technology.

Security, Metrology and Sensors

Today, over 70 million organic and inorganic substances are on record, and for  most of these, little is known about their potential danger to humans. Although only a small fraction of this plethora of molecules are marketed and released into the environment, our society is confronted daily with a growing number of potentially hazardous chemicals.

Design and Manufacturing of Components and Systems

As a fundamental pillar of modern industry, a Key Enabling Technology, photonics underpins solutions for the widest possible range of socio-economic needs. For example, the Internet of today depends on the ubiquitous application of photonics in telecommunications infrastructure and, as our society become ever more information-intensive, our needs in this respect will continue to grow. Laser-based techniques have revolutionised manufacturing industry and medical procedur

Photonics Research, Education and Training

Major progress is needed both on advanced research, and on education and training of highly-skilled workforce, if photonics is to address successfully the major socio-economical challenges facing Europe, ranging from health care to security, from energy saving to efficient and clean industrial production, and from environmental protection to fast and efficient communications.

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