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Thursday, 03 March 2016

„Photonics is at the heart of our Digitisation strategy" states Commissioner Oettinger - More than 370 experts debate Photonics PPP funding priorities / Digitisation of Industry in focus

“Photonics provides a competitive edge for every industry", were confident words fromCommissioner 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.

The Photonics PPP priority setting for Horizon 2020 work program 2018 – 2020 took part across seven thematic workshops, with more than 370 experts debating the funding priorities and democratically deciding on the agenda for the future.

The joint winners of the Photonics21 Student Innovation Award 2016 were announced by Photonics21 Executive Board Member, Roberta Ramponi, both collecting €2500.

Benedikt Schwarz of the Institute for Solid State Electronics and Center for Micro- and Nanostructures, TU Wien collected one of the prizes for his work on "Miniaturized mid-infrared sensors".

Fernando Guiomar of the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Telecomunicazioni, Politecnico di Torino, took the other prize for his work on "high performance and efficient digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms for the compensation of nonlinear propagation impairments in high-speed and long-haul optical fiber systems". Both were praised for their excellent photonics research.

Taking place at the Le Plaza Hotel, Brussels, the Photonics PPP Annual Meeting gathered more than 370 photonics experts from industry, research organisations and politics making it the most well-attended and successful meeting in its ten year history.

You can download the press release.

You can view the speech of Commissioner Oettinger: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/oettinger/announcements/keynote-speech-photonics-successful-digitization-european-industry-photonics21-ppp-annual-meeting_en

 
Photonics21 President Dr. Michael Mertin welcomes Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for the Digital Economy & Society

Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger opened the plenary session of the event with his keynote speech "Photonics for the successful digitization of European Industry"

In his keynote speech Photonics21 president Dr. Michael Mertin focused on the potential of the photonics industry for the digitisation of industry.

Fernando Guiomar and Benedikt Schwarz, the winners of the Photonics21 Student Innovation Award 2016

More than 370 participants discussed about the future of photonics in Europe at the Photonics PPP Annual Meeting 2016.

Copyright: Photonics21, Photographer: Vivian Hertz

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