Moving forward – “Towards Framework Program 8” was the overarching topic
of the meeting and a lot of inside and outside speakers shared their views and
information with the attendees. Photonics President Martin Goetzeler introduced
the latest Publication of the Platform, the Position Paper “Our Vision for a
Key Enabling Technology of Europe”, which was handed over to Vice President
European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes at the
Presentations held on the General Meeting, first media reactions and an
exclusive interview with Photonics21 President Martin Goetzler you can find now
on our website. You can also read on the meeting he held with Commissioner
Guenther Oettinger from DG Energy. The discussion will go on and will require
our attention and action in the upcoming month – responding to the consultation
on a Common Strategic Framework for future EU Research and Innovation Funding
talent is an important topic of our agenda. The third Photonics21 Student
Innovation Award for which we received 24 applications, will be handed over during the EOS and Photonics21 Student
Reception alongside the World of Photonics Congress in Munich – 25 May 2011. SPIE Europe has granted its support as sponsor– and are still seeking some more sponsors!
The call for proposals Solid State Lighting (SSL) of the Competitiveness
and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) was published on the 1 March and will
close on the 1 June 2011. It aims to fund large pilot actions to demonstrate
the benefits of using solid state light solutions. The European Commission
organizes a workshop on the Solid State Lighting pilots which will take place
on the 7 April 2011 in Brussels.
You will also find some important dates for information and participation
in Europe or abroad.