Tuesday, 14 March 2017


Photonics PPP Annual Meeting March 28th-29th 2017

Drive the Change

What the electron did for 20th century, with advances in electronics and electricity, so will the photon do for technology of the 21st century with photonics.

Photonics provides solutions to many of the global challenges we face, like improved agriculture and farming, offering clean water and sanitisation, and developing the latest medical diagnostics tools to tackle cancers, sepsis, and blindness. With photonics, we are offered the possibility to create a better quality of life for all.

Annual Meeting 2017

Every March, the photonics community from around Europe turns its attention to the Photonics PPP Annual Meeting. Anticipation builds leading up to the latest announcements in policy and direction the European Technology Platform collaboratively works on setting.

Taking place at Le Plaza Hotel, Brussels, this year's Photonics PPP Annual Meeting looks set to usher in a new era with incoming Photonics21 President, Aldo Kamper, CEO of Osram Opto Semiconductor.

The discussion for the future strategic direction of the PPP will be the focus of the General Assembly, as well as the financing opportunities beyond the Horizon 2020 program.

Keynote speakers will include Philippe Vannson, Head of Photonics Unit in DG CONNECT who will discuss how the Commission has been focusing on creating an ecosystem to foster synergies among the members in the value chain, and will continue to invest in Photonics to boost Europe' digital innovation capacities.

Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director-General of DG CONNECT, will be emphasizing the importance of the Digitising European Industry initiative. This initiative ensures that any industry in Europe can not only benefit from digital innovation but can compete on a global scale, grow and create jobs.

As usual the Photonics21 Student Innovation Award, which has become an exciting pointer for future leaders of the industry or research, will be given to a successful applicant who is under 35 and active in the field of optics and photonics. The winner is awarded a certificate, a trophy and a cash prize of € 5,000.

Over the years the Award has become an established prize for photonics students in order to promote research related to R&D with industrial impact. Past winners include Fenando Guiomar, Benedikt Schwarz, Burak Guzelturk, Fabian Stutzki, Tobias Schwab and Olga Malinkiewicz.

Download the event program, and register here to come and help Drive the Change.

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