The Mirror Group constitutes the public complement to the industry-led Photonics21 Board of Stakeholders. It supports and reflects ("mirrors") the activities of Photonics21 at policy level and from a governmental perspective.
The Mirror Group has been established in July 2007. It is composed of representatives from relevant European, national and regional public authorities such as ministries involved with research and innovation, funding agencies and the European Commission.
On the one hand, the Mirror Group informs and advises the Board of Stakeholders including the Executive Board regarding political issues and objectives and governmental activities at national and European level. On the other hand, the Mirror Group may take up recommendations developed by Photonics21 and contribute to their implementation, e. g. through Public Private Partnerships. In general, the Mirror Group functions as an inter-governmental panel for exchange, discussion and concerted planning on photonics-related research policy in Europe.