Extended Deadline for 2016 ICO Prize
The deadline for the 2016 ICO Prize has been extended to June 15th 2016. ICO (International Commission for Optics) prize is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to optics before turning 40 years of age. Instructions for applications can be found at http://e-ico.org/activities/awards .
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Photonics Entrepreneurs - 2nd Entrepreneurial Boot Camp: 14.-16. Sept. 2016, Vienna, Austria
For those students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship in the Photonics field a great opportunity to meet young researchers from all over Europe:
The boot camp is jointly organised by the Vienna University of Economics and Business and Photonics Austria in the framework of the European Project Photonics4All.
We especially welcome students with a research field in Photonics or young start-ups.
The costs for the Boot Camp are covered by the European Project Photonics4All. Some funding for the accommodation will be available as well.
For more detail please visit this link at Photonics Austria.
For your application send your CV and a letter outlining your interest in the boot camp to: ul ri ch .t ro g@ jo an ne um .a t
Bi-annual Biophotonics and Imaging Summer Shool: 5.-9. Sept. 2016, Galway, Ireland
Lectures on microscopy, general optics, tissue optics, OCT, neurophotonics, photoacoustics - to mention a few - are included. More details are available at this link.
Online consultation ESCO project open until 15.04.2016
Online consultation to improve the transparency of occupations, skills and qualifications in the Optical engineering subsector is open until 15.04.2016. You need to register for the ESCO project area. Details of the european project ESCO can be found at this link.
Have your say! - Photonics Public Private Partnership Annual Meeting 2016
01 - 02 March 2016 - Brussels, Le Plaza Hotel in Brussels.
Kick off: Photonics PPP call topics for Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018/2019
Swiss Strategic Research Agenda - June 2014 Photonics21 WG 7: Photonics Research, Education and Training
Industrial Manufacturing and Quality - SWOT analysis
|Photonics Enabled Industries |
|Strengths ||Weakness |
- Masters in Photonics Program,
- Strong technology market requiring
trained employees with
qualification in photonic tooling.
- Research of product related optical
technologies embedded at
schools and universities.
- Multiple young entrepreneurs
pushing new technologies into
- Disruptive research at leading
universities with strong exchange
- Various industrial research centers
/ think tanks in Switzerland
(i.e. IBM Rueschlikon, Google in
- Insufficient number of trained
personnel in photonics sector.
- Increasing restriction for foreign
employees working in Switzerland.
- Graduate students from universities
with insufficient practical
- Photonic education and practical
training between industry and
educational institutions not well
- Insufficient number of female
students in the field of photonics.
|Opportunities ||Threats |
- Specific support (financial, guidance)
for Start-ups from the CTI
(Commission for Technology and
- Increasing collaboration for specific
training and research in the
- Swissphotonics NTN as market
place for Swiss employment in
- Lack of public and private funding
for training and R&D.
- Technical sector in hiring competition
with other, better paying
industries (financial sector).
- Brain drain into other countries
with better technology network.
- Conservative investment policy
from financial sector.