Lunch Chat: Photonics21

Tue, 09.04.2024, online


We are pleased to announce and invite you to one of our weekly online zoom events.


Photonics 21 was started by Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding with the support of EPIC and VDI in 2005 and 200 members in order to establish a European Technology Platform for Photonics. EU projects with Photonics content were already present in the earlier framework 6 program, but the goal was to set aside a separate budget and set of calls for Photonics, in short lobbying for photonics as a key enabling technology.
Now, 20 years later Photonics is still following the initial idea, by providing regularly a strategic research and innovation agenda, provide a platform to its (now 4000) members to generate calls in workgroup and to connect through mirror representatives in government for funding of these calls.
Photonics has become under pressure and thus the companies did commit to multiply the EU project money (organized as a PPP). Initially the pressure came from photovoltaics, who organized themselves independently and now from dissidents joining electronics (i.e. photonic integrated circuits) and joining quantum efforts. Nevertheless, photonics has been able to set aside 420Mio over 7 years for projects.
Switzerland is in a unique position as our academic as well as industrial partners can participate in EU calls, without loading the project budget, while being paid from Bern (academia as well as industry), as we did in framework 6.
More importantly, Photonics 21 is still an excellent platform for networking and staying in contact with leading research efforts and call generation in workgroups, for free.


Christoph S. Harder, Ph.D.
Christoph Harder received the EE Diploma in 1979 (ETH, Zurich) and from Caltech (Pasadena) Master (1980) and PhD (1983) and has completed the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration TEP (2001). 


Dr. Christian Bosshard, Managing Director Swissphotonics
Dr. Christian Bosshard received his degree in Physics (1986) and his doctorate (1991, Silver medal award) from ETH. From 2001-2021 he was working at CSEM, first as Section Head and then as Vice President and Head Photonics. Since 2013 he is Managing Director of Swissphotonics. Christian is a Fellow of Optica, Board Member of EPIC, and Member of the Board of the University of Basel.

Tuesday, 19 April 2024

12:00 - 12:45


free of charge

Registration only necessary once
This event series requires registration (see link above). We will send you the access information (Zoom-link and ID) by email after the registration. As the Zoom link remains the same every week, you do not need to register again for the following meetings.

Dr. Christoph Harder
President Swissphotonics

Contact Swissphotonics
Dr. Christian Bosshard
Managing Director Swissphotonics
+41 79 405 1826

4 March 2024, Christian Bosshard
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