Photonics21

Photonics21 used to be the "European Technology Platform for Photonics" but has now grown into the more important "European Photonics PPP (Public Private Partnership)" and is the advocacy group for Photonics in Brussels.

Photonics 21 is responsible for creating the Photonics roadmap, which is based on a market study , a strategic agenda (now for 2021 to 2027) as well as several calls for Horizon Europe . The calls are created through input from workgroups, followed by selection and recommendation to the commission according to the following process.

It is important that we from Switzerland participate in this process in order to widen our network, to get early involvement already during the creation of the calls and finally to be ready to be asked to join a submission towards the PPP calls.
We are in the special situation that we can participate in calls without burdening the EU budget (as academia as well as industry gets paid from Bern) and thus are welcome partners to projects. However, we are excluded from participating in some instruments (e.g. Quantum) and from leading a project.

It is easy for you to participate: Just sign up as member of Photonics21 (membership is free) and sign up for your workgroup of interest.

The Photonics PPP is administered by a support action, BestPhorm21, running between 2021 and 2023. Swissphotonics is an active member of this support action and coordinated the "Photonics 4 .." workshops Europe wide. The BestPhorm21 support action includes National Photonic Organisations of the following countries. Germany (project leader), Austria, BelgiumFinlandFrance, GreeceItaly, Ireland , LithuaniaNetherlands, PolandSlovenia, Spain, SwedenSwitzerland and United Kingdom.

The various submenus of this chapter provide updated information about Photonics21 events and news in the EU, links to Brokerage Events under partner matching as well as information about new calls for European projects

01-05.2022, Christoph Harder

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