Shaping the Future
In just a few decades, the spectacular development of photonics technologies has enabled a huge growth in many application sectors. Photonics is thus considered today a key innovation driver in consumer electronics, data communications, environmental sensing, safety and security, manufacturing, and lighting. Photonics plays also a key role in providing solutions to upcoming global societal and environmental challenges such as healthcare in an ageing society or achieving energy efficiency and a low-carbon economy.
In order to secure Europe's position in the global market we need to combine our strengths and coordinate our efforts. Together with all relevant stakeholders, it is important to maintain a joined-up strategy for Photonics which goes from the European level to the regional level and which covers the full innovation cycle.
A strategy for European leadership in Photonics must include:
- Together with the Photonics21 community, developing a common European vision and strategy;
- Close cooperation between the Member States and the European Commission, through the Mirror Group ;
- The ERA-NET Scheme
- Synergy from the European level down to the regional level, through the Photonics innovation clusters and national technology platforms .