Structuring photonics in Europe
Photonic components are implemented in many appliances that surround us, yet we most of the time hardly notice them. Europe has a strong Photonics sector, supported by a competitive industry and a research of high scientific excellence. However, the Photonics sector in Europe is highly fragmented not only by application domains (i.e. optical communications, life-sciences, lighting and security), but also by region, leading to a duplication of efforts and waste of resources.
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 ;
- Strong links between industry, research centres and universities; and
- Synergy from the European level down to the regional level, through the Photonics innovation clusters and national technology platforms .