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Plenary Lecture

Pan-European Photonics Innovation Support for Companies and Researchers: ongoing initiatives and future opportunities.

Friday (26.06.2020)
13:20 - 14:00 Room 1

13:20 - 14:00

In this presentation we will highlight the different ongoing pan-European initiatives that aim at supporting both photonics and non-photonics companies, as well as entrepreneurial-minded researchers with the best possible photonics innovation support accessible in Europe. These innovation support offerings are financially subsidized by the European Commission and the European Public Private Partnership “Photonics 21” and are at present separate initiatives of different European consortia in which research and technology organizations team up to make the best experts and technology platforms available at various Technology Readiness Levels. A first initiative ACTPHAST supports SMEs and researchers at Technology Readiness Levels 3-4 with photonics feasibility studies and prototyping support. Its offerings are complemented by Pilot Lines such as PIXAPP, LYTEUS, InPulse, MIRPhAB, PIX4life, PHABOULuS, and MEDPhab for innovation support at TRLs 5-6 with upscaling and low-volume manufacturing of optical and photonic components such as photonic integrated circuits, infrared optoelectronics, and flexible organic light emitters, and their respective packaging. In this presentation we will give an overview of the various offerings of these Photonics21-driven initiatives for companies and researchers; we will explain how to access them, give real-world examples of what is being accomplished, and provide -wherever possible- their quantitative impact on the European industry ecosystem. To conclude we will introduce PhotonHub Europe as a future opportunity to combine all these individual initiatives under one roof to operate as a Photonics Innovation Hub. PhotonHub Europe aims at offering the most comprehensive set of photonics innovation support spanning the TRL 3-8 supply chain from feasibility study to manufacturing in Europe, accompanied with business plan coaching and investment mentoring for SMEs and deep technology training in photonics experience centers for technical staff.

Prof. Dr. Hugo Thienpont
Vrije Universiteit Brussel