Photonics21 Strategy Hand-Over on April 4 is Historic Event at Photonics Europe Symposium and Exhibition

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Technology leaders present R&D agenda for photonics to European Commissioner Reding in Strasbourg.

OPERA Forum on FP-7 and the Photonics Technology Platform.

SPIE Europe announced today that at the Photonics Europe symposium and exhibition on 4 April in Strasbourg, France, Alexander von Witzleben, president of Photonics21 (and CEO of Jenoptik) will present European Commissioner Viviane Reding with the first draft of the Strategic Research Agenda for Photonics in Europe. The day begins with a keynote speech by EU Commissioner Reding, titled “Europe at Light Speed.” The free Photonics Europe exhibition also opens 4 April, at 10.00.

People working in optics and photonics should attend a free afternoon session on 4 April titled, “OPERA Forum on FP-7 and the Photonics Technology Platform.” Distinguished speakers invited for this historic occasion will present an important vision for the next decade, driven by innovation in photonics. Forum attendees will learn about and shape recommendations specific to photonics R&D in Europe, including research in imaging, communications, lighting, manufacturing and other applications.

“SPIE Europe is pleased to support photonics innovation and commercialization by hosting Photonics Europe in Strasbourg,” said Karin Burger, manager of SPIE Europe. “This is the only major event focused on photonics from the European Union perspective, rather than a national perspective. This helps academia and industry review new developments, discuss needs and shape a future in which Europe is more competitive internationally.”

Photonics21 is a European initiative to bring industry and academia together to establish R&D priorities that improve competitiveness and economic growth in Europe using light-based technologies. These technologies are used in communications, lighting, displays, lasers, sensors, machine vision, life sciences and many other applications. Photonics21 and the Strategic Research Agenda contribute guidance from technology leaders directly to the European Commission, which is developing funding plans for scientific research and industrial development. The Commission has put forward an ambitious proposal for the EU Seventh Research Framework Programme 2007-2013 (FP7). FP7 is designed to respond to the competitiveness and employment needs of the EU.

Shortly after her keynote address, at 10.00 on 4 April Commissioner Reding will officially open the Photonics Europe exhibition. The exhibition includes 150 companies and research organizations showing high-tech optical components, photonic devices and emerging technology used to generate, measure or control light.

On Thursday, 6 April, Malcolm Harbour, Vice Chairman of the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Assessment Panel, will present on “The European Parliament – a strong advocate of ICT Research.”

Nearly 2,200 people will come to Photonics Europe to participate in conferences covering the latest research in optoelectronics, biophotonics and new therapies using light, solar energy, nanotechnology, lasers, multimedia, optical sensors, silicon photonics and other fields.

The Photonics Europe exhibition and Opera Forum are free and open to the public. More information about Photonics Europe, organized by SPIE Europe, is available at

About SPIE Europe

SPIE Europe is a European subsidiary of SPIE—The International Society for Optical Engineering, a not-for-profit professional society that has become the largest international force for the exchange, collection and dissemination of knowledge in optics, photonics and imaging. Founded in 1955, SPIE organizes technical conferences around the world and publishes journals, books and proceedings, with technical papers available for download via the SPIE Digital Library. See for more details. SPIE Europe is headquartered in Cardiff, UK.

Media Contacts:

Karin Burger, Manager, SPIE Europe, +44-7974-214542

Stacey Crockett, Media Relations, SPIE, +1-360-685-5491

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