October 21st: Day of Photonics

Day of Photonics event at the Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal, October 21st, 2014 (Source: Carlos Lee, EPIC)

Day of Photonics event at the Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal, October 21st, 2014 (Source: Carlos Lee, EPIC)

Today, 21st October, is the Day of Photonics, a worldwide event marking the 33rd anniversary of our adoption of 299,792.458 km/s for the speed of light. It is a time to celebrate photonics that enables the technology in your smart phone, the light in your house, or the healthcare equipment that saves your life.

The European Commission has long recognized its potential, and has been heavily supporting photonics technology shaping the future. In 2009, the European Commission defined Photonics as one of five European Key Enabling Technologies (KET’s), and invested €700 Million through the European Research & Innovation Program “Horizon 2020”.

Shortly after the start of H2020, it launched Photonics Public Private Partnership (PPP), a long-term commitment between the EC and the photonics stakeholders in Europe. The aim was simple: to secure Europe’s industrial leadership, economic growth and to generate new jobs.

The European photonics industry made the strongest commitment to date, by investing a staggering €5.6 billion in research, innovation and manufacturing in Europe by matching every €1 spent by the European Commission in the PPP, with €4 by industry. To compound matters, Photonics will now have a central role in the Digitising European Industry strategy.

With the global photonics market growing at twice the world economic growth rate, from €350 billion in 2011 to €615 billion in 2020, Photonics21 stands in a secure global market position. The production of European photonics alone accounts for €60 billion and employs over 350,000 people directly.

Photonics is providing solutions to many of the global challenges we face, like improved agriculture and farming, providing clean water and sanitisation, and developing the latest medical diagnostics tools to tackle cancers, sepsis, and blindness. (Source: Photonics21)

Link: Day of PhotonicsPhotonics21


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