Photonics21: Upcoming President Election


Photonics21 President Michael Mertin will not be available for re-election by the end of his term (Source: Photonics21)

Photonics21 President Dr. Michael Mertin has announced that he will not be available for re-election as president of the platform by the end of his second two-year term in November 2016. In a letter to the Photonics21 Board of Stakeholders members he outlined: “Now, after two terms, I have decided not to run for re-election in November 2016 in order to uphold the democratic spirit and make room for a successor with fresh ideas to embrace the future.”

As regards the further development of Photonics21 and its objectives, Mertin stated: “Moving forward, however, we need to embrace a future in which photonics must be well-positioned to boost the European economy and play a key role in facilitating the megatrend digitization. Another aspect, which requires the continuation of our close relationships with representatives from the European Commission, is to reduce the regulatory overreach that harms the whole European industry and to recalibrate the allocation of financial resources to projects that really aim at increasing Europe’s competitive advantage and economic strength.” Dr. Mertin will remain a member of the Photonics21 Board of Stakeholders.

As regards the upcoming Photonics21 President election 2016, an open and transparent process has been established to find an appropriate successor. The process will be steered by the Photonics21 Executive Board. Based on the good experience from the 2012 President election the Executive Board applies the same procedure and principles and has established an Executive Board Nomination Committee. The Nomination Committee will apply defined selection criteria and interview potential candidates.

Like in 2012, only one Photonics21 President candidate will be put up to the Board of Stakeholders for vote as a result of the Nomination Committee selection process. Any Photonics21 Presidency candidate proposals received will be treated confidentially by the Nomination Committee. The Executive Board cordially asks the Photonics21 membership to send proposals for Photonics21 President candidates by 30th June 2016. (Source: Photonics21)

Links: Further information on the proposal process • European Technology Platform Photonics21, Düsseldorf, Germany

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