Under Horizon 2020, running from 2014, 1.6 B€ is foreseen for photonics and micro- and nano-electronics, he said. The proposed Horizon 2020 plan also envisions a PPP (Public Private Partnership) in line with the strategic roadmap issued by Photonics21 earlier this year. The plan would ensure a long-term commitment in photonics R&I on the part of the EC, Van Caenegem said.
The biennial ETOP (Education and Training in Optics and Photonics) conference was co-located with RIAO/OPTILAS, and included more than 40 invited speaker presentations, 50 posters and close to 70 oral presentations. The event was jointly organized by Portugal and Tunisia Territorial Committees of the ICO (International Commission for Optics).
"What makes this conference special is the way it brings together, every two years, teachers, curriculum developers, education industry workers and students in the photonics education field to share their best practices and plans for the future," said SPIE Senior Member Marc Nantel, Associate Vice-President for Research and Innovation at Niagara College Canada, and a member of the SPIE Education Committee. "It is also the way the conference organizers take special care to address the growth of photonics, and our colleagues in emerging economies who need support and encouragement in their efforts to bring optics and photonics to their students."
Panel of experts
Among participants were SPIE Fellow and Past President María Yzuel (Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona); SPIE Fellows María Calvo (ICO Immediate Past President; Univ. Complutense de Madrid), Anna Consortini (ICO Past President; Univ. of Florence) and María Millán (Univ. Politècnica de Catalunya); SPIE Senior Members Cristina Solano
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