Cardiff, UK (PRWEB) May 17, 2013
The new Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in Photonics established by Photonics21 at the association’s recent annual meeting drew praise from community leaders from SPIE and others including EC Vice-President Neelie Kroes, who called the action “a huge step forward … a lasting partnership between sectors, and a stimulant to European innovation.”
The Board of Stakeholders voted to approve in principle the structure of the new Photonics PPP at its 29 April meeting in Brussels, which was sponsored by SPIE Europe and other organizations.
Photonics21 president and Jenoptik CEO Michael Mertin and the Photonics21 executive board also presented Kroes with the association’s new strategic roadmap, “Towards 2020 – Photonics Driving Economic Growth in Europe.”
“The presentation of the new Photonics21 roadmap to Vice-President Kroes is the latest of many strategic actions that this coalition of industry, academia, and policy-makers from through the EU have taken to help strengthen the economy and improve living conditions and opportunities through the advancement of photonics technologies,” said SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs. “The hard work and visionary insights that have gone into this report and its predecessor documents have created a positive force for growth through successful, game-changing photonics projects throughout the continent.”
Arthurs, who is also a member of the Photonics21 Board of Stakeholders, said the Photonics PPP, will allow the successful Photonics21 alliance to continue to work with the EU for the upcoming Horizon 2020 program.
Mertin said that the new roadmap will provide guidance for funding decisions by outlining the most relevant areas for photonics research and innovati
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