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SPIE Leaders Urge Photonics Community to Assert Need for Full Horizon 2020 Funding
Date:1/28/2013

photonics community should inspire MEPs with “vision and conviction” about the importance of the technology and urge politicians to see photonics funding as the strong investment that it is, said Spectrogon AB Chairman Dr. Roland Jacobsson, a member of Photonics21 and SPIE Past President.

Talks among the budget decision makers from the European Council, Commission, and Parliament begin next week. Leaders from Ireland, which holds the Presidency of the European Council through June, have said they will push for an agreement by this summer although many observers say resolve that soon is unlikely.

For more information on Horizon 2020 and the importance of photonics applications:

View a brief SPIE Newsroom interview with Thierry Van der Pyl, EU Director of the Directorate on Components and Systems in Directorate-General Information Society & Media.

Read an article on Horizon 2020 by Thomas Skordas, head of the EC Photonics Unit, in SPIE Professional magazine.

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