Topics expected to receive wide attention at SPIE Photonics Europe, 14-17 April 2014, include funding for optics and photonics research under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program and next year’s celebration of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies.
Updates on both matters were being planned as part of 1500 presentations in Brussels during the week.
The Horizon 2020 budget of nearly €80 billion was just approved by the European Parliament in December 2013. It will provide funding for scientific research for the years 2014 through 2020.
Horizon 2020 includes some €17 billion for the "Leadership in Enabling Industrial Technologies" (LEIT) area where applied photonics project funding will be largely represented.
The budget also includes €3.5 billion for a Photonics Public-Private Partnership (PPP), a joint program between the European Commission and Photonics21.
Eighteen conferences at SPIE Photonics Europe will cover such subjects as neurophotonics, silicon photonics, quantum optics, semiconductor lasers, micro- and nanotechnologies, and metamaterials.
SPIE Photonics Europe will also host the European Village and the sixth Photonics Innovation Village, a competition to encourage commercialization of optics and photonics research and technology into useful products, in the exhibition hall.
Other events include the SPIE Student Chapter Leadership Workshop, to be held 13 April, and daily “Hot Topics” sessions.
International Year of Light 2015 is hot topic at Photonics Europe 2014
Featured speakers at the “Hot Topics” program will include SPIE member John Dudley of Université de Franche-Comté (France) who is chairman of the International Year of Light (IYL2015) steering committee.
The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies.
Championed by scientific organizations around the world including SPIE, IYL2015 will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world and celebrate significant scientific anniversaries occurring in 2015.
"An International Year of Light is a tremendous opportunity to ensure that policymakers are made aware of the problem-solving potential of light technology," Dudley said. "Photonics provides cost-effective solutions to challenges in many different areas: energy, sustainable development, climate change, health, communications, and agriculture.
"For example, innovative lighting solutions reduce energy consumption and environmental impact, while minimizing light pollution so that we can all appreciate the beauty of the Universe in a dark sky."
Other speakers at the Hot Topics sessions will present recent advances in large-scale integrated photonics, graphene photonics, diode lasers, and on-chip nanophotonics. Speakers include:
Photonics Innovation Village encourages commercialization
The Innovation Village provides each participant team with a complimentary "mini-booth" in a high-traffic section of the SPIE Photonics Europe exhibition in the Square Brussels Meeting Centre.
The village will be open to all attendees of the conference and exhibition, and winners will be announced during a ceremony on 16 April. Exhibition dates are 15-16 April.
Awards will be made in three categories, with winners determined by representatives from the European Commission Photonics Unit; SPIE, Photonics21; Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB); a bank or venture capital company; and a large European photonics company.
Winners each will receive an award of €1500, and first and second runners-up each will win €500.
The Photonics Innovation Village is organised by B-PHOT, the Brussels Photonics Team at VUB, and supported by SPIE. Awards are sponsored by the Brussels Capital Region Government.
General chairs of Photonics Europe are SPIE Fellows Francis Berghmans of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) and Jürgen Popp of the Institute of Photonic Technology Jena (Germany); Ronan Burgess of the European Commission Joint Research Centre (Belgium); and SPIE Senior Member Peter Hartmann of SCHOTT (Germany).