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SPIE Professional April 2008

SPIE Europe Photonics Europe

Expanded industry events in Strasbourg 7-11 April should accelerate collaboration.

logo for spie europe photonics europeOpportunities, challenges, priorities, and recent advancements in the European photonics marketplace will be powerhouse topics at SPIE Europe Photonics Europe in France in April.

As the major platform for new information updates on the 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7), the symposium at the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès in Strasbourg 7-11 April will host 18 conferences and several sessions focusing on hot topics in industry and optics research. A plenary address by Ronan Burgess, a project manager at the photonics unit of the European Commission who works with communications technologies, will concentrate on the state of research funding under FP7.

With a comprehensive industry programme, sizable exhibit and more than a dozen new prototypes showcased in the Innovation Village, the event aims to connect photonics innovators with key business leaders in order to accelerate growth, collaboration, and innovation in the marketplace.

photo of henri rajbenbachAlso at SPIE Europe Photonics Europe, Henri Rajbenbach (at left), a European Commission officer, will be awarded the SPIE Europe Recognition Award for his work in photonics, including optical information processing, photorefractive materials, semiconductor lasers, pattern recognition, and real-time holography.

He joined the EC in 1997 as a programme manager for microelectronic integration, sensors, optoelectronics and microsystems and is currently overseeing a project portfolio in the area of micro- and nanosystems.

Multidisciplinary conference themes on micro/nano technologies, optics, photonics, and laser technologies will create a dynamic environment to network and cross-pollinate ideas. In addition, special sessions on industrial applications will cover recent advancements in solar energy and automotive applications, sensors, biophotonics, solid-state lasers, and more.

Special Programmes

Plenary presentations throughout the week will give attendees an overview of the most important developments in the field. Attendees will also hear a report on the Advanced Components Cooperation for Optoelectronics Research and Development, funded under FP6 of the European Union.

Plenary speakers include:

  • Hugo Thienpont, Vrije University (Belgium), top research priorities
  • Eugene Arthurs, CEO of SPIE Europe, global trends in photonics invention and innovation
  • Miguel Gonzalez-Herraez, University of Alcala (Spain), slow and fast light in optical fibres
  • James Grote, U.S. Air Force Research Lab, DNA-based biopolymers for photonics
  • Haisheng Rong, Intel (USA), silicon-based optical devices, silicon Raman lasers, wavelength converters, and dispersion compensators
  • Yasuhiro Koike, Keio University (Japan), the status of photonics polymers for “fibre to the display”

Events for newly elected SPIE Fellows, students, and early career professionals and a presentation from SPIE Women in Optics will round out the week.

Industry Sessions

The industry perspective sessions include executive briefings on key technologies and market sectors to aid participants in identifying partners and early adopters for new products. Presentations on OLEDs, product design for MEMS, biotechnology drivers, the photovoltaic market, applications of thermography, the latest on Photonics21, and other topics will span three days.

The symposium’s unique Innovation Village, during exhibition hours Tuesday through Thursday, is providing free exhibit space to 15 young photonics innovators from all over Europe who will compete for five special awards and gain introductions to venture capitalists who can speed the transfer of their research and technology into new and useful products.

The Innovation Village is cosponsored by Rhenaphotonics Alsace, a cluster organization in the province of Alsace.

For more information about SPIE Europe Photonics Europe, go to http://spie.org/epe.

DOI: 10.1117/2.4200804.18