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Photonics for the 21st Century (Photonics21)


Thematic task force/working group in EU


Information & communication technologies


Photonics21 undertakes to establish Europe as a leader in the development and deployment of Photonics in five industrial areas (Information and Communication, Lighting and Displays, Manufacturing, Life Science, and Security) as well as in Education and Training. Through a shared vision between industrial and public actors, it will create the critical environment necessary for visionary and industrially relevant R&D in photonic components, systems and applications.

Participating Countries

All EU Member States and Associated countries


Photonics21 Secretariat c/o VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH VDI-Platz 1 40468 Duesseldorf Germany Telephone: +49 (0) 211 6214-668

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BILAT-USA (Grant Agreement no: 244434) and Link2US (Grant Agreement no: 244371) Projects are co-funded by the European Union’s Capacities Programme on International Cooperation under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Cooperation.