Photonics is the science and technology of light. Photonics deals with generating, guiding, manipulating, amplifying and detecting light. Photonics is behind many of the innovations which have transformed the way we lived in the last few years. We are on the verge of a new photonics era.

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Lasers, optical fibres, the cameras and the displays in our phones, LED lighting in our cars, homes, computer screens & TVs and optical tweezers are just a few examples of how photonics have changed technology and affected our daily lives. Given current landscape and the potential which photonics has to enhance innovation across several industries, it has been recognized as one of Europe's Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) of the 21st Century.

The European Technology Platform Photonics21 represents photonics research priorities at the European level. It aims to develop a common approach between European industry, science and policy. With Photonics21 the European Commission signed for a Private Public Partnership, for the support and development of this fundamental part of European science and business.