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Technology 07-12-2020

Infectious diseases – A global crisis in need of new solutions

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The infographic shows the tools and new methods that European photonics researchers are developing to combat infectious diseases that rapidly detect viruses, bacteria and fungi with cutting edge light technologies.
Technology 30-03-2020

Does Europe lack a financial market for photonics?

The photonics industry is an emerging but already consolidating market, with more than 100 acquisitions per year. But does Europe lack a financial market for the technology? EPIC's Carlos Lee explores.
Technology 16-03-2020

Photonics, the ‘Green Deal’ technology

Photonics have been defined as a vital technology in Europe's future digital transformation as well as helping the bloc achieve broader sustainability goals and strategic autonomy. However, there remains a deficit in public awareness on the technology. EURACTIV caught up with DG Connect's Lucilla Sioli to find out what photonics can do for Europe's digital sector and beyond.
Technology 11-03-2020

Europe’s resilience in the global photonics marketplace

Europe's well-established intellectual and scientific history in developing optical technologies has brought the continent to its current position as the second-highest global manufacturer of photonics equipment. With rapid development over recent years, the technology could help the EU to attain its political goal of technological sovereignty.
Technology 10-03-2020

The world’s first augmented reality surgical operation

For Giovanni Badiali, it is a day like any other. Adorned in the standard surgical attire, he enters the operating room and prepares his medial implements with the patient lying flat before him.
Technology 09-03-2020

How the light gets in: Europe’s Photonics Landscape

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Photonics technologies are ubiquitous. Earmarked by the European Commission as a Key Enabling Technology for the 21st Century, photonics equipment is used across quantum computing applications, agricultural technologies, Internet of Things devices, self-driving cars, and healthcare tech, amongst many others.
Technology 09-03-2020

Harnessing the power of light: A European history of photonics

Europe has a long and rich history of harnessing the power of light to extend the technical and practical capacities of the human species. The modern day utilisation of light for such means takes its form in the technology of photonics, and today, Europe's clout in the arena is formidable.
Trade & Society 24-11-2014

Photonics: fostering a new wave of industrial innovation

In order to move forward its plans for an ‘industrial renaissance’, the European Commission has to focus on creating a framework that will encourage the new industries of tomorrow, like photonics, writes Michael Mertin.

Laser lobby bids for billions in EU research cash

A consortium of industry groups working on laser systems has proposed one of the largest ever public-private partnerships (PPPs) in European research, putting €5.6 billion on the table in return for a €1.4 billion injection of EU R&D cash.