Photonics from research to market: Empowering Europe’s strategic autonomy, supporting the green deal and securing resilience – Photonics21

Phorwards21 will develop and implement a comprehensive industrial strategy for photonics in Europe. The action will be implemented by Photonics21 (the EU Commission’s partner in the Horizon Europe Photonics Partnership) with its more than 3000 members, consisting of companies and research institutions as well as national photonics technology platforms and regional clusters. 

In addition to the already initiated collaborations with end-users as well as other deep-tech partnerships, contacts with national ministries (Photonics21 Mirror Group) and financial actors such as the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Investment Council (EIC) and (corporate) venture capital companies will be strengthened. The aim is to implement the European photonics strategy and thus build European autonomy in this critical technology. 

Specific roadmaps for the end-user community will be developed, focusing not only on research priorities but also on industrial implementation, including pilot lines and the creation of appropriate framework conditions.


January 2024


36 Months

Project Partners

  • VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH (DE)
  • Associazione Italiana Di Elettrotecnica, Electronica, Automazione, Informatica E Telecomunicazioni (IT)
  • Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (IT)
  • Photonics Finland (FI)
  • Ekonomiska Foreningen PhotonicSweden (SE)
  • J&S Tjörnhammar AB (SE)
  • PB Science Management KB (SE)
  • LS Lasertech Innovation KB (SE)
  • Ellinki Enosi Fotonikis Astiki Mikerdoskopiki Etairia (EL)
  • Moksliniu Tyrimu Ir Techbologiju Organizaciju Asociacija (LT)
  • Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (AT)
  • Photonics France (FR)
  • Photonics Bretagne (FR)
  • Polska Platforma Technologiczna Fotoniki (PL)
  • University College Cork – National Univerdity of Ireland, Cork (IE)
  • Vereniging PhotonicsNL (NL)
  • Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya (ES)
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)
  • Verein Schweizer Laser und Photonik Netz (CH)
  • Photonics Leadership Limited (UK)
  • Harlin Ltd (UK)
  • Anchored In Limited (UK)