Open Letter to the European Commission

Photonics21 reported on three Nobel laureates from the field of Photonics, warning of the consequences of reducing the EC science budget even further.



The open letter to the European Commission is intended to underline the urgency of further promotion of the photonics sector. The goals of the European Community can only be achieved with photonics as one of the key technologies. The reduction of the already minimal budget, from €700 million over the years 2014-2020 to €500 million for 2021-2027, would have dramatic effects on the labor market, the economy and the health care system of the entire European Union. Find out more ...

Photonics Digital Innovation Hub secures € 19 million to boost SME growth and ensure Europe’s global competitiveness

In order to accelerate the uptake and deployment of photonics technologies by European industry,  PhotonHub will establish a single photonics innovation hub which integrates all of the best-in-class photonics technologies, facilities, expertise and experience of 53 top competence centres across Europe under one roof as a one-stop-shop solution with open access for any company anywhere in Europe that wants to innovate with photonics.

As a result, PhotonHub will provide European companies, in particular “non-photonics” SMEs and mid-caps that are first users and early adopters of photonics, with open access and guided orienteering through the PhotonHub front office in Brussels, across a broad range of services and capabilities covering:

·         training and upskilling supports

·         “test before invest” innovation support

·         supports to find investment


PhotonHub Europe will commence operations from early 2021 and will be operating a continuous open call for companies to apply for its support services. Applications for support will be facilitated online through the PhotonHub website located at


We are very pleased to welcome two new members at Photonics Austria in the last quarter of 2020 as well! A warm welcome to an Laser Peak and CDS – Ceramic Data Solution GmbH!



Start of project Phorsch! – Photonics for schools!

Phorsch! – Photonics for schools! – enables students to experience photonics, the technology of light, via exploratory learning.



Funded by the FFG – the Austrian Research Promotion Agency – and lead by Graz University of Technology, Phorsch! is going to implement eight interactive workshops in three provinces, supported by industry and academia, namely ams AG, Photonics Austria, University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien and University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg.

photonics 21 annual meeting

The next Photonics PPP Annual Meeting will take place on May 27/28, 2020 in the conference centre The EGG in Brussels.


The online registration is now open, benefit of an early bird rate of 180 € until 15th April 2020!


Online Registration


Invitation Photonics 21 Annual Meeting 2020
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Project carla takes off

The CARLA project focuses on the development and implementation of replicable photonics career camps that encourage MINT students and young researchers to pursue a career in photonics. Another focus is on cooperation with companies in order to encourage students to have better career opportunities and to improve the employability of students in the photonics industry.

In Austria, a career camp is expected to take place in Graz in September 2021. Through the Photonics Austria network, students from all over Austria will participate, but invitations will also be sent out internationally with a focus on Italy, Slovenia and Hungary.

new members autumn 2019

We are very happy to welcome three new members to Photonics Austria in the last quarter of 2019!
A warm welcome to ASA, University of Innsbruck Institute for Experimental Physics and Prospective Instruments!

DELEGATIONTRIP to JENA & cooperation agreement OPTONET

13.-15. November 2019

As part of the opening ceremony in the SCALA panorama banquet in Jena, the  Executive Board of OptoNet and Photonics Austria, Dr. Torsten Poßner (OptoNet) and Dr. Heinz Seyringer (Photonics Austria) signed a cooperation agreement between the two photonics regions.
Cooperation in areas such as technology competence, research strategy, education and training, promotion of young talents and international industry marketing will strengthen the two photonics regions.
In the future, the activities of both partners will be coordinated in regular exchange.
Photonics Austria is looking forward to the beginning of a successful cooperation with OptoNet!
The following companies/facilities in Jena provided us with interesting insights:
  • Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH.
  • Fraunhofer IOF
  • siOPTICA GmbH.
  • ams Senors Germany GmbH.
  • microfluidic chip shop

Due to the warm welcome and the professional organization of our host OptoNet - especially Mrs. Anke Mank, Mrs. Nora Kirsten and Mr. Thomas Bauer - the event was an absolute highlight in this photonics year.

official video of the international day of light on mai 16th 2019

Sophisticated semiconductor structures

Prof. Gottfried Strasser from the TU Vienna develops sophisticated semiconductor structures that function simultaneously as lasers and light detectors. He has now received an award for his work.



Details here

In the land of key Technologies: AUSTRIAN INNOVATORS

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Impression 1 hour before the Event: Impression here

On the occasion of the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF LIGHT on 16 May 2019, the PHOTONICS AUSTRIA platform organised for more than 120 guests an interesting series of lectures with well-known Austrian photonics companies and technical experts in the impressive ambience of the MCI University on Maximilianstraße in Innsbruck (former Post Office) in order to offer a broad audience insights into this exciting future technology.


In the run-up to the main event, students from Innsbruck and the surrounding area were able to gain valuable experience in scientific work with the Fraunhofer Institute's BaKaRos system.


Heinz Seyringer (V-Research), Stefan Bernet (Med.-Uni Innsbruck), Albert Fiedler (Swarovski-Optik), Carina Buchholz (Zumtobel) and Gregor Weihs (Uni Innsbruck) gave insights into the following topics:


  • Hightlights in Photonics
  • Diffractive lenses with variable refractive power
  • Feel and see optics
  • Opportunities and limitations of the new tunable white technology for lighting applications
  • quantum photonics - harnessing quantum states of light


These topics were underlined with applications by Wilfried Pohl (Bartenbach), Elisabeth Kostal (FH Vorarlberg), Alexander Wörle (KDG) and Truong Le (Fraunhofer Institute).


The cosy setting in the beautiful ambience of the "old post office" ensured an interesting exchange between the guests.


To the presentations:

Fiedler Albert Optik sehen und fühlen.pd
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Stefan Bernet Diffraktive Linsen.pdf
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Wilfried Pohl Bartenbach.pdf
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Buchholz Carina ZUMTOBEL_tunableWhite_DE
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Membermeeting on 16th of May 2019 in Aldrans by Innsbruck at BARTENBACH

The second member meeting in 2019 took place on 16.5. in Aldrans near Innsbruck. This time we were hosted by Bartenbach, whose hospitality provided us with a nice setting for our meeting.


THANK YOU to our two new members SWAREFLEX and GARNET for the insights into the companies and to all members for the active participation and organization of our meeting.

We welcome new members to Photonics Austria




Am Sonnenhügel 29

9536 St. Egyden


Josef Heiss Straße 1

6134 Vomp



STIWA Automation GmbH.

Salzburgerstraße 52

4800 Attnang-Puchheim




c/o Science Park, Stremayrgasse 16/IV

8010 Graz

Highlights - international day of light 16th of may

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save the date: Photonics ppp annual meeting, 27.-28.3.2019

Save the date for the next Photonics Public Private Partnership Annual Meeting which will be held on 27th and 28th March 2019 in Brussels.

The event will focus on our further way towards the new European Framework Programme Horizon Europe and will present the new European photonics roadmap to the European Commission.


A high-level symposium and networking reception on 27th March 2019 will take place in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts. The second event day will focus on the Photonics21 workshop sessions, which will start the photonics R&I priority setting process for the first photonics calls under Horizon Europe.


As part of the event the winner of the Prototype Your Idea contest will be awarded.


Online Registration

The online registration is now open and you can benefit of an early bird rate of 180 € (students: 90 €) until 15th February 2019: Registration


More information here

Membermeeting on 10th of January 2019 in Vienna at VRVis

The first member meeting in 2019 took place on 10.1 in Vienna. The host this time was VRVis, Center for Virtual Reality and Visualization Forschungs-GmbH, which offered a perfect stage for the meeting.


Many thanks also go to our three guest speakers Anette Altenpohl, Manfred Halver and Ulrich Trog, who gave extremely informative lectures to our participants.


In addition to some organizational questions regarding the management of the association, it was decided to launch the new working group "Education" under the leadership of Prof. Joachim Krenn in 2019.


We thank all members for their active participation and look forward to a successful year 2019.



23. November 2018, HTL TGM, Vienna 20:

Exhibition "light fountain" as a public experiment on optical fiber transmission and optical data transmission.
More than 40 info sheets distributed to the experiment, about 80 families were thrilled.


Fotos (c) Joanna Pianka

photonics 4 industrial production

On October 29th the workshop Photonics 4 Industrial Production of Photonics Austria took place in Vienna in cooperation with the platform Industrie 4.0. With nearly 40 participants the successful event included 7 lectures on Laser Production Technologies and Simulation, Monitoring and AR as well as two interesting panel discussions. Following the framework programm the participants and speakers harnessed the opportunity to network and also the guided testing of a Microsoft HoloLens was quite popular. The presentations will soon be available online.

Deep tech 4 good

DeepTech4Good is an Acceleration Programme, financed under the Horizon 2020 framework, committed to help Deep Tech startups accelerate their development and scale up at European level. 4 application domains: Health & Well-being, Industry 4.0, Smart Mobility, Smart City. DeepTech4Good is led by 4 innovation hubs from Germany, France, Austria and Spain, working together to identify high potential Deep Tech startups.

More information here

Photonics 4 industrial production


Date: Oct. 29th 2018, 13:00-18:00

Vienna, Marriott Courtyard, Prater, Raum Krieau 1+2

Organisation by Photonics Austria in cooperation with Plattform Industrie 4.0

This workshop is free of charge. 



  • Lectures (Technology provider and End user from science and industry)
    (list of speakers will follow)
  • Panel discussion incl. audience
  • Networking






The workshop targets European companies as end users of photonic technologies. It will bring together experts at European level in the field of photonics, laser technology, mechanical processing and industrial technologies to discuss the opportunities for innovation that photonic technologies, such as high power lasers, optical sensors and data networks, can lead to production systems and mechanical processes and their applications in key regional, national and European manufacturing sectors.



"light in action"

international day of light on the 16th of may, 2018

The platform Photonics Austria organized a series of lectures with renowned Austrian Photonics Companies and experts in cooperation with the bmvit on the occasion of the international day of light on the 16th of May 2018 to offer a broad audience insights into the exciting future technology Photonics.


In the event hall of the Bundesamtsgebäude in Vienna interesting findings on different topics were presented. For example:

  • Lasertechnology in space flight
  • Quantumtechnology
  • Qualitymanagement for 3D prints
  • Colored Photons: a new generation of chips
  • Optical sensors of our future
  • Light radio technology and glas fibre technology
  • Metamaterials
  • The future of lighting beyond LED


Besides an exciting framework program with experiments and demonstrations there was the possibility to interchange and network with leading experts on this technological area during the breaks.


The bmvit and Photonics Austria are pleased about the huge interest for this event and look back on a well visited and successful event.

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