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    August 01 2017     |     comments

    Keynote Remarks at World Technology Mapping Forum

    by José Pozo, Director of Technology and Innovation, European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC)

    The forum was organised jointly by Photondelta, The Netherlands & the AIM Photonics Academy based in Boston. 

    UPDATE October 1st 2017: Save The Dates

    We are delighted to announce the dates and location for the second World Technology Mapping Forum. It will be held on the campus of the University of Twente in Enschede, The Netherlands from June 20-22nd 2018. More practical details on the forum programme and hotel information will follow at the start of 2018.  In the meantime, if you participated in June 2017 and have feedback on what you would like to see in 2018, please get in touch. We suggest signing up for the free WTMF Newsletter to stay informed of developments.


    In June 2017, just over 170 scientists, researchers, government representatives and high-tech industry experts from 17 countries converged on the Dutch city of s’Hertogenbosch. They came to discuss next generation technologies the world is going to need in 2030 and beyond. That’s important now because we’re reaching the economic end of what’s popularly known as “Moore’s Law”. And particles of light (photons) rather than electrons will be the engine driving many new applications in communications and life sciences that we’ll soon take for granted. The public keynotes are being transcribed and published, since it explains the technology challenges that photonics needs to solve, now and two decades from now. This is the third in the series. 

    José Pozo, Director of Technology and Innovation, European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC)

    "As a body representing over 315 members active in photonics, we hope that this technology workshop will produce a starting document which outlines the main challenges ahead. We are all looking for ways to speed up the deployment of light technologies in several industry sectors. 

    There are still many issues we need to solve. Speeding up the development of PIC packaging solutions is one. And we need to seriously address the gender gap right across our sector.  

    "As I explain in this keynote, photonics is rapidly going beyond the telecom sector, into spacetech, medical, agrotech, and security. Progress is being driven by the integration process, so we can manufacture smaller, smarter, light-enabled chips that can plug and play into existing industrial workflows. We believe that industry should play a leading role in this photonics systems roadmap. That means involving not only the large corporations who are already well-advanced in their use of photonics, but also the smaller enterprises which make up 80% of the innovative high-tech companies in Europe."

    "The European Commission is taking the right path by setting up Photonics PilotLines, bring down the cost for SME's to innovate and encouraging collaborative approaches in the pre-commercial phases of product development."