The European photonics community is ready to prepare for the next decade and implement the photonics vision for 2030. Within the last years the Photonics21 platform has grown to over 3,300 members representing 1,700 photonics companies and research organisations. Under the umbrella of the Photonics PPP founded in 2013 the European photonics community and the European Commission lead Horizon2020 to economic success. Their fruitful cooperation strengthens the €69 billion European photonics market which maintains its leading position as second largest producer of photonics products behind China.

Over the last 10 years European photonics production has increased by over 62% with around 300,000 people employed directly in the photonics sector. By 2020 additional 42,000 new jobs could be created which further demonstrates the enormous potential of photonics technologies. In the near future, photonics will continue to have a growing impact on most areas of our lives and will lead to breakthrough innovations in a wide variety of sectors, ranging from manufacturing to healthcare and energy.

The breakfast session “Europe’s age of light! How photonics will power growth and innovation” will demonstrate the impact of photonics and will present the photonics vision for 2030 as described in the new Photonics21 vision document. This report outlines the great challenges facing Europe and the world and presents a vision of how photonics technologies which are already in the innovation pipeline today can solve these challenges by 2030 and beyond to turn this vision into reality.