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Follow-Up - Photonics Research and Innovation Priority Setting Process for Horizon 2020 Work Programmes 2018 - 2020
A follow-up Photonics21 Work Group 1 workshop tokk place on 30 May 2016 at the Novotel Centre Gare Montparnasse in Paris. The workshop continued the discussions to define the photonics research and innovation priorities for Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018 - 2020. The workshop participants currently prepare the draft WG1 R&I priority document which will be circulated to all WG1 members within the next weeks.
Photonics21 Work Group 2 held another workshop on 19 April 2016 to continue the discussions of the Brussels workshop and define the work group 2 research and innovation priorities for Horizon 2020 work programme 2018 - 2020. The draft WG2 R&I priority document will be shared with all WG2 members within the next weeks.
Photonics21 Work Group 3 scheduled another workshop which will be held on 7 July 2016 at the Airport Conference Centre at Frankfurt Airport. You can download the draft agenda.
Photonics21 Work Group 4 hold another workshop on 11 May 2016 at the Hilton Airport Munich. The workshop continued the discussions of the Brussels workshop and presented the results of the three task forces lighting, displays and electronics. The draft WG4 R&I priority proposals will be shared with all WG4 members for further feedback within the next weeks.
Photonics21 Work Group 5 members have received the final version of the WG5 R&I priorities which was revised based on the received feedback.
The Photonics21 work group 6 workshop was held on 13 May 2016 at the Dorint Airport-Hotel Amsterdam to continue the discussion of the Brussels workshop and define the work group 6 research and innovation priorities for Horizon 2020 work programme 2018 - 2020. The draft WG6 R&I priorities will be shared with all WG6 members for further feedback within the next weeks.
The Photonics21 work group 7 workshop was held on 25 May 2016 at the Hilton Frankfurt Airport to further elaborate and define the work group 7 research and CSA priorities. The workshop participants currently revise the draft WG7 Research and CSA proposals which will then be shared with all WG7 members for further feedback within the next weeks.
For any background information on the photonics research and innovation prioritiy process for Horizon 2020 work programmes 2018 - 2020 please go to: http://www.photonics21.org/AboutPhotonics21/Photonics-PPP/Research-and-Innovation-Priorities.php
Photonics PPP project Photonics4All published an interesting video how photonics influences and changes our life
The Photonics PPP supported the event and is closely working with public and private fund-holders to seek additional funding beyond Horizon 2020 and better channel funding to where it’s needed.
At his introductional Key Note Speech Photonics21 Vice President Giorgio Anania, gave an overview on the current financial situation of photonics companies and also looked at the competitive gaps many entrepreneurs and SME’s face in Europe versus those markets with a much larger developed VC scene. He also looked at the tasks to do to make use of the chances the public financing tools by the EU institutions (EIB/EIF, InnoFin) offered for Key Enabling Technologies. A new Photonics PPP Task Force set up bringing together internal and external experts is striving to open up new sources of financing for photonics.
To read more click on the link below:
‘lab-in-a-box’ in photonics stimulates 125 000 young minds for STEM
Today we are proud to announce that a school in Finland has received the 2500th Photonics Explorer. Photonics Explorer is an educational kit,developed by the photonics research team B - PHOT at VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), for students of secondary schools to experiment with the different properties of light and photons. The concept is a 'lab-in-a-box' that enables students of the 2nd and 3rd grade to do photonics experiments themselves at school with lasers, LEDs, lenses, optical fibers, and other high-tech components.
The kit fits the learning objectives for sciences and pursues two main objectives of STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics). In the first instance Photonics Explorer links applications to real-world situations and to the life of young people. They discover for example how the polarization of light is crucial for LCD screens of smartphones and tablets, or how light can speed up the time to download movies from the Internet.
Furthermore, the kit is also built entirely around inquiry-based learning in which all students are involved, observing and reasoning actively. This hands-on approach gives students more confidence and stimulates their curiosity and problem-solving skills.
Photonics, or the science of light, which affects many aspects of our lives, can provide solutions to important future challenges for our society. For example in terms of energy with solar panels and smart LED lights, around optical sensors for self-driven cars and smart cities, through lighting technology for faster data networks, but also in the biomedical optical domain with new medical techniques.
125 000 young students potential STEM minds
Thanks to the 2500 Photonics Explorers, each year about 125 000 young people from
secondary schools in Europe learn about the wonderful world of light. The program on Photonics Explorer provides a workshop for teachers with a supportive educational framework. The durable kit contains relevant background on photonics, worksheets and other teaching material to make the experimental lessons very time efficient. Below you will find some quotes that reflect the experience of teachers. The 26 Local Associated Partners (LAPs) of Photonics Explorer across Europe organize teacher trainings and the distribution of kits in their particular region.
A selection of quotes teachers illustrate their positive experience on high usability in the classroom:
"This is a good concept, with many simple components that are really useful and practical for students." "The students are very curious and eager to work, they love to get started with the kit." "Photonics Explorer stimulates in a captivating way the scientific interest of the students." The experiences and more videos about Photonics Explorer can be viewed via http://www.eyest.eu/Programs/Photonics-Explorer.
Nathalie Debaes, CEO EYESTvzw responsible for the composition and global distribution of the kits:
"The Photonics Explorer was developed at the VUB by B-PHOT, as part of a European project and in collaboration with many international partners. The concept fits perfectly with the goals of STEM, to present science in an engaging and interactive way for young people of secondary schools. The interest of the schools and teachers is considerable: bringing 2500 Photonic Explorer kits to the schools reaches far beyond our expectation. The team behind Photonics Explorer continues its mission to motivate many young minds to work with photonics in all its applications."
A European group of scientists are working on the development of a breakthrough, compact, cost-effective retinal scanner that will play a key role in targeting the early diagnosis of retinal diseases that are worldwide leading causes of blindness. Funded by the Photonics PPP platform, OCTChip is set to revolutionise diagnosis of retinal diseases and prevent millions of cases of blindness.
Diabetic Retinopathy accounts for the leading cause of blindness, with 200 million cases worldwide, and 60 million affected Europeans. With an ageing population, higher life expectancies and rising levels of diabetes, the number of cases preventable blindness are increasing.
The retina, with a thickness of 0.25mm and composed of over 10 layers, is very difficult to access at the back of the eye with any other technology than OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography), the established method of diagnosis in eye-related diseases.
However, as Professor Wolfgang Drexler, Professor of Medical Physics and Head of Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at the Medical University of Vienna, who heads the OCTChip project, observes:
"State-of-the-art OCT technology has its limitations: it is bulky, the size of a desk top and quite expensive, costing anything in the region of €100, 000 per unit. It can detect abnormalities but at the present moment, compact, cost effective versions that can be used outside of hospitals and in private practice in a hand held mode do not exist."
"The core component of our OCTChip project targets the size of a 1 cent coin. It will reduce costs and is maintenance free. Hence retinal diseases like Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma as well as other retina diseases that are worldwide leading causes for blindness might be diagnosed via screening with this cost-effective compact point-of-care version of OCT."
"OCTChip fosters wide spread use to visualise and quantify the retina in more definition, so we can diagnose diseases better, quicker, and cheaper." Professor Drexler said.
The long term potential for OCTChip is exciting: hand-held, wireless and robust, it will work via Bluetooth, on a mobile phone or a tablet, enabling improving healthcare in remote Third World areas. As a miniaturized imaging technique, the implications mean it could probably be used as a battery operated capsule for gastrointestinal diagnosis in the future.
It is believed that the OCTChip scanner can be made so user friendly that self-diagnosis will be possible. “Perhaps in the future this will be available in supermarkets, for self-diagnosis" said Professor Drexler.
The OCTChip team hopes to have refined their first prototype by end of 2017 and targets for mass commercialisation to begin around 2020.
You can download the news release.
Call for speakers and topic proposals: Photonics for Healthcare workshop connects businesses and researchers of photonics and healthcare
Photonics Finland is looking forward to receiving any topic proposals, ideas and speaker suggestions and is especially looking for speakers who are working in the field of healthcare and using photonics solutions and IoT.
For proposal and further information, please contact Photonics Finland:
Tuukka Pakarinen, Communication Manager, Photonics Finland
Telephone +358 50 313 5930
New opto-acoustic device uses photonics to see blood vessels, skin oxygenation and pathophysiological features for more accurate diagnosis of skin cancer and treatment of wounds
Scientists are developing a new photonics device that listens to light and could be capable of detecting skin cancer and other diseases more accurately than ever before, eliminating the need for unnecessary and invasive biopsies.
With around 232,000 people around the world, estimated to have been diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2012, and with 55,500 deaths, early diagnosis of the disease could see hundreds of thousands of lives saved over the next ten years, improve quality of life and reduce healthcare costs.
Traditionally, skin diseases are diagnosed visually by a physician using the naked eye or a magnifying glass and personal experience to make a decision. Invasive, uncomfortable, and potentially damaging procedures such as biopsies are often performed to confirm or exclude the presence of disease. This new breakthrough would give physicians an accurate and reliable way to objectively identify serious skin diseases for the first time.
“We are essentially listening to light, allowing us to see not just structures but molecules and biology on and under the skin, at depths and contrast never visualized before. It will enable physicians to make accurate and objective diagnosis of skin conditions for the first time.” said Professor Vasilis Ntziachristos, INNODERM Coordinator and Chair for Biological Imaging at the Technical University of Munich.
The method uses opto-acoustics, sending light waves of different wavelengths into the skin and detecting ultrasound waves generated within tissue in response to light absorption to build up an image of the skin tissue and specific molecules therein.
The prototype can visualize at depths up to 5mm under the skin, measures 4cm x 4cm x 7cm, no bigger than a small apple and can be placed on the skin to generate a high-resolution image in less than a minute. Being portable and of small form factor means that it could be used on expeditions or in remote areas of the world where a young doctor with little experience can make accurate, objective diagnoses.
“The device allows us to see blood vessels, skin oxygenation and potentially several novel pathophysiological features which are an integral area in the development of diseases. No one has ever been able to see like this before.” continued Professor Ntziachristos.
INNODERM, or Innovative Dermatology Healthcare based on Label-Free Spectral Optoacoustic Mesoscopy , combines the expertise of world-class engineers, scientists and clinicians in a consortium comprising 5 partners from 4 European countries.
The project has been awarded a grant of €3.8 million from Horizon 2020, the EU framework programme for research and innovation under the Photonics21 Public Private Partnership.
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The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is heading a European research project, where engineers and physicians together develop a new handheld instrument for early diagnosis of skin cancer.
The concept may facilitate earlier detection, improved disease monitoring and immense savings for the executing clinical centers.
Over the next five years, a research team consisting of engineers, bioengineers and physicians will research an innovative new imaging device that promises to revolutionize detection and treatment monitoring of a wide variety of skin conditions ranging from wounds and scar healing to autoimmune disease and cancer. The new device sends short light pulses to the skin and detects ultrasound waves generated in response to light absorption by skin molecules and structures. Tomographic analysis of the ultrasound waves can reveal unprecedented volumetric views of skin constituents and disease manifestations at resolutions and depths never reached before by an optical method. Then, by using light pulses at different colors, accurate spectroscopic information is revealed not only for morphological, but also biochemical features of skin, providing accurate and specific diagnostic information.
The goal is to provide the physicians with a tool that allows on site-assessment of morphological, physiological and cellular changes of the skin area examined not only by inspecting the skin surface, but also sub-surface features within several millimeters of depth. In contrast to ultrasound skin imaging, Multi-Spectral Optoacoustic Mesoscopy (MSOM) considered in INNODERM can visualize features of healthy and morbid skin with markedly superior contrast and specificity. The research team will investigate the new MSOM device in different dermatology conditions, including cancer, cosmetics, hair growth / restoration and inflammatory diseases and establish a set of features that can aid the dermatologist to achieve earlier detection and more accurate treatment follow-up. Overall, the new technology promises to lead to healthcare cost savings by reducing the number of unnecessary biopsies and offering individualized treatment monitoring towards precision dermatology.
Photonics21 is the European Technology Platform (ETP) for photonics –a technology encompassing all of the products and processes around the emission, manipulation and detection of light. It is integral to a wide range of industries that include the medical, healthcare, transport, manufacturing, and telecommunications sectors. In December 2005 "Photonics21" was set up to bring the community of photonics professionals and industries together.
In September 2009, the European Commission defined photonics as one of five European Key Enabling Technologies (KET's) and shortly after the European Research & Innovation Program "Horizon 2020" invited Photonics21 to become a "Public Private Partnership" (PPP). In November 2013 the "Photonics 21 Association", a legal entity under Belgium law, became the private contract partner in a Public Private Partnership (PPP) in conjunction with the EU Commission.
Today Photonics21 represents more than 2500 personal members from all over Europe. Our members are experts in the photonics industry, research organisations and universities who actively engage with us to develop a joint photonics strategy for future research and innovation in Europe.
With the global photonics market growing at twice the world economic growth rate, from 350 Billion Euros in 2011 to 615 Euros in 2020, Photonics21 stands in a secure global market position. The production of European photonics alone accounts for 60 billion Euros and employs over 350,000 people directly.
With strong growth forecast, current industry trends like digitalisation, resource efficiency, individual and zero failure production will drive the photonics industry further.
For more information about Photonics21 please go to:
Time: Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 10:00 – 16:30h
Venue: Herriot’s, Room 3/4, Herriotstraße 1, 60528 Frankfurt / Main, Germany
(next to VDMA headquarters, directions)
For details and topics see the preliminary agenda.
If you are interested in participating and in giving a short presentation on your proposals for funding priorities (10 minutes), please contact email@example.com by May 31. Presentations should be neither presentations on specific project ideas nor company introductions.
Purpose of the consultation workshop:
The European Commission is currently preparing the ICT Work Programme for 2018, 2019 and 2020 under the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020. This workshop is organized in collaboration with the Photonics21 and the Organic and Printed Electronics Association, OE-A. The workshop will serve as a consultation of its stakeholders with the aim of collecting input and advice to help DG Connect defining the ICT Work Programme text for 2018, 2019 and 2020 for the TOLAE area. The workshop is open to any interested person. Registration is mandatory and closing on 31 May 2016.
We are looking forward to your participation and input.