Photonics21 is a voluntary association and represents the interest of the European photonics industry and research institutes in the field of photonics in Europe. Photonics21 is not a legal body and does not possess any legal form.

Who are the members?

Everyone who is involved in applied research, technical development and practical application of photonic technologies can become a Photonics21 member. The main reason for which European Technology Platforms have been launched is to better align European research and innovation priorities with industry's needs. Thus, in particular, photonics-related companies and research institutions are invited to join Photonics21 and to implement the European photonics strategy.

Representatives of public bodies and governmental organisations who are involved in photonics research and innovation are invited to join and participate in the Photonics21 Mirror Group.

Statistics - Photonics21 Membership (PC)
Statistics - Photonics21 Membership (MAC)

Why to join?

As a Photonics21 member you have the opportunity to become part of the European photonics community and network. Apart from networking and meeting photonics experts from all over Europe you can join up to two Photonics21 Work Groups and participate in developing photonics research and innovation priorities to define future photonics research and innovation funding in Europe. As a Photonics21 member you can also receive the Photonics21 newsletter providing latest information on photonics in Europe. Photonics21 members also have access to the Photonics21 member area via the website.

How to join?

Photonics21 is based on a personal membership. If you would like to join Photonics21, please fill in the application form.

For further details on the Photonics21 membership you can download the Photonics21 Terms of Reference.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Photonics21 Secretariat
c/o VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH
VDI-Platz 1
40468 Düsseldorf
Markus Wilkens
Consultant Laser and Optics Research
+49 (0) 211 6214-478

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