PREIN Structure

PREIN Organizational structure 2022

The Flagship for Photonics Research and Innovation (PREIN) is one of the six flagships funded by the Academy of Finland. The Flagship program was launched in 2019 is an eight-year program that aims at supporting future knowledge, know-how, and sustainable solutions to societal challenges as well as advancing economic growth by developing new business opportunities.

PREIN is a research and innovation platform focusing on light-based solutions covering the entire innovation value chain from fundamental and applied research to prototype and technology development, industrial collaboration and start-ups. PREIN is a national initiative between four partners:

  • Tampere University (TAU) – also the coordinator
  • University of Eastern Finland (UEF)
  • Aalto University (Aalto)
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)

The PREIN organizational structure:

  • Steering Committee
  • Scientific Advisory Board
  • Board of Stakeholders
  • Management Group
  • Supporting Teams: Communication Team, Outreach Team and Innovation Team

The overall rationale of PREIN is to enhance and support the Finnish photonics ecosystem by merging the leading-edge photonics research activities for long-term joint work and creating direct links from fundamental to applied research and product development, addressing the fragmentation of the photonics community in Finland which is one of the main roadblocks to the growth of the field.

Beyond its scientific objectives and springboard role in the economic growth to the Finnish photonics ecosystem, PREIN also has an important societal impact through its outreach activities and education objectives. In particular, PREIN aims at educating the next generation of professionals in the sector, reaching out to schools to raise interest of children in photonics and promote careers in science and technology for women, as well as informing the general public on the importance of light science and technologies for the society.