Great success for the Kickoff Meeting of PREIN

The PREIN flagship organised an official kick-off in connection to the Optics and Photonics days on May 27th in cooperation with Photonics Finland

The Photonics Research and Innovation (PREIN) flagship organised its official kick-off at Dipoli, Espoo, in connection with the Optics and Photonics days conference on May 27th organized by Photonics Finland.  The event was a great success attracting over 150 researchers and stakeholders to hear about the flagship innovation network, its organization, scientific objectives, societal and economical impact, as well as education and outreach targets. Perspectives and expectations from the Ministry of Culture and Education on one hand, and from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment on the hand were also presented. The participants subsequently diving into smaller groups and actively participated in a session aiming at discussing the different research themes and initiating new collaborations. 

The flagship director Prof. Goëry Genty first introduced the overall rational and structure of the flagship with the four partner organisations. He also summarized the different actions which have been implemented and those that have been planned for the near future. The Vice Director Jyrki Saarinen introduced the outreach and industry collaboration of PREIN, highlighting the need to cooperate in research, development and innovation.

Industry Advisor, Finance Mikko Huuskonen from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment stressed the importance of new technological innovations to the economic growth of Finland. The Director of the Science policy Division, Erja Heikkinen Ministry of Education and Culture acclaimed the flagships as innovation networks for their high societal and educational impact.

The work package sessions were particularly appreciated, giving researchers in the Flagship the opportunity to understand the scientific targets of the flagship and express their interest in contributing to them.

Marianne Hiltunen from VTT and Mathieu Roussey from University of Eastern Finland  discussing the impact of stakeholders in the PREIN flagship technology transfer cooperation with the participants of the work package session.

Given the overall success, it was decided that there will be an annual event co-located with the Optics and Photonics Days and dedicated to present the scientific results, outreach and education activities, industrial collaborations, and the economical/societal impact generated by the PREIN flagship. In 2020 PREIN will be showcased in Turku at OPD2020.