Success for the Tampere launch event of the Photonics Research and Innovation Flagship
The Photonics Research and Innovation Flagship launch event gathered Tampere University leaders, photonics researchers and local stakeholders together to celebrate the success in the Academy of Finland funding.
Tampere University held an internal launch event to celebrate the success of photonics in the Academy of Finland flagship funding. The Photonics Research and Innovation Flagship (PREIN) was one of the six selected Flagships for funding over a period eight-year from the beginning of 2019.
In the launch event the extensive community of photonics researchers, representatives of Tampere University and local stakeholders got together. Of the regional contacts, Business Tampere, Pirkanmaa region, the Tampere imaging community and local photonics related companies, such as AAC Technologies and Nomicam, were represented, as well as the former mayor the city of Tampere Anna-Kaisa Ikonen.
President reminded of strong spearheads
President Mari Walls opened the event emphasizing the importance of strong research spearheads in technology and cooperation with other universities and stakeholders. Dean of the faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences Martti Kauranen looked back in to the impressive thirty-year history of photonics research in Tampere thanking those who contributed to the development of the field during the past decades.
Light-based technologies are crucial for sustainable future
The director of the photonics Flagship professor Goëry Genty introduced the objectives of PREIN, highlighting the importance of light-based technologies in our everyday life and its key role for a sustainable future, and encouraging other communities to join the Flagship to make it a truly multi-disciplinary platform that develops novel solutions to societal challenges.
The vice-director professor Jyrki Saarinen from the University of Eastern Finland focused on the importance and impact of photonics in the Finnish economy, emphasising the opportunity for new industrial collaborations.
Photonics and light-based technologies in everyday life
The Flagship on Photonics Research and Innovation focuses on light-based technologies and their applications. Photonics and light-based technologies play a central role in all areas of modern life, including in telecommunications, biomedicine, health care, energy and environment, manufacturing, and consumer products. The coordinator of the PREIN flagship is Tampere University. Other partners are the University of Eastern Finland, Aalto University and VTT.