Caroline Amiot

Last Call: National surveys on Photonics Industry and Research are ready for your answers!

Photonics Finland is pleased to annonce that our National Surveys on Photonics Industry and Photonics Research are now ready for your inputs!

The aim of the Industry Survey is to map the operators in the Finnish photonics industry and the size of the Finnish industry as a whole. The contribution of every actor in the Finnish technology and corporate sector is therefore very important for the estimation of the growth prerequisites and financing needs in the sector.

The aim of the Research survey is to map the numbers of researchers in photonics or closely related fields and the extent of photonics research in Finnish higher education institutions and research organisations.

The results from both surveys will help to support and develop new business and research opportunities in the Finnish photonics field by mapping out the extent of research potential in institutions and the photonics industry operators as well as gaining a deep knowledge of their needs and perspectives.

All the obtained answers will be handled with great care and trust, and the results will be depicted only at an organisational level. The summary of the results will be anonymized and then shared with all respondents. We kindly ask you to respond to the survey by June 10th, 2022 at the latest!

In case you have any questions regarding the study, additional information on the targets and implementation of the study is provided:

Answer to the Research Survey and for more information contact Caroline Amiot, Project Manager, Photonics Finland (, Tel. +358 404 012 6653).

Answer to the Industry Survey and for more information contact Juha Purmonen, Executive Director, Photonics Finland (, Tel. +358 50 354 3832) 

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Awards from OPD21!

Photonics Finland is delighted to present the Optics and Photonics Days 2021 (OPD21) nominated awards! This year awards were shared in three categories:

  • The Company of The Year 2020
  • The Best Doctoral Thesis 2019 and 2020
  • The Best OPD21 poster Awards (3 posters)

The Company of The Year 2020 is Varjo Technologies!

And the best company of the year 2020 award was received by Varjo Technologies for their innovative work on immersive computing. Varjo Technology has been developing state of the art headset allowing the most immersive mixed reality experience ever constructed, where real and virtual elements blend together naturally. You can find more information about their work in the video below.

Speaker: Osku Sahlsten
In video on the right side: Varjo’s CTO Urho Konttori
Core optics team from the left: Perttu Keinänen, Evgeny Shirko ja Andrei Razumov.

The Best Doctoral Thesis Awards goes to PhD Teemu Tomberg (2020) and Phd Matias Koivurova (2019)!

The best doctoral thesis in 2020 was awarded to PhD Teemu Tomberg from the University of Helsinki for his work on “Application of interferometry and cantilever-enhanced photo acoustic spectroscopy to background-free trace gas detection”.

The best doctoral thesis in 2019 was awarded to PhD Matias Koivurova from the University of Eastern Finland for his work on “Coherence of pulsed light: theory, modeling and experiments”.

The Best OPD21 Poster Awards goes for Mehr Fatima, Prabudeva Ramu and Lea Kopf!

Mehr Fatima, research scientist at VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, National Institute of Metrology VTT MIKES with her poster on “Radiocarbon dioxide detection using cantilever-enhanced photo acoustic spectroscopy”
Prabudeva Ramu, doctoral researcher in the Optoelectronics Research Center at Tampere University with his poster on “Ultra-thin and flexible solar cells for space applications”
Lea Kopf, doctoral researcher in the Experimental Quantum Optics group at Tampere University with her poster on “Spectral vector beams”

Lea Kopf, Prabudeva Ramu and Mehr Fatima (missing from the photo) was nominated for The Best OPD21 poster!

Warmest congratulations to all of you and best of luck!

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