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Photonics Finland webpage updated!

Photonics Finland webpage updated!

Photonics Finland webpage has renewed! The main actions was focused for better event-, members- and service- management but also there are a lot happened “under the hood”, that is why the new page is a lot faster than previous one. The layout is still familiar but way more usable in many ways. 

This webpage update was a follow-up for previously made updates such as Photonics Job Board site, that was released in Early 2021. Last but not least the Optics & Photonics Days page will be updated next, currently the OPD21 will be still using the old system. Also there will be some small updates to whole website on the go.

Here are some of the main features of Photonics.fi:

  • New Members Database with company / organisation -profiles and search-tool.
    • All members have own profile with preliminary information and logo already added.
    • Search tool can be used with keywords such as ”laser” ”optics” #virtual” ”university” etc… or just by company / organization name.
  • Event calendar is now faster and more usable.
  • Previous Fotoni Magazines are now available for reading in web-page. 
  • Photonics Brochures & Surveys, Photos and Videos available! 
  • + Much more! 
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Applications of Photonics Hybrid Lectures hosted by Jyrki Saarinen

UEF’s popular Photonics Master of Science -program’s course Applications of Photonics will be held this year as a series of hybrid lectures hosted by Professor Jyrki Saarinen in UEF’s Joensuu campus and online in Microsoft Teams. The course is organized in collaboration with PREIN flagship and Photonics Finland.

Applications of Photonics -lectures focus on practical applications of photonics from an industrial point of view. Key professionals from various companies give presentations regarding their businesses, technologies & applications in 30-minute lectures, and participants can discuss the themes further in the following 15-minute Q&A sessions. A total of 22 companies are invited, each from a distinct sub field of photonics. The lectures are also included in the Month of PhotonicsPSRS Industrial Days and IMLEX Days.

While the course is officially scheduled for 25.10.-13.12., the company lectures start on 28.10. at 12:15 in Joensuu Campus, Metria building, room M102. Moreover, two presentations are held in various locations and online three times per week until 25.11. as follows:
Mondays 14:15-16:00
Wednesdays 10:15-12:00

Thursdays 12:15-14:00

The lectures will be given in English, and streamed online via Microsoft Teams. Participation on lectures is free and open for everyone, though mandatory for students taking the course.

Register to the course via WebOodi


Updated information regarding the lectures, presentation locations & Teams links will be published at:

https://sites.uef.fi/photonics/applications-of-photonics/

In case you have questions regarding the course or the lectures, please contact
Jussi Ahonen
Teaching Assistant
+358 50 473 3151
jussi.ahonen@uef.fi

Welcome!

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Photonics Finland member, Photodetector company ElFys, Inc. raises €3M to ramp up the production for the growing wearable market.

ElFys is tapping into a growing demand for photodetectors with people increasingly wanting to measure their health and wellbeing. Today’s announced €3M round is dedicated to ramping up the production to match the growing demand. The lead investor on the round is Metaplanet Holdings together with the company’s earlier round’s lead Voima Ventures. Other angel investors include the founders of Oura Health, the company behind the Oura Ring.

Espoo, Finland. Photodetectors are sensors of light most commonly used in devices such as smartwatches or any other worn devices. Now with an increasing number of people wanting to track how their bodies are doing the demand for detectors is constantly growing.

With ElFys’ technology’s sensitivity and energy efficiency the performance of these health monitoring devices can be remarkably improved universally across solutions. This is groundbreaking as photodetectors are often the biggest limiting factor for making these devices better and more accurate.

“Our customers clearly see the value we offer but until now we have not been ready to scale up the production. Now we can finally take that step and we are very excited to be able to serve our customers and ultimately the end user community with ever better devices”, explains the founder and CEO of ElFys, Mikko Juntunen.

The company founded in 2017 already has over 40 customers globally and that number is steadily growing especially now with the investment round bringing bigger scale opportunities to the table.

“The wearable market overall has quickly bounced back from the setbacks of the pandemic and is marching forward with steady growth and ElFys superior photodetector technology could be an integral component in increasing the quality of the health-specific data users are receiving from their wearables.”, observes Rauno Miljand, the Managing Partner of Metaplanet Holdings.


About ElFys

ElFys provides light sensors with better sensitivity than anything seen before, literally catching every ray of light. The technology greatly improves any light sensing application ranging from health monitoring through security X-ray imaging to autonomous driving.

The great performance of ElFys detectors is based on an inventive combination of modern MEMS nanotechnology developments and atomic layer deposition. The core technology is patented and in the possession of the company. Shortly, we provide Black Silicon Induced Junction Photodiodes.

ElFys was founded in August 2017, has presently eight full time employees representing four nationalities and serving customers in seven fluent languages.


Media contact

Mikko Juntunen

CEO

mikko.juntunen@elfys.fi

+358 40 860 9663

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Community Platform for Photonics Innovation

PhotonHub Europe launches a community to forward innovation in photonics.

Photonics Finland and 53 other lead partners from 17 European countries gathered in an online session on 7th of May 2021 to partake in a demonstration of the community. All partners will represent the core of the PhotonHub community that will assemble innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, government bodies, research centres, DIHs, and other entities to engage around one common goal: the wider adoption of photonics in European industries.

=> JOIN THE PHOTONHUB EUROPE COMMUNITY.

European SMEs, start-ups, and scale-ups who have a vested interest in photonics – either as technology providers or as early users or potential adopters of photonics – can join the community and find business, technology, and investment support to innovate in any of the eight following domains: Agro-food, Energy, Digital infrastructure, Mobility, Health, Manufacturing, Safety/Security/Smart cities, Space/Defence.

PhotonHub community members will have direct access to highly relevant and engaging content such as interactive webinars with leading experts and mentors, news items, success stories, videos and information links for suitable investment opportunities, and private networking opportunities with other entrepreneurs as well as researchers and investors. The community is live and visible to all users online at https://bit.ly/photonhub. Most content published in the community is public to non-members, but only registered community members can access all contents, share their own announcements and events, and interact with other community members.

PhotonHub Europe is a new pan-European photonics digital innovation hub and has been awarded €19 million investment from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. The initiative will help European SMEs and mid-caps become highly competitive digital businesses through faster & smarter deployment of photonics-based technologies, directly creating over 1.000 new high-tech EU jobs and nearly €1 billion in new revenues and venture capital by 2025.

Led by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the consortium of partners running PhotonHub includes top Technology Support Providers, Local Photonics Hubs, and Business Support Providers in Europe. Photonics Finland is the Finnish Local Photonics Hub.

Join the PhotonHub community today at https://bit.ly/photonhub and start networking with today’s leaders in photonics across Europe. Watch this short onboarding video with some quick tips to help get you started in the community.

Contact the team at FundingBox for PhotonHub Europe:

Local Photonics Hub contact PhD Ana Gebejes ana.gebejes@photonics.fi, +358414760113

PhotonHub Europe has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under grant agreement Nº 101016665. Photonhub Europe is part of the European Technology Platform Photonics21.

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Suomen fotoniikka-ala kehittyy vauhdilla – Huomaako kukaan?

Korkean teknologian ala fotoniikka kasvaa Suomessa ja koko Euroopassa koronapandemiasta huolimatta. Alalle rekrytoidaan jatkuvasti uusia osaajia sekä vallitsevaa työvoimapulaa pyritään helpottamaan täydennys- ja muuntokoulutusten kautta. Keskivertokansalaiselle valon tiedettä ja teknologiaa tarkoittava fotoniikka ei kerro edelleenkään mitään, vaikka sen mahdollistamat sovellukset ovat kaikkien päivittäisessä käytössä vauvasta vaariin. Nukkuminen onkin enää ainut hetki, jolloin fotoniikkaa ei aktiivisesti hyödynnetä, ellei satu nukkumaan valot päällä tai telkkari auki. Lisäksi yhä useampi mittaa jo unensakin fotoniikan ratkaisujen avulla.

Suomessa on huippuluokan teknologista osaamista ja yrityksiä. Vuoden 2020 selvityksen mukaan fotoniikka-alan yritysten liikevaihto kasvaa 38% vuosittain. Suurimmat markkinat ovat teollisuuden sovelluksissa ja terveysteknologiassa, jotka muodostavat 40% koko alan liikevaihdosta. Seuraava fotoniikka-alan ”Nokia” on nurkan takana tai alan tarjoamat ratkaisut vähintäänkin mahdollistavat vastaavanlaisen maailmanluokan menestyksen. Oli kyse sitten ilmastonmuutoksesta tai vihreästä siirtymästä fotoniikan ratkaisut ulottuvat mm. energiatuotannon, ruuantuotannon, terveydenhuollon, autoteollisuuden sekä elektroniikan aloille. Mistä tahansa kulmasta nykäisee, niin vastaan tulee ihmiskuntaa mullistavia ratkaisuja. Fotoniikka-alan sisällä tästä kaikesta ollaan hyvin tietoisia mutta muualla tunnutaan vaeltavan osittain pimennossa, katsoo asiaa miltä tasolta tahansa.

Herätys

Voisi kysyä miten suomalainen fotoniikka-ala onnistuu kehittymään niin kovaa vauhtia, että edes media tai päättäjät eivät täysin tiedosta missä mennään. Kaava on alan moniulotteisuuteen verrattuna huomattavasti yksinkertaisempi. Kyse on tieteen ja teollisuuden vahvasta sekä ennakkoluulottomasta yhteistyöstä, jonka energia kanavoidaan Suomen fotoniikkaekosysteemin Photonics Finlandin kautta. Alan kannalta parhaan ja tasapuolisen päätöksenteon varmistamiseksi myös Photonics Finland hallitus muodostuu tämän periaatteen pohjalta. Samoin puheenjohtajuudet vuorottelevat hallituskausittain tieteen sekä teollisuuden edustuksen välillä. Kuulostaa yksinkertaiselta mutta juuri nämä seikat erottavat Suomen fotoniikkaekosysteemin muista maista ja muodostavat sen kuuluisan yhteen hiileen puhaltavan ilmapiirin sekä askelmerkit alan menestykselle.

Kaksi vuotta kestävä Photonics Finland hallituksen puheenjohtajuus vaihtui juuri teollisuudelta tieteen puolelle ja samalla hallitukseen saatiin muitakin uusia kasvoja. Tässä vaiheessa on jo selvää, että maailmanlaajuisesti lähitulevaisuus on haasteita mutta myös mahdollisuuksia täynnä. Mainiota sinänsä, että näihin haasteisiin teknologisia ratkaisuja tarjoavat löytyvät maailman mittakaavassa katsottuna varsin pienestä yhteisöstä, Suomesta. Viimeistään nyt tähän ilmiöön on muidenkin aika herätä pelkästään Suomen ilmastotavoitteita ja niiden ajallaan saavuttamista ajatellen.

Photonics Finland uusi hallitus

Puheenjohtaja Juha Toivonen, Tampereen yliopisto
Varapuheenjohtaja Kim Grundström, Kimmy Photonics


Hallituksen jäsenet

Petri Stenberg, Dispelix, Joensuu – Ulla Haapanen, Modulight, Tampere
Timo Vuorenpää, Senop, Jyväskylä – Kimmo Solehmainen, Oplatek Group, Leppävirta
Niklas Saxen, Edmund Optics, Helsinki – Jouko Korppi-Tommola, Jyväskylän yliopisto
Antti Isomäki, Helsingin yliopisto – Mikko Huttunen, Tampereen yliopisto
Heidi Piili, Turun yliopisto – Pekka Hänninen, Turun yliopisto, Turku
Sanna Uusitalo, VTT, Oulu – Harri Lipsanen, Aalto-yliopisto, Espoo

Photonics Finland hallituksessa toiminnan alusta, vuodesta 2014 saakka menestyksekkäästi vaikuttaneet Jyrki Huttunen (Oplatek Group) ja Veli-Pekka Leppänen (Nanocomp) sekä Lasse Orsila (Modulight) antoivat tilaa uusille hallituksen jäsenille. Lasse toimi seuran toiminnan alusta saakka myös rahastonhoitajan tehtävissä. Lisäksi hallituksessa toiminut Pertti Ikäläinen (Huawei) luovutti paikkansa seuraavalle. Photonics Finland kiittää hallituspaikan eteenpäin luovuttaneita jäseniä Suomen fotoniikka-alan kehityksen eteen tekemästään työstä mutta luo samalla valoisin mielin katseen tulevaan.  

Lisätietoja antaa

Photonics Finland toiminnanjohtaja
Juha Purmonen
juha.purmonen@photonics.fi
+358 50 354 3832

Photonics Finland hallituksen puheenjohtaja
Juha Toivonen
juha.toivonen@tuni.fi
+358408490490


Mitä on fotoniikka

Fotoniikka on valon tiedettä ja teknologiaa, jonka mahdollisuudet ovat rajattomat. Fotoniikan ansiosta valaisemme nyt hehkulampun sijaan led-valoilla, nopeat tietoliikenneyhteydet ovat yhä useamman saatavilla valokuidun tai 5g:n myötä, älypuhelimet, pädit, tietokoneet ja näytöt ovat yhä ohuempia, kamerat parempia, pystymme keräämään auringon energiaa aurinkopaneeleiden avulla sekä virtuaalitodellisuuden ratkaisut lähestyvät jo arkeamme. Matkapuhelimen arvosta jopa 50% on fotoniikkaa, johon perustuvia komponentteja ovat mm. kamera ja näyttö.

Tästä kaikesta huolimatta vasta murto-osa fotoniikan tarjoamasta potentiaalista on käytössämme. Fotoniikalla on merkittävä rooli maailmaa ravistelevien haasteiden, kuten ilmastonmuutoksen sekä kestävän kehityksen kannalta tärkeiden ratkaisujen tarjoamisessa mutta myös teollisuuden, ruuantuotannon, liikkumisen, kommunikoinnin, terveydenhuollon tai energiatuotannon uudistamisessa.

Photonics Finland

Teollisuusvetoinen innovaatioekosysteemi, joka kokoaa Suomen fotoniikankoulutuksen, tutkimuksen, tuotekehityksen, teollisuuden, loppukäyttäjät ja palvelut yhteen. Photonics Finland edustaa Suomen fotoniikka-alan yrityksiä ja toimijoita edistäen alan kehitystä ja näkyvyyttä niin kansallisesti kuin kansainvälisesti. Lisätietoa: www.photonics.fi.

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Rekry- ja muuntokoulutuksesta vipua fotoniikka-alan osaajapulaan Suomessa

Valon hyödyntämiseen perustuva teknologia fotoniikka on mahdollistava avainteknologia, jonka ratkaisut ulottuvat laajalle teollisuuden kuin kuluttajamarkkinoiden saralla. Ala on vahvassa nousukiidossa koko Euroopassa. Suomessa kasvu on erityisen voimakasta ja fotoniikka-alan yritysten liikevaihto on kasvanut vajaassa neljässä vuodessa yli 40%, mikä tarkoittaa noin 12% prosentin vuosivauhtia vuodesta 2016 alkaen.

Koronatilanteesta huolimatta vuoden 2020 aikana pelkästään Joensuun alueelle fotoniikka-ala toi 40 uutta työpaikkaa ja vastaavasti koko Suomeen yhteensä noin 200-300 työpaikkaa. Alan yritysten määrä on myös merkittävässä kasvussa ja seuraavan neljän vuoden aikana on tarve jopa 1000 uudelle työntekijälle. Osaajia tarvitaan toiselta asteelta aina korkeakoulutettuihin saakka. Kysyntään vastataan niin oppilaitosten välisellä koulutusyhteistyöllä kuin yritysten tarpeiden pohjalta suunnitellulla fotoniikan muuntokoulutuksella.

Uusimpana ponnistuksena Kasve Oy avaa yhteistyössä Photonics Finlandin, TE-palveluiden ja ELY-keskuksen kanssa fotoniikka-alalle suuntautuvan Photonics Top Expert -koulutuksen. Mukana on kuusi rekrytoivaa fotoniikka-alan yritystä, joissa yhteensä yhdeksän avointa työpaikkaa. Ensimmäinen koulutushaku toteutettiin kesän 2021 aikana ja hakemuksia tuli kolmekymmentä kappaletta, joista potentiaalisimmat etenevät 30.8-20.12.2021 järjestettävään Photonics Top Expert -koulutukseen.

Kasve on tehnyt muutaman vuoden ajan tiivistä yhteistyötä TE-palvelujen ja ELY-keskuksen kanssa terveysteknologia-alalla olevien yritysten osaamistarpeiden täyttämiseksi ja toimialan kasvun turvaamiseksi. ”Laadunhallintaan ja regulaatioihin liittyvä osaamisvaje on nähtävissä jopa yritysten kasvun pullonkaulana. Lisäksi olemme havainneet, että osaajia tarvitaan yhä enenevissä määrin liiketoiminnan kehittämisen, myynnin ja markkinoinnin pariin”, kuvailee toimialalla olevaa haastetta Kasve Oy:n toimitusjohtaja Mikko Juuti.

Konsepti on ollut menestyksekäs sekä yritysten että työssäoppijoiden näkökulmasta. Koulutuksiin on osallistunut yhteensä jo liki 100 henkilöä, joista 87 % on tällä hetkellä työllistyneenä. Valtaosa heistä työskentelee entisessä työssäoppimispaikassaan. Nyt katse on suunnattu kasvavalle ja kansainvälistyvälle fotoniikka-alalle, jolla tarvitaan tuoreita osaajia. Yritykset ovat tunnistaneet erityisesti kansainvälistymisen yhdeksi keskeiseksi tavoitteeksi ja menestymisen edellytykseksi.

”Vuonna 2020 tekemästämme fotoniikka-alan toimijoille suunnatusta kyselystä nousi esille, että yritykset kasvavat sekä kansainvälistyvät voimakkaasti ja uusille osaajille on suuri kysyntä. Näin ollen lähdimme vastaamaan tähän tarpeeseen.”, Photonics Finlandin toiminnanjohtaja Juha Purmonen kertoo. Photonics Finland verkostojen kautta saavutetaan rekrytoivat fotoniikka-alan yritykset mutta myös potentiaaliset osaajat. Vahva toimialatuntemus ja yrityskohtaiset tarpeet ovat myös tärkeä osa Photonics Top Expert -koulutusta.

Photonics Top Expert -koulutuksen tavoitteena on löytää asiantuntijaprofiilin omaavia korkeakoulutettuja työnhakijoita ja valmentaa heistä huippuosaajia fotoniikka-alalla toimiviin yrityksiin ja organisaatioihin. Hakijan tulee olla työtön tai työttömyysuhanalainen. Koulutus sisältää työssäoppimisjakson, henkilökohtaista sparrausta sekä tarvelähtöistä, toimialan erityisosaamiseen liittyvää opetusta.

Lisätietoja

Kirsi Marin
Training Services Manager
Kasve Ltd
Puijonkatu 23, 2. krs
FI-70110 Kuopio, Finland
+358 50 321 4884
kirsi.marin@kasve.com
www.kasve.com

Tuukka Pakarinen
Communications & Exhibitions Manager
Photonics Finland
Länsikatu 15
80101 Joensuu, Finland
+358 50 313 5930
tuukka.pakarinen@photonics.fi
photonics.fi

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European Photonics Academy – New European Academy to boost the skills and know-how of industry in exploiting opportunities in the €615B global photonics sector

A programme to train thousands of industry workers in the adoption and development of innovative photonics-based solutions to some of society’s biggest challenges, from environmental sustainability to healthy living and smart infrastructure, has been established by a consortium of over 50 of Europe’s top photonics competence centres.

The European Photonics Academy will offer training courses beyond the lecture room with a strong focus on hands-on training. Course attendees will gain real-world experience using state-of-the-art design, manufacturing, test equipment and facilities. The academy’s training centres will offer unique courses across a wide range of photonics technology platforms and application domains. The academy will initially run for four years with the clear intention of becoming a sustainable long-term support to European industry.

Interest in photonics is booming, with the global photonics market estimated to be worth €615B in 2020 and recent research showing that the European photonics market is growing at more than double the rate of global GDP. However, gaining access to the cutting-edge technical know-how and the hands-on skills required to utilise photonics technologies remains difficult for many companies, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The academy, launched by PhotonHub Europe, the full-service one-stop-shop Photonics Innovation Hub funded by the European Commission, will make it easy for SMEs in particular to fully exploit this critical enabling technology for their own innovation activities.

“For the first time the European Photonics Academy means that SMEs have a one-stop-shop to pick and choose from a large menu of training options, making it easy to get the exact training course suited to their needs. Companies can be assured that their employees are getting top quality training from best-in-class facilities since quality assurance is overseen by PhotonHub,” said Prof Peter O’Brien of the UCC Tyndall Institute in Ireland, who leads training support services at the academy. “We expect to support 6,000 European companies with training over the next four years, each sending several employees on one or more of our courses, with several hundred companies immediately taking up photonics technologies in their applications and product manufacturing as early adopters. As a result, we believe the academy will be a massive catalyst for the take-up of photonics by European companies.”

Photonics involves the generation, manipulation and detection of light and is a key enabling digital technology that underpins many existing and emerging applications. Over the next decade photonics will make a significant impact to our everyday lives – transforming industries, tackling critical issues such as climate change, and improving societies across Europe. Some current applications include:

  • Agriculture (scanning technology and infrared imaging to monitor food production and quality, and sensor systems for planting and irrigation)
  • Green Energy Sources (LED lighting and Photovoltaic devices used for solar electric panels)
  • Information Communications Technology (optics for data storage, transmission across fibre-optic networks and displays)
  • Life Sciences (testing and analysis devices such as non-invasive glucose monitors and point-of-care and wearable diagnostics)
  • Medical Technology (lasers for surgery, photodynamic therapy, smart surgical instruments).

Europe is a global leader in the development of photonics technologies, with much of this innovation generated through research funded by the European Commission. The new academy will allow European workforces access to state-of-the-art photonics technologies and advanced methods of photonics manufacturing through structured training and education. To-date, 40 training centres across Europe have been selected for funding, with 10 more to be announced later this year. Critically all regions of Europe will have access to training, including those with little or no expertise in photonics, with centres as far apart as Ireland, Spain, Finland and Greece.

Three types of training courses are available:

  • Online Training, geared towards new entrants to the photonics sector providing a half-day introduction to photonics and an overview of the key enabling power of photonics technologies for wide-ranging applications.
  • Demo Centres, offering one-day training courses on-site with a focus on particular photonics technology applications.
  • Experience Centres, offering in-depth three-day or five-day training courses with a strong focus on lab-based activities and hands-on working using state-of-the-art equipment and application demonstrator tools.

People wishing to attend any of the Online Training, or either of the Demo or Experience Centre training courses, can browse the training catalogue via the PhotonHub website (https://www.photonhub.eu/our-services/) and register for the particular course of interest to them.

Further details about PhotonHub’s extensive Online Training, and Demo and Experience Centre training courses, can be found in the link here: https://www.photonhub.eu/our-services/#Training

Photonics Finland has been selected as one of the Demo Centres and will offer in collaboration with University of Eastern Finland’s Computational Spectral Imaging group a training on Spectral Imaging and its Applications.

For any questions contact:
PhD Ana Gebejes
+358 414760113
ana.gebejes@photonics.fi

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Community Platform for Photonics Innovation

PhotonHub Europe launches a community to forward innovation in photonics.

Photonics Finland and 53 other lead partners from 17 European countries gathered in an online session on 7th of May 2021 to partake in a demonstration of the community. All partners will represent the core of the PhotonHub community that will assemble innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, government bodies, research centres, DIHs, and other entities to engage around one common goal: the wider adoption of photonics in European industries.

=> JOIN THE PHOTONHUB EUROPE COMMUNITY.

European SMEs, start-ups, and scale-ups who have a vested interest in photonics – either as technology providers or as early users or potential adopters of photonics – can join the community and find business, technology, and investment support to innovate in any of the eight following domains: Agro-food, Energy, Digital infrastructure, Mobility, Health, Manufacturing, Safety/Security/Smart cities, Space/Defence.

PhotonHub community members will have direct access to highly relevant and engaging content such as interactive webinars with leading experts and mentors, news items, success stories, videos and information links for suitable investment opportunities, and private networking opportunities with other entrepreneurs as well as researchers and investors. The community is live and visible to all users online at https://bit.ly/photonhub. Most content published in the community is public to non-members, but only registered community members can access all contents, share their own announcements and events, and interact with other community members.

PhotonHub Europe is a new pan-European photonics digital innovation hub and has been awarded €19 million investment from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. The initiative will help European SMEs and mid-caps become highly competitive digital businesses through faster & smarter deployment of photonics-based technologies, directly creating over 1.000 new high-tech EU jobs and nearly €1 billion in new revenues and venture capital by 2025.

Led by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the consortium of partners running PhotonHub includes top Technology Support Providers, Local Photonics Hubs, and Business Support Providers in Europe. Photonics Finland is the Finnish Local Photonics Hub.

Join the PhotonHub community today at https://bit.ly/photonhub and start networking with today’s leaders in photonics across Europe. Watch this short onboarding video with some quick tips to help get you started in the community.

Contact the team at FundingBox for PhotonHub Europe:

Local Photonics Hub contact PhD Ana Gebejes ana.gebejes@photonics.fi, +358414760113

PhotonHub Europe has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under grant agreement Nº 101016665. Photonhub Europe is part of the European Technology Platform Photonics21.

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AI & Photonics webinar

Photonics and artificial intelligence are key enabling technologies which are essential for almost all industries. For example, autonomous cars, industrial automation, virtual reality, medical imaging and border control all rely on photonics and AI technologies.

Finland is strong both in photonics and AI research. Photonics & AI webinar finds out that what can we achieve when we bring these technologies together and start innovating?

See the Webinar recording Here.


12:00 – 12:05 Opening – Juha Purmonen, moderator
12:05 – 12:20 Basics of AI & FCAI flagship – Petri Myllymäki, professor, Department of Computer Science of University of Helsinki, Finland
12:20 – 12:35 Basics of Photonics & PREIN flagship – Jyrki Saarinen, professor on Photonics Applications and Commercialization, UEF/Institute of Photonics
12:35 – 12:50 Autonomous Processes Facilitated by Artificial Sensing Intelligence (APASSI), Janne Paaso, project manager, VTT
12:50 – 13:05 Applying AI in Optics Design, Irina Livshits, Head of Research Laboratory for Computer-Aided Design of Optical-Information and Energy Saving Systems, ITMO university, St. Petersburg, Russia
13:05 – 13:15 Break
13:15 – 13:30 AI for Imaging, Arno Solin, assistant professor in Machine Learning at the department of computer science, Aalto university
13:30 – 13:45 Needs from AI to AR/VR displays, Riku Rikkola, Dispelix
13:45 – 14:00 Solving the global food problem through space-borne hyperspectral imaging and AI, Jarkko Antila, Reaktor Space Lab
14:00 – 14:30 Conclusions & Discussion

Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI is a community of experts that brings together top talents in academia, industry and public sector to solve real-life problems using both existing and novel AI.

PREIN is a Photonics Research and Innovation platform focusing on light-based solutions from scientific excellence to industrial and societal impact. PREIN partners are worldwide leaders in photonics.

FCAI and PREIN are Finnish flagships focusing top-level research and impact.

PREIN Photonics Flagship programme

Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence

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Photonics Finland – Employee updates

In recent years Photonics Finland has been growing significantly and currently there are 96 company and societal members and over 200 individual, student, or organization side members. With growth comes responsibility to offer even better service for all of our members. For improving services Photonics Finland has recruited two new full-time employees during 2020 and 2021.

PhD Ana Gebejes started in August 2020 working for Photonics Finland and is responsible for managing all of Photonics Finland projects but also applying for the new ones. Previously she has been working as a project manager in Epic Challenge education program which was originally launched by NASA.



Tuukka Pakarinen has started in June 2021 as a full-time Communications and Exhibitions Manager in Photonics Finland. Tuukka has already been working five years in Photonics Finland as a part time Communications Manager by creating communications content for social media, web-pages and newsletter, also photos and videos. He will continue working with events and producing Photonics Finland Pavilions in Photonics West and Laser World of Photonics exhibitions. Also Tuukka will be in charge of Photonics Finland membership register and OPD exhibition.

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