OPD2022 – New networking features for registered visitors!

The annual Photonics Finland Main Event, Optics and Photonics Days (OPD) 2022 will be held 6. – 8. September 2022 in Tampere, Finland! Industry program and Invited speakers are just released, also submissions and early bird registration is open. Find out more Here.

New networking features for registered participants!

This year OPD2022 networking features are mode advanced! When registering to the OPD2022 event in conftool all participants are able to choose if they would be visible in the official list of participants but also if they would like to be open for contacting (Image 1).

Image 1. New networking features allows visitors to be visible in the participants list but also contacting each other.

In the participant personal profile there is a lot of details that can be added based on the preference, from the basic contact details to webpage, social media channels, interests, personal cv and profile photo. The list of other participants is available only if the registering participant has accepted to appear on the official list of participants (image 2 and 3).

Image 2. The view from registered participants list for others.
Image 3. The list of other participants will be available only if the registering participant has accepted to be visible as well.

When other participants clicks your profile on the list, the full profile opens (image 4).

Image 4. When others select the visible profiles on the list of participants they can view the information that registered person has been added.

For Exhibitors: Invite your visitors to OPD-exhibition!

For exhibitors OPD2022 provides also new possibility to invite Visitors on the 8th September during 11.00 and until 15.00 Exhibition hours. During these hours all the visitors can enter to the exhibition free of charge but the registration is needed to be done in conftool (image 5).

Image 5. All 8th of September Exhibition Visitors needs to register in conftool and select the option “Free events only”.
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Photonics Finland part of Photonics4Industry (P4I) Partnership – SMEs join now to the Photonics4Industry ClusterXchange!

Photonics Finland has joined to Photonics4Industry (P4I) Partnership among European clusters from Austria, Germany, France, and Lithuania! This pan-European strategic partnership accelerates industrial modernisation and enhances competitiveness of SME cluster members by providing ClusterXchange opportunities, B2B and C2C joint-partnership services. Read more about it here.

Photonics4Industry Partners

SME! Are you interested in new partners, business, or promotion opportunities towards Europe?

Join now the Photonics4Industry ClusterXchange! You will have an opportunity to host and join the actions that provide the possibility to network, promote, and create new knowledge and business for your company! Photonics4Industry Partnership funding support available – For more information visit WEBSITE or contact or call +354 40 412 6653. Also follow P4I on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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A lot of events upcoming!

There are a lot of upcoming events and activities!
Here are some of the latest!

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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 April 29th, 2022.

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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The Best Doctoral Thesis in Photonics of the Year 2021 Application

The Best Doctoral Thesis 2019 – Matias Koivurova, University of Eastern Finland (UEF)
The Best Doctoral Thesis 2020 – Teemu Tomberg, University of Helsinki

Photonics Finlandin väitöskirjapalkinto
Photonics Finland haluaa antaa tunnustusta ansiokkaasta Suomessa tapahtuvasta fotoniikan väitöskirjatyöstä ja kannustaa fotoniikan tutkimukseen. Tämän johdosta seuran hallitus on päättänyt julistaa haettaviksi 31.04.2022 mennessä palkinnon alan parhaasta väitöskirjasta Suomessa 2021. Palkinto on 1 000 €.

Väitösvuoden määrää väitöstilaisuuden päivämäärä ja palkittavan tulee olla valmistunut tohtoriksi hakuajan päättymiseen mennessä. Valinnan palkintojen saajasta tekee seuran tieteellinen neuvottelukunta. Kriteereinä parhaan fotoniikan alan väitöskirjalle ovat väitöskirjan tieteellinen laatu ja merkitys. Palkinto julkistetaan 07.09.2022. Voittajan nimi ja väitöskirjan aihe julkaistaan myös seuran verkkosivuilla ja Fotoni-lehdessä.

Palkintoa voi hakea kuka tahansa, joka on väitellyt menestyksekkäästi Suomessa vuonna 2021 fotoniikan alalta. Hakijan tulee täyttää verkossa (alla linkki) hakemuslomake Photonics Finlandin tieteelliselle neuvottelukunnalle. Jos väitöskirjaa ei ole saatavilla verkosta, niin hakijan tulee toimittaa sähköinen kopio pdf-muodossa osoitteeseen Hakemuksessa annetuissa väitöskirjan osoitteissa tulisi suosia ns. pysyväisosoitteita, jotta linkki on voimassa mahdollisimman pitkään. Vastaanotetut hakemukset vahvistetaan hakijalle sähköpostilla. Hakemuslomake

English abstract of the announcement
Photonics Finland is inviting candidates to submit applications for the title of the Best Doctoral Thesis in Photonics for year 2021. The winner will be announced on the 7 of September 2022 and awarded at OPD2022. Applications should be submitted using online form

The application deadline is 31.04.2022.

Tampereella 1.4.2022,

Juha Toivonen
Photonics Finland ry puheenjohtaja

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SuomiAreena 2022: Valo hoitaa! – Läpimurtoteknologia fotoniikka mullistaa terveydenhuollon

Photonics Finland and PREIN flagship will organize SuomiAreena 2022 panel discussion on 13th July at 12:00 – 12:45 in Pori Town hall stage. The discussions will be broadcasted in MTV3 network and channel. The topic for the discussion is “Valo hoitaa! – Läpimurtoteknologia fotoniikka mullistaa terveydenhuollon”

Main focus for the discussion is to get visibility for photonics through healthcare topic. Also to point out the networks and needs of photonics field. 

Host and Moderator

  • Kirsi Alm-Siira, MTV3


  • Antti-Pekka Elomaa, Specialising physician, KYS Neurocenter neurosurgeons
  • Jukka-Tapani, Optics lead, Oura Health Oy
  • Paula Risikko, Politician, National Coalition Party (Kokoomus)
  • Petteri Uusimaa, CTO, Modulight Oyj

SuomiAreena is the largest societal discussion festival in Finland that aims to promote the opportunity for every Finn to participate in the debate on social, economic and political issues. SuomiAreena raises important topics and ideas for the whole society. The discussions are held 11. – 15.7.2022 in SuomiAreena festival week in Pori, Finland.

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Photonics Finland Baltic Tour

Latvia, Riga: Photo by Ivars Utināns on Unsplash

Photonics Finland will organize a group visit together with its members to Latvia on 17th – 20th May 2022.

Photonics in Latvia

“Smart materials and photonics” are one of five smart industries identified as a priority sectors by the Latvian government.  Latvia’s world-leading high-impact research paired with well-developed commercialization and extensive industry expertise make Latvia a particularly attractive region for developing and launching projects in the smart materials and photonics sector, as shown by the sustained growth in related export and investments.

Specialization areas

– development and manufacturing of functional materials.

– photonics equipment and devices.

– thin layers and coatings.

Company highlights

You’ll come across Latvian innovations in every corner of the world and beyond with Groglass’ anti-reflective glass that displays the most precious exhibits and showcases around the world, and Sidrabe’s thin-film technologies used by NASA to coat astronaut helmets. Lightguide boasts the world’s leading optical fiber production lab and provides ~70% of all fiber optic instruments used in urology and Baltic Scientific Instruments is one of only 3 companies worldwide specializing in the development and fabrication of devices for spectrometric analysis based on semiconductor and scintillation radiation detectors.


A central hub connecting science and business is University of Latvia’s (UL) Institute of Solid-State Physics (ISSP)—the top materials research and innovation center in the Baltics—and its platform Materize. The ISSP itself is home to a unique micro- and nano-technology center. 

The Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis (LIOS) has developed a conceptually new approach for ensuring high emission intensities in solids. The new concept is based on the use of intermolecular electrostatic interactions in the design of luminescent molecules, well-known in organic chemistry, but not yet used in the field of optical materials.

University of Latvia’s Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy is making strides in biophotonics, working on non-invasive methods and devices for early detection of skin cancer and the classification of skin lesions, employing multispectral diffuse reflection and autofluorescence imaging combined with neural network analysis.

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Photonics Finland Pavilion at Laser World of Photonics 2022

A panoramic image of Munich in Bavaria Germany

Photonics Finland will be joining to Laser World of Photonics 2022 (26. – 29. April), München, Germany with 9 companies. Photonics Finland Pavilion will be located in hall B5 – Booth 125.

LASER World of PHOTONICS is the world’s leading platform for the laser and photonics industry. The Trade Fair for Photonics Components, Systems and Applications, sets standards since 1973—in size, diversity and relevance.

This is the only place that features the combination of research, technology and applications. It deals with a key crossover technology, LASER also addresses other important industrial sectors such as material processing, measuring, testing and inspection, optical data transmission and lasers in medicine.

Companies registered to Photonics Finland Pavilion:

Welcome to visit us!

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National Photonics Industry Survey 2022

In March week 11 Photonics Finland will open National Photonics Industry survey 2022, which not only will map the operators in the Finnish photonics industry but also to collect important information of the size, growth, needs and future expectations of photonics companies in Finland.

The information received will address the upcoming actions and communications towards the decision makers and provides more exact estimation of the growth prerequisites and financing needs in the photonics sector.

More information
Juha Purmonen
Executive Director, Photonics Finland
+358 50 354 3832


Caroline Amiot
Project Manager, Photonics Finland
+358 40 412 6653

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SAVE THE DATE: Optics and Photonics Days 2022, 6. – 8. September 2022, Tampere, Finland

The annual Photonics Finland Main Event, Optics and Photonics Days (OPD) 2022 will be held 6. – 8. September 2022 in Tampere, Finland!

OPD offers a unique opportunity to learn from interesting presentations, network with companies, students and researchers in the field of photonics and optics, but also to explore products and services in Exhibition that is held during the conference.

Also there is a lot of other activity such as Networking Dinner, Job Fair, Nordic Photonics meeting, PREIN flagship networking event, Photonics Finland annual meeting, Women in Optics and Photonics event and also Poster- and Pitch sessions.

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