Photonics Finland Newsletter June 2017

Tuesday June 20th, 2017
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Gasera is the Photonics Company of the Year 2016!

Gasera was nominated by Photonics Finland to be a Photonics Company of the Year 2016 in Optics & Photonics Days event on 29th – 31st of May 2017 in Oulu, Finland.

This award was now presented for the first time in Finland. The competition was open for everyone to participate by making a suggestion for the best company. Competition board went through all the suggestions and selected three companies for the finals.

Selected companies for the finals

Gasera Ltd
Spectral Engines Ltd
Nanocomp Ltd

Theme for the year 2016 award was internationalization. Selected companies are international in different ways for example establishing affiliated companies, making international projects and business. Choosing the winner was a tough choice but after careful thinking Gasera was the one.

Originally Gasera got started as a spin off company from University of Turku. As a technology company it uses its patented gas measuring technic with its market solutions. Gasera Ltd was founded by Professor Emeritus Jyrki Kauppinen with his son Doctor of Physics Ismo Kauppinen in year 2004. Today Gasera has 38 employees. In 2015 EU Horizon 2020 program granted 2,3 million euro funding for Gasera for develop and commercialize a portable device which can detect toxic substances, drugs, explosives and human trafficking. Gaseras vision is to bring laboratory standard portable gas measuring devices for the consumer markets in the future. More information www.gasera.fi.

New members of Photonics Finland. Welcome!


Emberion Oy, contact Vuokko Lantz
Emberion develops and produces graphene photonics and electronics that will revolutionise infrared photodetectors and thermal sensors in applications ranging from hyperspectral and thermal imaging to night vision and X-ray detection. 

von Gegerfelt Photonics GmbH, contact Dag von Gegerfelt
von Gegerfelt Photonics provides photonics products and services specializing in high performance lasers for life sciences, Raman spectroscopy, quantum optics and other demanding applications


Huawei Technologies Oy, contact Eero Salmelin
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Driven by responsible operations, ongoing innovation, and open collaboration, we have established a competitive ICT portfolio of end-to-end solutions in telecom and enterprise networks, devices, and cloud computing.


HyperMemo Oy, contact Viatcheslav Vanyukov  
Hypermemo Ltd is focused on Development and soon on manufactoring of Q-switched short-pulsed CO2 lasers. Our core technology – short-pulsed generator which can be extended on other types of lasers is a unique and innovative solution that opens business for CleanTech laser-based glass processing.


Detection Technology Oy, contact Jyrki Still
Detection Technology design, manufacture and sell modular detection solutions empowering the imaging capabilities of the medical, security and industrial fields.


TimeGate Instruments Oy, contact Lauri Kurki
Timegate Instruments is a spectroscopy developer, manufacturer and seller of the patented, Timegated® Raman spectroscopic technology i.e. spectrometers. It´s overall long-term objective is to become a solution provider and to provide fully calibrated analytical instruments for their customer needs.


University of Helsinki, contact Lauri Halonen
The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity.

Optics & Photonics Days 2017

This years Optics and Photonics Days was organised in Radisson Blu Hotel, Oulu. Conference gathered 160 participants to hear about interesting presentations from the latest scientific breakthroughs and market solutions from the field of photonics. Scientific and industrial program was well managed and especially the panel discussion got a lot of positive feedback.

During the event Photonics Sweden and Photonics Finland organised the Nordic Workgroup meeting. Main theme of discussion was to develop and strengthen the impact of workgroup collaboration between Nordic countries. The end result of the meeting was that development processes will be continued in Finland and Sweden and the next Nordic Workgroup meeting will be held during Northern Optics & Photonics conference – NOP2018, 12th – 14th of September 2018 in Lund University, Sweden.

Next Optics and Photonics Days conference will be held in Jyväskylä in May or June 2018.


New members on board.

Photonics Finland had an annual meeting on 30th of May 2017 and the new members of the board was selected. New Chairman of the board is professor Jyrki Saarinen from UEF and Institute of Photonics located in Joensuu.

Photonics Finland Board

Chairman Jyrki Saarinen, Institute of Photonics, Joensuu
Vice Chairman Niklas Saxen, Edmund Optics Ltd.
Jyrki Huttunen, Oplatek Group Ltd.
Ulla Haapanen, Modulight Ltd.
Veli-Pekka Leppänen, Nanocomp Ltd.
Samuli Laukkanen, Vaisala Plc.
Antti Isomäki, Helsinki University
Juha Toivonen, Tampere University of Technology
Kimmo Keränen, Technical Research Center of Finland
Pekka Hänninen, University of Turku

Ville Polojärvi from Tampere University of Technology has been awarded by the Best Doctoral Thesis of the year 2016!

Ville Polojärvi’s thesis deals with the investigation of optical, electrical and structural properties of III-V semiconductor materials and nanostructures with applications in the development of next generation solar cells. Read more here.The best doctoral thesis award of the year 2016 based on three criteria:

  1. Scientific impact (quality and number of journal papers used as basis for the thesis);
  2. Societal impact (relevance in terms of real-world applications);
  3. Quality of the manuscript (overall presentation, amount of work etc.)
Forest & Photonics 2017
20th – 21st of September 2017
Sokos Hotel Break, Koli National Park, Finland
Forest & Photonics 2017 brings together businesses, academia and developers to share new technological solutions, challenges and opportunities in the fields of photonics and forestry. This year´s themed tracks are: Forest Data, Smart Machines and Photonics Future Technologies.This internationally acclaimed event will be hosted for the third time in the unique scenery of Koli National Park, Finland which offers the best networking possibilities combined with great evening program including relaxing spa, Finnish cuisine, jazz and much more!Registration is now open and you can do it here.
More information about the event here.

SPIE Photonics West 2018 – Photonics Finland Pavilion sold out! 27th January – 1st February 2018, San Francisco, USA

For the upcoming SPIE Photonics West 2018 Photonics Finland Pavilion is now sold out! Ten companies joining:

Northern Optics & Photonics conference
12th – 14th of September 2018
Lund University, SwedenNorthern Optics conferences brings together optical scientists from the Nordic and Baltic countries. There will be two parallel sessions. One is devoted to presentations from academia and one to industry presentations. Keynote speakers will highlight European research and developments. A poster session will provide an additional opportunity to display to the most recent developments and achievements.An exhibition and a session with company presentations will be held in parallel to the technical sessions to provide industry, institutes and associations, an opportunity to display their products and services and bridge the gap between science and industry.The conference is organised by Photonics Sweden. More information about the event here.

Photonics Finland is an association established to facilitate co-operation between companies, academia, public authorities and research institutions. It is open to all operators in the photonics industry and seeks to enable them to realise their full potential by supporting a variety of activities, ranging from basic research to product development and commercialisation.