Photonics – the science and technology of light – is a key digital technology that is radically transforming the traditional industrial base. PhotonHub Europe - a new pan-European photonics digital innovation hub - has been awarded €19 million investment from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme. PhotonHub Europe will help European SMEs and mid-caps become highly competitive digital businesses through faster and 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.
PhotonHub, coordnated by VUB B-PHOT, integrates all of the best-in-class photonics technologies, facilities, expertise and experience of 53 top competence centres across Europe.
“European industry needs to be at the forefront in innovating with photonics, making the most of our combined strengths across all parts of the innovation value chain, and working collaboratively across all member states,
to support European business innovation and growth.”
Hugo Thienpont, Director of Brussels Photonics (B-PHOT) VUB
and overall coordinator of PhotonHub Europe