Founded in November 2013, Photonics Austria represents the Austrian interests in Photonics. Main focus of Photonics Austria is to establish networking and cooperation between business, research and training in the field of Photonics.
Within the network that led to the founding of PHOTONICS AUSTRIA 55 organisations are involved. These organisations include all relevant Universities in Austria, RTOs, Industry, the ministry and intermediaries like the Austrian research funding organisation. In the business sector there are a number of large organisations represented like Zumtobel Lighting GmbH, Swarowski Optik KG or Fronius International GmbH as well as SMEs.
The network holds meetings in different locations all over Austria where specific photonic topics are discussed. Besides, these more technical topics meetings also cover relevant input from the European Union or Photonics21 in regards to Horizon2020 or Smart Specialisation. This is covered by the representative of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology within Photonics Austria who also represents Austria within the Photonics21Mirror Group. This link with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology also opens up the possibility to participate in the development of the national research funding programs and therefore to strengthen the input of the national photonics industry.