Having laid the foundations for a strong European consortium, Flanders photonics experts want to solidify this collaboration. As the next step after ACTPHAST, B-PHOT VUB has drafted a proposal for “Photon Hub Europe”, a European digital innovation hub. The goal is to unite over 50 photonics knowledge centers in 20 European regions, including Flanders’ photonics centers B-PHOT VUB, NB-Photonics UGent, imec, and Flanders Make.
The hub, if approved, will provide companies with deep technological support in photonics, encompassing the technology readiness levels 3 to 8: from feasibility studies, prototyping, to upscaling, and manufacturing in Europe. It will also offer hands-on training and coordinate investment funding through cross-border support. With this ambitious initiative, Flanders’ collaborative approach is perfectly poised to serve as an example for the future of European photonics.