On February 24, 2011 Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda received the Vision paper "Photonics - Our Vision for a Key Enabling Technology of Europe" from Photonics21 President Martin Goetzeler. At this occasion Commissioner Kroes addressed for the first time the broader community of Photonics 21, the European voluntary association and technology platform of industrial enterprises and academic stakeholders in the field of photonics.
In her speech entitled “A European Strategy for Research and Innovation in Photonics” Commissioner Kroes explained her vision on smarth growth in Europe.
"I am convinced that research and innovation must be at the heart of new growth in Europe," Kroes said. "I believe that photonics is a major opportunity for Europe."
“Photonics is not completely new to me” she mentioned. “Last September, at the ICT conference I visited the B-Phot stand where I learned about how important the innovation of SMEs is to European photonics. I also saw some of the efforts that are being made to educate school children about photonics and its use in everyday products.”
The Commissioner underlined that high tech SMEs are key drivers of innovation in Europe, expressed her strong beliefs in the role of youngsters in innovation, and highlighted the fact that today’s youngsters will be the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
“The role of youngsters in innovation is something in which I am personally a strong believer” she said, “and I will be intensifying my own personal engagement with young researchers and entrepreneurs in the coming months.”
Read here the complete text of Commissioner Kroes. http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/11/120&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en
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