About Photonics NL
PhotonicsNL is the unique portal for Photonics in the Netherlands. Photonics is worldwide being recognized as a key enabling technology for the 21st century and especially in Europe by the European Commission but also in the Netherlands by the High Tech Topsector.
Topsectors in the Netherlands
The Netherlands has a position in the top twenty of the largest economies in the world and is regarded as an important knowledge generating country. Our country has indeed a long history of inventions, we sailed the world oceans and traded with many other countries. The present societal challenges stimulate our innovation strength and Dutch solutions provide new products and services in the worldwide market. These challenges called for a new disruptive approach of smart collaboration between companies, researchers and the government: “The Topsector Policy”.
The nine topsectors are:
- Agriculture and food
- Life Sciences & Health
- High Tech
- Creative Industries
- Horticulture and starting materials
- Chemical industry
Photonics is part of the High Tech Systems & Materials topsector. The R&D agenda has been assigned by the HTSM top team to roadmaps which are an integral part of the Innovation contract of HTSM with the government. Every roadmap team has representatives from industry, institutes, National Science organizations and scientists from universities and have defined the ambition of the roadmap. In 2013 Photonics was recognized by the HTSM topsector as Key Enabling Technology. More information can be found in the Photonics Roadmap, which is updated every year.