Let Us Promote Photonics Together!
Carlos Lee, Director General at EPIC, celebrating the Day of Photonics during the EPIC Workshop on Optical Fiber Sensors for Structural Health Monitoring.
The European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) is encouraging businesses across Europe and the UK that have products and services associated with photonics in any capacity to join them in celebrating the Day of Photonics, 21 October 2020. The commemoration day was established in 1983 by the General Conference on Weights and Measures to call attention to the important role that photonic devices, circuits and the entire photonics/optical device supply chain plays in so many aspects of daily life.
Photonics is a key enabling technology within many fields and products including: LED lighting, photovoltaic (PV) solar energy, photonic integrated circuits (PICs), optical components, lasers, sensors, imaging, displays, projectors, optical fiber, and other photonic related technologies that have myriad applications in health, security, agriculture, food, communication, transportation, and many other areas.
EPIC notes that on the occasion of this anniversary, hundreds of activities are organised around the world by members of the photonics supply chain to raise attention to the importance of their work and the contributions made that positively impact so many aspects of modern life. The purpose is to promote photonics (and companies building photonic devices,) by informing the general public about what makes photonic technologies unique and valuable; why they are important to consumer, commercial and industrial products, combined with the fact that PICs and other integration technologies are creating opportunities to further miniaturize products, speed communication and reduce energy consumption.
“We encourage you to join us in the promotion of photonics and to organise an activity! View previous activities for inspiration at the web address that follows,” noted Susette Germer, Public Relations Manager for EPIC. She went on to note that Day of Photonics activities do not have to take place exactly on 21st October; some companies have their day the week before or the week after, but this anniversary is a good motivation to call attention to the positive role photonics plays across the globe at a time when everyone could use encouragement and good news. “Events or commemorative activities can be as small as sending your staff a piece of chocolate with the Day of Photonics logo or as big as asking your marketing team to organise an online conference or webinar,” she noted.
Follow this link for information about past Day of Photonics activities: https://www.flickr.com/photos/epic-photonics/albums/72157675652548975