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”.
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.
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