LIGHTtalks: The Power of Photonics | Finland

Dec 08.

Organizer: Photonics Finland in cooperation with Finpro

Venue: Porkkalankatu 1, Helsinki, Finland

The LIGHTtalks: The Power of Photonics will be aimed at and designed in collaboration with industry. In this LIGHTtalks event, industrial representatives will be asked to speak about specific industry priorities and opportunities within the particular regional environment where the LIGHTtalks event is taking place.

The talks will focus on the industrial applications of photonics, looking to awake the curiosity of companies that could benefit from photonics, but who do not currently employ photonic technologies yet.


10:00 – 11:45

Registration & Welcome – Finpro & Photonics Finland
– Arto Pussinen, Head of ICT industry team, Invest-in-Finland – Finpro
– Jyrki Huttunen, CEO – Oplatek Group Ltd, Photonics Finland – Chairman of the board

* Lighting the Future
professor Jyrki Saarinen, UEF – Institute of Photonics

Photonics Technology in Finland

* Optical sensing and imaging
Sales and Marketing Director Mikko Kannelsuo, Specim Ltd.

* Lasers and Fiber Optics
CEO Petteri Uusimaa, Modulight Inc.

* Micro- and nanophotonics
CEO Veli-Pekka Leppänen, Nanocomp Ltd.

11:45 – 12:30 Networking Buffet Lunch

12:30 – 14:00

* Importance of Photonics in Europe
Deputy Head of Unit Ronan Burgess, Photonics Unit in the European Commission

* Photonics for Digitalization
Dr. Timo Aalto, VTT – Silicon photonics: Key technology for future data centers and digitalization.
Lasers, optical fibers and optical amplifiers form the foundation of our digital society. They enable fast transmission of vast amounts of data, which is the basic requirement for internet, mobile communication and all the related services. However, these technologies are not enough to continue the digitalization of our society. The amount of stored and transmitted data is growing very fast, especially in data centers and in the optical networks that connect them to offices, homes and mobile base stations. In the long haul networks the main challenge is to transmit more bits in a given wavelength range. Data centers, on the other hand, need optical transceivers and switches that have much higher bandwidth, lower costs, smaller size and better power-efficiency than the existing technologies. Silicon photonics is now becoming the key technology to solve the communication bottleneck inside data centers and to keep digitalizing our society.

* Printing the Future of Optics – a new era for optics manufacturing
President & Founder Richard van de Vrie, LUXEXCEL Group

* Round Table and Q&A session

Coffee and networking

Contact: Juha Purmonen (

December 8, 20152015-12-08T12:00:00
Helsinki, Finland