From company needs to unique photonics education from second degree to doctoral level! This Webinar showcases the best practices and is for companies and operators in the field of Photonics, but also for educational institutions interested in developing Photonics education.

Photonics industry is growing significantly across the Europe and companies in this field are constantly in need of new employees. Joensuu Photonics Education Path Project (JFK) piloted a unique Photonics education pathway from second degree to PhD to meet the needs of businesses.

Future Education in Photonics webinar will showcase the training that has been delivered and learn from good practices but also look into the future training needs. This event is for companies and operators in the field of Photonics, but also for educational institutions interested in developing Photonics education.

PROGRAM – Wednesday 6th May 2020
Please note that Morning program will be only in Finnish. English program starting at 12.30 pm.

9.00 Tilaisuuden avaus, Juha Purmonen, Business Joensuu

9.05–9.20 Aluekehityksen ytimessä, Jarno Turunen, Pohjois-Karjalan maakuntaliitto

9.20–10.15 Avaimet yhteistyössä, JFK-projektin tulosten esittely

10:15-10:20 Tauko

10.20–11.30 Yrityksiä kuunnellen, case-esimerkit

11:30-11:45 Kohti fotoniikan koulutuksen valoisaa tulevaisuutta – Keskustelu

Uudet tarjolla olevat koulutukset fotoniikassa kaikilla asteilla.

12.30–12.45 Summary of JFK-project trainings and good practices learned

12:45–13.00 Photonics in Joensuu: Five Decades of Shining Light, Jyrki Saarinen, Institute of Photonics

13:00–14.15 World-Class Knowledge in Photonics Education

14.15–15.00 Panel discussion, Global education in photonics, Moderator Juha Purmonen, Business Joensuu

  • Paul Urbach, Professor, Optics Research Group of TUDelft, University of Delft, Netherlands
  • Alain Tremeau, Vice Rector, International collaboration, Université Jean Monnet, France
  • Christian Helgert, CEO, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Abbe Center of Photonics & Abbe School of Photonics, Germany
  • Chrys Panayiotou, Executive Director, Principal Investigator, Indian River State College / The Center for Laser and Fiber Optics Education, LASER-TEC , Florida, USA
  • Jyrki Saarinen, Professor, UEF/Institute of Photonics

15.05–15.25 Future steps in international collaboration in Photonics education

15:25-15:30 Closing


The main purpose of the project is to create a photonics education path from second degree to doctoral level to fulfill the current workforce needs of Finnish and foreign companies. Other targets are to promote education export services, to support the industry development, visits and networking, collecting and sharing information and development of Photonics Finland collaboration. The education path will be executed by Business Joensuu with education organizations UEF, Riveria and Karelia University of Applied Sciences in Joensuu. Project timeline is 1.5.2018 – 31.5.2020.

More information:

Juha Purmonen

+358 50 354 3832