Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of the Swedish Photonics

For the first time, a common strategic research and innovation agenda has been developed by the Swedish photonics
community. Having experienced an extremely successful period in the 1990’s, during which no common strategy
needed to be formulated as everything was moving at a frantic haste, photonics in Sweden and elsewhere were hit
quite hard by the dot-com bubble. As photonics worldwide has regained momentum and strength, the importance
and vitality of photonics have repeatedly been recognized in Europe, in the USA, and in Asia, but to a lesser extent in
Sweden. There is a strong urgency to make it clear to all stakeholders in Sweden the future potential and promise in the renaissance of photonics.
To make photonics more visible in Sweden is the task PhotonicSweden has set itself.

Photonics Agenda- Photonics, A Key Enabling Technology for Sweden 

You wake up with an intense toothache. You take a painkiller and call your dentist. At the dentist
surgery an x-ray examination is performed, concluding caries. The dentist uses a dental laser to
remove the caries, and after placing some composite material in the “drilled” hole in your tooth, the
composite material is cured by exposing it to ultraviolet light. All these, the x-ray examination, the
dental laser “drilling”, and the ultraviolet light curing, are examples of applications of optics and
photonics technologies within the field of life sciences and health, often referred to as biophotonics

The Report of WG3 on Swedish Biophotonics 2013

This brochure of the Swedish Biophotonics is to our knowledge the first gathering of nearly all companies, academic groups and
institutes active in the field in Sweden. This work could be realised by PhotonicSweden
thanks to its participation in the European project OASIS. This project, which ended in May 2016, aimed at reinforcing the field of
biophotonics in Europe. A brochure like this one is certainly an important contribution to that aim.
Photonics in Europe is highly fragmented and the level of fragmentation is probably even higher in the
field of biophotonics. The new project EPRISE is a follow-up of OASIS with almost the same consortium.


This document is a research and innovation agenda for Swedish research, development and production in the field of smart electronic systems. It applies up until 2030 and has been produced by Acreo Swedish ICT, the Swedish Electronics Trade Association, Chalmers University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, LTU Luleå University of Technology, PhotonicSweden and Swerea IVF, who together own the rights to its contents, which may be quoted as long as the source is stated. Electronics is introduced in more and more fields of applications and represents an increasingly important part of products and services available and developed within in a range of different industries. The market is growing rapidly.
The demands for electronics will increase due to the expanding needs to find new and effective solutions to meet the many global challenges the world is facing concerning energy consumption, sustainable environment and care and concern for a growing and increasingly aged population. Electronics is a vital enabler for these solutions. The agenda has been produced within the framework of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agendas co-financed by VINNOVA, the Swedish Energy Agency and Formas.

Swedish version:

Smarta Elektroniksystem för Sverige – en Strategisk Forsknings och Innovationsagenda

English version


Do you want to educate yourself in the field of optics and photonics?

Look at the brochure “Study_Photonics!” which is available in various languages. Discover where to study Photonics in different countries in Europe. The brochure will give you useful information about degree courses (certificate courses e. g. correspondence courses; bachelor, master and doctorate courses, and teacher courses for high school) offered:

courses in Sweden:


courses in other countries: