PREIN – Flagship on Photonics Research and Innovation

The University of Eastern Finland is a partner in the new Flagship on Photonics Research and Innovation, PREIN. PREIN is one of the six flagships funded by the Academy of Finland, each representing the cutting edge of their respective field and involving collaboration across organisational boundaries. PREIN focuses on light-based technologies and their applications. Photonics plays a key role in telecommunications, biomedicine, energy and environmental engineering, manufacturing and consumer products.

The Flagship Programme of the Academy of Finland provides a new, unique way of doing R&D&I in Finland. The programme is an instrument that promotes excellent research and versatile impact arising therefrom. The programme supports future knowledge and know-how and sustainable solutions to societal challenges, and advances economic growth by developing new business opportunities.

The Flagship on Photonics Research and Innovation, PREIN, focuses on multidisciplinary research and develops novel innovations for the benefit of companies and society. PREIN is a consortium involving the University of Tampere, the University of Eastern Finland, Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Coordinated by the University of Tampere, the consortium secured more than 8.2 million euros of funding for 2019–2022. Professor Jyrki Saarinen from the University of Eastern Finland is the flagship’s Deputy Director and in charge of the flagship’s outcome utilisation and other impact.

The University of Eastern Finland is represented in the consortium by the Institute of Photonics, encompassing the Department of Physics and Mathematics, the Department of Chemistry, the School of Computing, the Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the Department of Applied Physics at the Faculty of Science and Forestry.

The overall objective of the consortium is to bring together actors of the Finnish photonics ecosystem in an integrated network that covers the whole path from basic to applied research and to further development and commercialisation of disruptive photonic technologies.

PREIN website