about us

indispensable for the photonic industry

PhotonicsNL is the national association for Photonics and Optics in the Netherlands

PhotonicsNL is the unique portal for the Photonics community in the Netherlands. Photonics is worldwide being recognized as a key enabling technology for the 21st century and especially in Europe by the European Commission and in the Netherlands by the Topsector High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM). Our mission:


It's our mission to stimulate photonics and optics

Economic activity

We also want to stimulate economic grow

our vision

We have a clear vision what we want to achieve

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Enabling collaborations and cross-fertilization in the photonics value chain.


Propagating the importance of photonics for our economy and in all levels of education.


Promoting the national photonics community in the Netherlands and abroad.

Our strategy

With our strategy we make sure our members and partners are visible and well-heard in the entire supply chain.


Organizing networking, knowledge and matchmaking events.

Trade missions

Participating in international trade missions.


Creating links between our members.


Collaborating in European Projects and with other national clusters.

Putting light to work

Photonics and Optics provide tools and solutions to every industry in the Netherlands and worldwide. Photonics-based innovations have fundamentally changed the way we live, work and play and will continue to do so. Light is fast, precise and clean – three unique and highly useful properties that make photonics suitable for a broad spectrum of applications.

we go way back from 1956

Our history

Our organization

Meet the people behind photonics

Benno Oderkerk


Erwin Bomert

Treasurer (LioniX International)

Ewit Roos

Board Member (PhotonDelta)

Steven Goetstouwers

Board member

Silvania Pereira

Board Member Education (Delft University) silvania.pereira@photonicsnl.org

Pieter Kramer

Secretary (Laser 2000)

Petra Wicherink


Daniela Kommers

Event & Community

Paul Urbach

Board Member (Optics Netherlands/Delft University) paul.urbach@photonicsnl.org

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