Combining the World of Photonics and Fab Labs

The concept of PHABLABS 4.0 is based on combining the World of Photonics with the growing creative ecosystem of existing Fab Labs. Joining forces of top experts from 13 European photonics institutes and STEM-oriented organizations with Fab Lab stakeholders, PHABLABS 4.0 will deliver 33 Photonics Workshops, 11 Photonics Challengers and Photonics Toolkits tailored for three different target groups.

Tailored Activities for

Young Minds

To enlarge and ensure the workforce of tomorrow the PHABLABS 4.0 project will focus on the young minds to stimulate their interest in a technical profession.

Students

The PHABLABS 4.0 project will focus on the students to encourage experimentation with photonics and grasp the strong enabling character of this key enabling technology in combination with other KETs.

Young Professionals

The project aims to introduce young professionals to specific aspects of photonics and trigger innovation in their products, with the focus on technological possibilities and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Increasing Creativity, Stimulating Innovation

Photonics Workshops

33 appealing “Photonics Workshops” will introduce a variety of fundamental photonics principles that are important to harness photonics properly to understand a wide variety of applications and create new ones.

Photonics Challenger Projects

We aim to define and test 11 different inspiring and thought-provoking “Photonics Challenger Projects”, covering different aspects of photonics and with a link to cross-KET technologies.

Photonics Toolkits

The PHABLABS 4.0 project aims to compose photonics toolkits for the Fab Labs to facilitate the use of photonics components as a standard element throughout these innovation hubs.

Pan-European Network

Photonics Partners

The strength of this project is the teaming up of local photonics organizations with local Fab Labs. In PHABLABS 4.0 this teaming up will happen within 11 regions across 10 countries.

Pilot Fab Labs

The PHABLABS 4.0 project will use the existing facilities of the Fab Labs ecosystem. During this project we are going to focus on 14 pilot Fab Labs in the 10 participating countries.

Gender Action Team

Special attention will be given to create gender-sensitive material for the “Photonics Workshops” and “Photonics Challenger Projects” that they gain the interest of girls in science.

What's new?

26/01/2017
PHABLABS 4.0 invited on next Photonics21 meeting

Drive the change! - This is the motto of the next Photonics Public Private Partnership Annual Meeting which will be held on the 28 and 29 March 2017. PHABLABS 4.0 will showcase the first developped Photonics Workshops and Photonics Challenger Projects.

10/01/2017
Gender Action Guidelines

Girls typically respond differently from boys to the incentives offered in life. This is a learned response resulting from a whole lifetime of different 'nudges' received or perceived from family, friends and society. We can't change this. But within the PHABLABS 4.0 projects we aim to work WITH it so that girls receive the same opportunities as boys.

14/12/2016
Kick-off meeting in Brussels

The PHABLABS 4.0 project started officially on the first of December 2016. On the 14th of December, all Photonics partners, the pilot Fab Labs, the Fab Lab advisory panel and the Gender Action Team participated to the kick-off meeting in Brussels.

Photonics Workshop Cuddly Toy

This movie shows the first steps of the Workshop "Photonics Cuddly Toy" where the participants start from the principle of total internal reflection to guide light with waveguides or optical fibers towards other places. Since optical fibers can be made very small, it also offers the possibility of integrating it into textiles to enhance the textile with illumination, and even advance towards smart textiles. Here we implement optical fibres into a cuddly toy to give it lighting buttons, ears, hands or mouth.