Baltic Photonics Cluster - BPC

November 2017

Annual meeting of BPC will take place on the 17th of November in Tallinn.

July 2017

The executive board has been changed. More information in the BPC newsletter for the 1st and 2nd quarter of 2017. 

October 2016

The 3rd quarterly newsletter of 2016 has been released.  BPC encourages all members and non-members to celebrate day of photonics this year on the 21st of October.

The 1st edition of the Baltic Photonics Catalogue is now online.

July 2016

The 2nd quarterly newsletter of 2016 has been released.

April 2016

The 1st quarterly newsletter of 2016 has been released. The current activities and interests of the BPC have been summed up in this. The newsletter can be downloaded under the following link.

December 2015

The quarterly newsletter about Q4 2015 activities of the Baltic Photonics Cluster has been released. It can be downloaded under the following link.

November 2015

The annual BPC meeting is held on the 12th of November in LITEK, Vilnius. The agenda contains visits to nearby companies and labs as well as presentations and discussions about BPC and its future.

Materials (OR,JP,JS1,JS2).


July 2015

According to the principle of leadership rotation, the Board of the Cluster changed on the 1st of July: the new Chairman is Dr. Petras Balkevičius, who has extensive experience in the field of photonics and also actively promoting the cooperation of business and science. We thank the previous Chairman, Prof. Janis Spigulis for his great effort in leading this cluster for the past 2 years.

April 2015

The "PhotonicsVenture" project consortium has submitted a proposal to take part of the H2020 ICT-27.c call. Baltic Photonics Cluster is one partner out of twelve in this European consortium. The EC will decide which is the best suitable project according to the H2020 call by September 2015.

February 2015

The international conference Northern Optics is held on the 2nd to 4th of June 2015 in the city of Imatra (in Lappeenranta region, Finland). The conference brings together optical scientists and now also industry from all over the Nordic and Baltic countries. More info.

January 2015

The year 2015 is celebrated as the International Year of Light. This means more attention to our photonics sector and more related events. For more information please visit

December 2014

Annual meeting of Baltic Photonics Cluster will take place in Vilnius on the 15th of December. The BPC meeting is held in Lithuania for the first time.

November 2014

Baltic Photonic Cluster has been registered as a legal entity in Latvia with its Board comprising prof Spigulis, dr Babichenko and dr Slekys. Registration number is 40008143117, address Kengaraga 8, Riga, LV-1063. The decision dated on 04.11.2014. 

October 2014

The international Day of Photonics is celebrated on the 21st of October. Many companies of BPC are organizing related activities inside their companies and a bit larger event is held in Institute of Physics, University of Tartu. More info at

May 2014

Conference announcements and links for interested parties:

1) International Conference on Collaboration in Space Technologies (ICCST) takes place on the 5th to 6th of June in Riga, Latvia. The program can be found here.

2) International Conference "Advanced Optical Materials and Devices" (AOMD8)  takes place on the 25th to 27th of August in Riga, Latvia.

December 2013

BPC meeting was held in Riga on the 16th of December 2013. 8 new members were accepted to the Cluster: Eksma Optics and Center for Physical Sciences and Technology from Lihtuania, ISP Optics, Eventech, Burgermetrics, Z-light and Baltic Scientific Instruments from Latvia and LDI Innovation from Estonia. Also, the meeting finalized and sent a letter to all the Baltic governments to prioritize photonics as a joint horizontal RIS3 priority in all Baltic states. Thirdly, the Cluster meeting made a preliminary decision to register the Cluster as a legal entity and start related activities. 

June 2013

BPC members have voted prof. Janis Spigulis, Head of Biophotonics Laboratory of IAPS, to be the chairman of Baltic Photonics Cluster. Former chairman Dr. Babichenko will now act as vice-chairman and Dr. Slekys will continue as vice-chairman of BPC.

Prof. Spigulis writes, "I would thank the leaving chairman Dr. Sergey Babichenko for his enermous energy and time spent to create and manage our regional photonics cluster. Its role will undoubtebly increase in the coming years, accordingly to the EC innovation and research policy; I hope that the BPC membership and activities will increase, as well. Please encourage the other photonics companies and institutions of your country to join BPC, and do not hesitate to contact me and/or the co-chairmen on any urgent item concerning photonics activities and policy in the Baltic states."

April 2013

Final call for submissions for 1st International Conference "Biophotonics Riga - 2013", which takes place on 26th to 31st of August. Read more.

April 2013

The Quantum Electronics Department and Laser Research Center of Vilnius University has joined BPC.

January  2013

International conference "Biophotonics - Riga 2013" announced
The conference is held on the 26th to 31st of August in association with the research training course and exhibition "Biophotonic Technologies - Baltics 2013".

Read more

October  2012

Photonics Activity in Estonia
The quarterly summary of activities in Estonia features recent photonics activities at the Institute of Physics, University of Tartu. 

IPUT report can be downloaded here

August 28th, 2012

Conference on photonics technologies in Riga

In frame of the FOTONIKA-LV project the 1st International conference "Photonics Technologies Riga -2012", the associated research training course and the exhibition took place on 23-28th of August at the University of Latvia. Read more about the conference.

April  2012

Photonics Activity in Latvia
The quarterly summary of activities in Latvia has been published in Reports section. Read more - Photonics ativities in Latvia-1.pdf   



March 5th, 2011

BPC meeting
The 3rd meeting of BPC was carried out by teleconference. It was decided to publish the 1st quarter report on photonics activity in Latvia. The members were tasked to recruit more organizations to BPC for better representation of photonics activity in Baltic countries. The preparation actions for the Business Round Table for Photonics Sensors have been discussed. More details about planned meeting in Helsinki on April 26, 2012.  


September 12th, 2011

BPC meeting
The 2nd meeting of Baltic Photonics Cluster took place in Tallinn on 8 September, in partnership with EPIC workshop. The workshop was on the topic of photonics sensors for defence, environment, security. Among others where members of Finnish photonic cluster that is being currently established and several SME representatives from Sweden, Denmark and Estonia.
Read more about the meeting.

August, 29th, 2011

The International Society for Applied Optics has joined BPC.

May 26th, 2011

New members to join BPC
Two Latvian companies IAPS and SOMPTA are now members of Baltic Photonics Cluster.

April 27th, 2011

New member of BPC
On April 27th, Teravil Ltd. joined Baltic Photonics Cluster.

April 7th, 2011

The first Baltic Photonics Cluster meeting took place in Tallinn, Ülemiste City, Technopolis on April 7th with the total of 10 members attending.

November 25th, 2010

Launch of European Business Roundtable
On November 18th, 2010 a group of European defense integrators and photonics clusters launched a Business
Round Table for Photonics Sensors for Defense and Security ( The
mission of this Round Table is to create business relationships between photonics SMEs who are
leaders in sensor innovations and technology integrators who are seeking specific capabilities and
performance for defense and security systems. Read more

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