On November 8, the conference “Innovation Fund – sectoral research program: smart materials, photonics and biomedicine” was organized to encourage discussion on the development of innovations, using the State Research Program (VPP) “Innovation Fund – sectoral research program: smart materials, photonics” and biomedicine” in combination with other support mechanisms.

Several EDI specialists participated in the conference, including researcher Laura Leja, Oskars Teikamis, Pēteris Rachinskis, Krišjānis Nesenbergs, research assistant Artis Rušiņš and programming engineer Kalniņš Mārcis. They presented their developed technology with a poster for the Smart Materials, Photonics, Technology and Engineering Ecosystem (MOTE) project, which brings together the expertise of scientists to create photonics, smart materials and robotics innovations needed by industry. As part of the project, optical fiber-based technologies are also being developed, which will be used to monitor pollution, diseases and the durability of structures, combining expertise in physics, microtechnology, biology and medicine.

The conference was also attended by policy makers, industry representatives and scientists to discuss the progress of the VPP Innovation Fund program, the achieved results and identify the needs of the industry. State support, which is necessary for scientific innovations to reach the market, was also discussed.”

The conference took place at the University of Latvia – Nature House, more information: