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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Friday, 1 July, 2011
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionEmailGender
Roberto
Pini
Cluster Manager
r.pini@ifac.cnr.it
Male
Francesca
Rossi
Project Manager
f.rossi@ifac.cnr.it
Female
Marta
Mascalchi
Project Manager
m.mascalchi@ifac.cnr.it
Female
Languages spoken: 
English
Italian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Aerospace Vehicles and Defence
Biopharmaceuticals
Technology fields: 
Precision agriculture
Biochemistry / Biophysics
S3 EU priority areas: 
Crop & animal production, hunting &related service activities
Photonics
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Photonics
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
95
Number of SME members: 
80
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
0
Number of larger company members: 
2
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
11
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
2
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
CNR Centro ricerca Impresa
Technology center
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The Institute of Applied Physics “Nello Carrara” (IFAC) is part of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), which is the main public organisation pursuing research and innovation in Italy. IFAC is also the legal entity which acts as the coordinator of the Regional Photonics Cluster of Tuscany "OPTOSCANA", which includes about 120 enterprises, research centres and other organisations, many of them active in the Photonics field.

IFAC’s main aim is to carry out frontier research at an international level and, at the same time, to develop new technologies and methodologies that can be effectively transferred to the economic system. The approaches involved are theoretical, experimental and applied research, with a firm determination to develop new techniques and to build prototypes of instruments. The main lines of research promoted in IFAC are Lasers, Biophotonics, Micro-optics, Sensors, Remote Sensing, Microwaves, and ICT. These physical methods are then employed to investigate novel applications in several branches of interdisciplinary sciences, such as biophotonics for therapy and surgery, optical sensors for environmental control, laser techniques and diagnostic methods for archaeometry and the conservation of the cultural heritage. The whole Institute is part of the CNR Florence Research Area situated at the "Polo Scientifico di Sesto Fiorentino".

In the framework of the regional, national and European clusters, CNR IFAC has been promoter of collecting data from the research centres (CNR and Universities) and from the enterprises, through visits, interviews and filling in forms and surveys. The results were used as a starting point of the activities of the Innovation Pole OPTOSCANA described below, evidencing technological needs and services offers that can be addressed.

At Regional (Tuscany) level, IFAC is since 2011 the coordinator of the OPTOSCANA Pole of Innovation for Photonics, Optoelectronics and Space. It includes 90 companies, 10 research centres. 5 Universities and 10 innovation agencies from Tuscany. Until now, the Pole has provided more than 40 services to companies. At present, IFAC is also responsible for the Scientific Secretariat of the Regional District FORTIS (acronym of Photonics, Optoelectronics, Robotics, Telecom, ICT and Space).

At National level, IFAC is involved in the Italian Photonics Platform "CORIFI" (which mimics Photonics21 in terms of organization and WGs), and Roberto Pini (IFAC Director) is responsible for the WG3 on Photonics for Life Sciences and Health, for Research Centres and Universities.

At EC level, IFAC is supporting the participation of Tuscany in the mirror group of Photonics21. In particular, we recently promoted a significant cofounding from our Region for the ERANET+ BiphotonicsPlus program started in 2013, and we replicated a similar effort for the ERANET Cofund initiative on Photonic Sensing, called "Photosens".

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
No
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to technology services
Support of knowledge transfer
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
China
India
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Finland
France
Germany
Spain
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

Organization of European events to join the gap between academia and companies, especially SMEs

Participation to international exhibition and fairs (booth for companies)

Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
SecPho, Eu
Optitec, Eu
Photonics Bretagne, Eu
OptecBB, EU
PhotonicSweden, Eu
Photonics NL, EU
Photonics Finland, Eu
CPI, Uk
Optonet, Eu
Optonique, Canada
PhotonDelta, Eu
Photonics Hub, Eu
Arizona Technology Council, USA
Photonics Israel
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject Name
FP7
H2020
INTERREG

EU CSA H2020 EPRISE

EU CSA FP7 Oasis

INTERREG EU STEPHANIE