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.

What's new?

PHABLABS 4.0 project video

July 16 2019

Check out the brand new PHABLABS 4.0 project video!!

Winners of the Challenger Project Award

July 16 2019

Meet the winners of the Photonics Challenger Awards, category students (15-18 y) and the category young professionals (18+)!

Europe-wide photonics project gets thousands of girls in STEM

June 17 2019

Thousands of young women and girls have had the chance to explore the world of science, engineering, and light technologies thanks to a European photonics research consortium that has created their girls in STEM ecosystem, a series of 33 workshops and 11 Photonics Challenger projects across 10 European countries in a bid to tackle the underrepresentation of women in science.

PHABLABS 4.0 Challenger Projects
This movie gives an overview of the PHABLABS 4.0  challenger projects. Are you interested in one of the photonics challenger projects ? Please inform us:

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

Looking for a cool and interesting STEM-project? 

Take on the challenge individually or roll up your sleeves in group and develop a solution for a realistic problem. With a good portion of creativity and some insight into photonics, the science of light, you build the most creative solution!

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.

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.


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.

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.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Grant Agreement N°. 731610.
Project Duration: 01/12/2016 - 31/05/2019