The 1st Meeting of the Working Group on Photonics was held in Russia in accordance with the BRICS Jaipur Declaration signed at the 5th BRICS Science, Technology and Innovation Ministerial Meeting on July, 18 2017 and the revised BRICS Work Plan 2015-2018 as well as the Action Plan 2017-2020.
The official part of the meeting was devoted to the formats and rules governing the functioning of the BRICS Working Groups, determining the key national centers of expertise for the solution of priority tasks. Official representatives of ministries and agencies, members of the expert community, active researchers, officials of health-care organizations, representatives of the business community represented the BRICS countries.
The second part of the Meeting of the BRICS WPG was devoted to the proposed pilot themes cooperation — High Speed Optical Communication Systems, Photonics Applications in Bio-Medicine, Integrated Optics, Photonics for Agriculture and Food Industry. Discussion of current international cooperation mechanisms involved representatives of academia, government, medical institutions, industry associations, and business community.