From February 25th to 26th, Japan-Morocco Handai
Project on Functional Nanophotonics kick-off workshop
was held at MAScIR (Moroccan Foundation for Advanced Science, Innovation and Research), Morocco.
Under the Osaka University International Joint Research Promotion
Program, which was selected last year is
based on a partnership between photonics
center in Osaka, which is headed by Professor Satoshi Kawata,
with optics and
photonics center in MAScIR, which is headed by Professor Zouheir Sekkat. This
entitled “Nano-functional Photonics: study of new nano optical/photonic functions originating from the intera-
ction of photon and
nano-structured materials” and is running in the period April 2014– March 2017.
of the project is to carry joint advanced applied research and innovation as well as exchange of researchers and
This workshop gathered principal researchers and students involved in
the project from both sides of Japan and
Morocco. All the participants reported
their latest scientific results on nano-functional photonics and discussed
to find pathways to innovative nano optical/photonic functions. The International Year of
Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 has just started. The Handai Project Kick-Off Workshop was an extre-
mely good opportunity for all the participants to start sailing in the same
boat in the International Year of Light to
get to a new port in a new continent.