A message from the director
POPsud, an association founded at the initiative of company CEOs, researchers and academics, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2010, and with it the achievement of various key stages and the creation of a range of facilities focused on innovation and development, for the benefit of the optics-photonics community in the south of France:
- the creation of a well-structured community of key actors in industry and academic research, organised around a network of members and a range of technology-focused services and tools (theme-based meetings, directories, contact developing processes, etc.)
- the award in 2005 of the Competitiveness Cluster label OPTITEC, for Complex Systems for Optics and Imaging; more than 130 projects have been submitted and 100 projects were awarded the label. After a positive assessment in June 2008, the OPTITEC cluster was validated for the three following years (2009-2011), with a Performance Contract with the state and the territorial authorities.
- the award of the label PRIDES (Pôle Régional d’Innovation et de Développement de l’Economie Solidaire), for a cluster including about 100 companies and 40 research laboratories in the region, which drives a growth dynamic of 10 % per year on average (600 jobs created in 3 years and 20 start-ups)
- the development of the European and international dimension of the Cluster, with R&D and business partnerships with the leading countries in this sector (Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the European Union, Quebec, Brazil).