Team members of our research centre are members of the technological platform Photonics21. One of them participated in the annual meeting of technological platform Photonics21 in Brussels on 8th – 9th Mars 2018. In the group meetings there were formulated and discussed missions, targets, challenges and boundary conditions of photonics research and industry development. The main focus was common preparation of next framework programme after Horizon 2020 beginning in 2021. Together we can contribute to a better future of Europe.