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 28th – 29th Mars 2017. In the group meetings there were discussed possibilities of contribution of photonics in different areas of technology and society and to solve societal challenges. 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.