This communication introduces Next Generation Photonic Crystal Fibres (NextGenPCF) Project consortium, objectives
and activities. The Project consortium, comprising leading European industries and research institutes, aims to advance
the state of the art in photonic crystal fibre technology, and utilize the new fibres in key Biomedical, Telecom and
Sensing applications. This Integrated project, launched in the scope of the EU "Information Society Technology (IST)"
programme commenced on June 1st 2006 and is to run for 3 years.