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Photonics in industry promoted at LightFORUM

SPIE CEO talks of potential for change

BELLINGHAM, WA, USA - 24 April 2008 - The technologies of photonics have the potential to transform industry, SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs advised attendees at the fourth annual meeting of LightFORUM on 17 April in Galway, Ireland.

LightFORUM, the industry outreach activity of LightHouse: Centre of Applied Photonics, provides a framework for professionals in industry and academia to explore and develop relationships and activities of mutual interest. This year's meeting was themed "Photonics in New Products and Manufacture," and included speakers from state agencies on support for upskilling in industry and several industry case studies.

In addition to Arthurs' keynote, presentations included:

  • Frank White, Stryker Instruments, on "The role of lasers and optics in the medical device industry";
  • Caoimhe Cullinane, launching the BestNet Training Network featuring contributions from representatives of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, and training providers Industry-linked Postgraduate Education;
  • Derek O'Brien, Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET), on "The IRCSET Enterprise Partnership Scheme," with case studies presented by Graeme Scott and Barry Hogan of Hewlett-Packard and Barry Walsh of Alcon Labs;
  • Gerard O'Connor, NCLA, on "Lightfactory 2020: A vision for all-optical production in knowledge economies."

LightHOUSE: Centre for Applied Photonics, conducts research and technology development in the areas of:

  • Laser microfabrication
  • Photonics-based nanotechnology
  • Smart optics imaging
  • Optical characterisation

The centre is a research partnership which combining the expertise of the National Centre for Laser Applications (NCLA) and the Applied Optics Group, both located in the department of physics of the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway, into a centre of excellence in applied photonics with regional and national impact and importance on the international research stage.

See more information about the event at: nuigalway.ie/lighthouse/light_forum/LightFORUM_4th_meeting.html


From left, Christopher Dainty of the NUI Galway Applied Optics Group, Frank White of Stryker Instruments, Eugene Arthurs of SPIE, and Thomas Glynn of NCLA; at the 2007 LightFORUM event.