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Photonics-based national platform launched at Photonics Ireland

02 September 2015

Eugene Arthurs, Chris O'Leary, Damien English at Photonics Ireland

From left, SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs, Lord Mayor of Cork Chris O'Leary, and Photonics Ireland Conference Chair Paul Townsend (University College Cork) at the Photonics Ireland opening

Damien English, Eugene Arthurs at Photonics Ireland launch
Minister of State Damien English with SPIE CEO Eugene
Arthurs at the Photonics Ireland national platform launch

The biennial Photonics Ireland conference opening reception on 1 September at Cork City Hall featured the launch of a new photonics-based technology platform for Ireland. Damien English, T.D., Ireland's Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation, officially launched Photonics Ireland, Making Light Work, a strategy document to grow Ireland's photonics sector and a plan for Ireland to benefit from future opportunities expected from photonics.

SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs was on hand for the launch, and is chairing a session on Industry and Entrepreneurship, sponsored by LIGHTalks, on Thursday during the three-day conference. Speakers are Peter Chang (Intel), Gary Leyden (NRDC), Frank Symth (Pilot Photonics), Fionnuala Healy (Trinity College Dublin), and Declan O'Mahony (HeartSine Technologies).

'Photonics Ireland unveils "action plan"' (optics.org, 2 September 2015)

'Ireland photonics platform launches' (SPIE Newsroom, 1 September 2015)

'Many hands at new photonics platform to make light work better' (The Irish Times, 17 August 2015)