Photonics Ireland holds a new LIGHTtalk event for entrepreneurs on September 3rd

A new LIGHTtalk: Lighting the Future will be organized as part of Photonics Ireland that is being held in Cork, Ireland, on 2-4 September 2015.


The biennial Photonics Ireland Conference is the premier event for photonics research in Ireland. It aims to cover all aspects of photonics research in Ireland, ranging from fundamental topics such as Quantum Optics and Photonic Materials through to more applied topics such as Biophotonics and Optical Sensing, and Photonic Integration and Packaging.

The LIGHTtalk event will highlight the value of photonics both internationally and to the Irish economy. It is planned to include a series of presentations to showcase both the value and diversity of photonics, followed by a round-table interactive discussion with the audience. The meeting will include both international speakers and also local entrepreneurs who have facilitated or taken ideas through from the academic environment to commercial exploitation.

The list of speakers will comprise:

  • Eugene Arthurs - (SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics) | Session Chair
  • Peter Chang  (Components Research, Technology Manufacturing Group, Intel, Hillsboro Oregon)
  • Gary Leyden (NDRC)
  • Frank Smyth (Pilot Photonics)
  • Fionnuala Healy (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Declan O'Mahony (HeartSine Technologies)

It will also include a round table discussion of the challenges and key lessons learnt in taking an idea from conception through to market.

The overall goal of LightTALK at Photonics Ireland is to highlight the strengths of the Irish photonics community, and the opportunities and challenges for successful commercial exploitation of photonics technologies, in order to excite the conference participants on the benefits of pursuing this path.

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About LIGHT2015

LIGHT2015 is a European project funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme of the European Commission. It aims to promote the importance of photonics to young people, entrepreneurs and the general public in all Member States of the EU during the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015).

LIGHT2015 activities will include LIGHTtalks, a series of inspirational events, which will take place throughout the European Union in different cities at different times for the whole duration of the project in order to bring photonics closer to students and entrepreneurs. A specific series of events targeted to local industry and entrepreneurs, will take place during the period 25-28 September 2015 to take advantage of the international “100 Hours / Weekend of Light” of the global IYL 2015 programme.

Another highlight of LIGHT2015 will be a community experiment on smartphone photonics where thousands of participants from throughout the EU will carry out optical measurements of the sky to yield information related to air pollution. To aid teachers and to inspire student, Photonics kits will be distributed to schools around Europe to support the scientific education at secondary schools.

LIGHT2015 Partners include the European Physical Society (EPS), the European Optical Society (EU), the Institute of Photonics Sciences (ICFO), Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI), Universiteit Leiden and EYESTvzw.


Paul Townsend
Tyndall National Institute
University College Cork

Jorge Rivero González
LIGHT2015 Project Officer

David Lee
LIGHT2015 Coordinator