National University of Ireland, Galway
NUI Galway, founded in 1845, has a distinguished track record of achievement in research, in teaching and contribution to society. The University with its 17,000 students and 2,000 staff makes impactful contributions internationally, nationally, and to the Connacht Ulster region in Ireland. The University is ranked 280th in the Times Higher Education world rankings. The University focuses on multidisciplinary research programmes, and has extensive collaborations with industrial partners.
The photonics community at NUI Galway has approximately 50 researchers engaged in photonics research, including 30 photonics PhD candidates and 20+ postdoctoral researchers in the School of Physics spread across research themes of Applied Optics, Biophotonics, Imaging, Remote Sensing and Laser-based Manufacturing. The Centre for Photonics & Imaging coordinates this activity at NUI Galway, integrating activities across fundamental science, education, applied research, technology transfer and industrial training. The key objective is the discovery of new science and the development of core intellectual property, carefully managed by the University, in close collaboration with SME and multinational industries. The impact of the photonics community in Galway is demonstrated by the 811 cited documents, including 424 peer-reviewed journal articles, and more recently in the last five years, by the 32 peer-reviewed journal articles published per year generating more than one thousand citations per year.
The National Centre for Laser Applications (NCLA) is part of the Centre for Applied Photonics and Imaging and is focussed on the area of advanced laser materials processing. The NCLA conducts internationally recognised research, commercialises proprietary research activity, trains graduate engineers and scientists and promotes laser-based production to national and international industry. The NCLA works closely with Irish and European academic and industrial partners on projects spanning graduate education, fundamental research, applied technology development and technology transfer.