The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO)

The Institute of Photonic Sciences ICFOLight, especially laser light, is one of the most useful and promising technologies currently available to humankind. ICFO's research programs target the global forefront of photonics, and aim to tackle important challenges faced by society as a whole. They focus on current and future problems in health, energy, information, safety, security and the environment.

ICFO's most valued assets are its PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. They are bright, ambitious young women and men, with a talent for discovery and strong values, who aim to achieve difficult but important goals. Central to our mission is the training of the next generation of scientists and industry leaders through courses, seminars, access to cutting-edge experimental infrastructure, and mentoring by researchers that are among the best in the world in their fields. This training aims to equip talented students with unique capabilities that will help them become the leaders of the future, either in the academic or the industrial world.

At the core of ICFO's spirit is ingenuity, fascination for the unknown, and hard work. An attitude shared by many researchers around the world with whom ICFO staff continuously interact and correspond.