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The Integrated Initiative of European Laser Research Infrastructures

Laserlab-Europe is in the third phase of its successful cooperation: the Consortium now brings together 30 leading organisations in laser-based inter-disciplinary research from 16 countries. Together with associate partners, Laserlab covers the majority of European member states. 20 facilities offer access to their labs for European research teams.

Lasers and photonics, one of only five key enabling technologies identified by the European Union, are not only essential for the scientific future but also for the socio-economic security of any country. Given the importance of lasers and their applications in all areas of sciences, life sciences and technologies, the main objectives of the Consortium are:

  • To maintain a competitive, inter-disciplinary network of European national laser laboratories;
  • To strengthen the European leading role in laser research through Joint Research Activities (JRA), pushing the laser concept into new directions and opening up new applications of key importance in research and innovation;
  • To offer transnational access to top-quality laser research facilities in a highly co-ordinated fashion for the benefit of the European research community;
  • To increase the European basis in laser research and applications by reaching out to neighboring scientific communities and by assisting the development of Laser Research Infrastructures on both the national and the European level.

Laserlab-Europe is Collaborating Partner of the International Year of Light 2015

The International Year of Light is a global initiative which will highlight to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for the development of society. It is an unique opportunity to inspire, educate, and connect on a global scale.
Laserlab-Europe is proud to support the International Year of Light! 

>> Find out about our activities during the Year of Light


Quantum simulation of a portion of an organic solar
cell composed by
a polymer chain, and a fullerene
buckyball. © Carlo Andrea Rozzi

Lasers for Solar Energy

Only a small fraction of the incident solar radiation is needed to cover the global energy demand. As such, solar energy has a huge potential as a sustainable source of energy. Indeed, the percentage of electricity generated from sunlight has grown quickly over the past few years, mainly because of the highly successful crystalline silicon solar cells. In order to sustain this growth, though, the world needs new solar technologies, which can provide cheaper and – quite literally – more flexible solar materials. This focus section features stories from several scientists within Laserlab-Europe, partners as well as users, giving a flavour of the solar technologies under study and the laser techniques that are used to look into their workings.

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©Monty Rakusen

Lasers For Life

Since its invention over 50 years ago, the laser has found applications across many areas of science and medicine, ranging from fundamental research using spectroscopy and imaging techniques to clinical applications for diagnosis and treatment.
Laserlab-Europe is active in many areas of biomedically-related laser science, and significant advances are being made across all areas. Laserlab researchers provide insight into the diverse range of biomedical topics that are addressed within the consortium:

To help set out a roadmap for the field, Laserlab-Europe held a ‘Lasers for Life’ Foresight Workshop at the Royal Society, London, on the 2nd to 4th June 2014. >>> Read more


novel photodetector
Impression of the novel photodetector envisioned by Frank Koppens
and Gerasimos Konstantatos. Colloidal quantum dots (red) on a
layer of graphene (honeycomb structure). ©ICFO

Laserlab and industry

Technological inventions, whether originating from the academic world or created in industry’s research labs, are an essential ingredient for our modern economy. Close collaboration between science and industry increases the odds that such findings will eventually benefit society. In these collaborations, knowledge can flow in two directions. We present a short overview of some high-tech companies, both recent spin-offs and independent businesses, associated with several Laserlab-Europe partners. In addition, two new ERC Proof of Concept projects – from LaserLaB Amsterdam and ICFO – are presented, illustrating how the European Research Council stimulates development of scientific results into profitable products.

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Salle de Jeaune LOA

Access success stories

Ever since the beginning of Laserlab-Europe, one of its most important features has been the Transnational Access Programme. Up to now, about 1,200 scientists from institutions outside Laserlab-Europe had access to Laserlab facilities to perform their experiments. Proposals for Transnational Access are reviewed by an external and independent Access Selection Panel on the basis of scientific merit. Access to Laserlab facilities is free of charge; travel and accommodation expenses of visits with a typical duration of two to six weeks are covered by the Programme. Through the years, many long-term research collaborations have been formed as a result of Transnational Access. On the following pages, we highlight a few particularly successful access projects.

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