17th April 2008
9.45am - 3.45pm
Marriott Courtyard Hotel


Supported by the ERDF via the BMW Regional Assembly


The fourth LightFORUM meeting took place in Galway on April 17th.

LightHouse is an initiative of the NCLA and Applied Optics Groups of NUI Galway.
With a total staff complement of 50, it brings together the largest group of laser & optics scientists and engineers in the country in pursuit of new discovery and support for Irish industry.

This years meeting took place on April 17th. The theme of the meeting was “Photonics in New Products and Manufacture” and featured case-study presentations from industry representatives as well as speakers from state agencies on support for upskilling in industry.


(Left to Right) Prof Chris Dainty, head of Applied Optics Group, Mr Frank White, Stryker Instruments, Dr Eugene Arthurs, Executive Director SPIE and LightForum Keynote Speaker and Professor Thomas Glynn, Director of NCLA


The meeting was opened by Professor Nicholas Canny, President of the Royal Irish Academy, who praised the impact of the LightFourm activity and the strategic role of Photonics in NUI Galway. A large attendance enjoyed presentations from the keynote speaker, Eugene Arthurs, Executive Director of SPIE who spoke on the potential of photonics to transform industry as well as talks from representatives of industry in Ireland.

For more information please contact Mr. Tony Flaherty



Registration & Coffee

10.15 Welcome & Introduction
10:30 Competitive Advantage Through Photonics
Dr. Eugene Arthurs, Executive Director of SPIE
11.30 The Role of Lasers & Optics in the Medical Device Industry.
Mr. Frank White - Stryker Instruments

Launch of BestNet Training Network by Network Manager Caoimhe Cullinane.
The launch will feature contributions from representatives of the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment, and the Training Providers.

13.00 Lunch
14.00 Industry-linked Postgraduate Education
The IRCSET Enterprise Partnership Scheme-
Mr. Derek O’Brien, IRCSET
Case studies-
Hewlett-Packard - Mr.Graeme Scott & Mr. Barry Hogan
Alcon Labs - Mr. Barry Walsh.
15.00 Lightfactory 2020 - A vision for all-optical production in knowledge economies.
Dr. Gerard O’Connor, NCLA
15.45 Coffee & Close

The LightForum meeting is supported by Science Foundation Ireland, BestNet and the BMW Regional Assembly under
the Innovative Actions Programme.