The Photonics Ireland 2018 conference took place on Monday the 3rd to Wednesday the 5th of September in Páirc Uí Chaoimh and was jointly organised by Cork Institute of Technology through the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis (CAPPA) and Maynooth University. Over the three day conference, there was a variety of talks and posters presented on a high range of photonics topics including materials, medical devices, integration and packaging, food and beverage and optical sensing. The plenary speakers included Professor Malte Gather from St Andrews University, Professor Miles Padgett from Glasgow University and Dr Joost Van Kerhof from LioniX International.
On Wednesday the 5th of September, the third day of the Photonics Ireland conference, CAPPA hosted an Industry and Entrepreneurship session as part of the conference. This session highlighted the increased collaboration and co-operation between academic and industrial partners. This session provided information from national funding agencies and academic and industry collaborators highlighting the range of on-going engagements. This session was a break in tradition from the typical format of the conference allowing for a full morning session focusing on industry and entrepreneurship which proved to be a high success. Over 220 delegates attended the three day conference plus an additional 50 industry personnel for the CAPPA Industry and Entrepreneurship session.
The event offered a unique opportunity to hear from leading national and international companies including:
- Geariod Mooney from Enterprise Ireland
- Dr Joost Van Kerhof from LioniX International
- Dr Sonia Rameriez from Johnson and Johnson
- Professor John Sheridan from Equilume
- Hilary Cronin from Metabolomic Diagnostics Ltd.
The Industry and Entrepreneurship session ended with a question and answers segment with the panel which was chaired by Dr Liam Lewis from CAPPA, and included all the speakers from that morning. This session gave great insights into the benefits of academia and industry working together as well as an overview of how each company first began to engage with their relevant academic partners.