LaserLab Europe

Involving 26 Laser Research Infrastructures from 16 European member states, Laser Lab Europe is The Integrated Initiative of European Laser Research Infrastructures. 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 form a competitive, inter-disciplinary network of European national laser laboratories
  • To strengthen the European leading role in laser research through Joint Research Activities, pushing the laser concept into new directions and opening up new applications of key importance
  • To engage in the Transnational Access Programme in a co-ordinated fashion for the benefit of the European research community, providing about 1100 days of access per year for European researchers
  • 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.



CORBEL — Coordinated Research Infrastructures Building Enduring Life-science services — is an EC Horizon2020 project uniting 11 Biological and Medical Science Research Infrastructures (RIs). ICFO participates in this infrastructure through the SLN@BCN node. In CORBEL, the participating RIs expand their cooperation in order to harmonise researchers’ access to their cutting-edge technologies and services. By establishing a sustainable platform of aligned services, CORBEL will enable faster admission to and a wider portfolio of technologies and services to boost research projects.


The European Research Infrastructure for Imaging Technologies in Biological and Biomedical Sciences (EuBI) provides open physical user access to a broad range of state-of-the-art technologies in biological and biomedical imaging for life scientists. In addition, it will offer image data support and training for infrastructure users and providers.

The EuBI consists of a set of 29 geographically distributed Node Candidates (specialised imaging facilities) that can grant access to scientists from all European countries and beyond. Currently, researchers can apply to use some of 36 imaging technologies offered through Euro-BioImaging.

ICFO participates in this infrastructure through the Super Resolution Node Barcelona located both at ICFO and at CRG and through the Mesoscopic Imaging Node Barcelona located at CRG, IRBB and ICFO.


Access CenTer for PHotonics innovAtion Solutions and Technology Support (ACTPHAST) is a unique “one-stop-shop” for supporting photonics innovation by European companies (supported by the European Commission under the FP7 framework- Grant Agreement No. 619205).  It supports and accelerates the innovation capacity of European companies by providing them with direct access to the expertise and state-of-the-art facilities of Europe‘s leading photonics research centres (the ACTPHAST Partners), enabling companies to exploit the tremendous commercial potential of applied photonics. ICFO is one of 23 research institutes who together make up the ACTPHAST Partners.

While designed to provide open access to photonics innovation support for all European companies who meet the eligibility criteria, the ACTPHAST program is particularly suited to the needs of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who do not have the financial resources to invest in in-house R&D expertise and state-of-the-art technologies, nor to undertake risky innovation projects.

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ImageInLife is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN funded by the European Commission Horizon2020 programme that addresses the challenge of understanding how cells behave to build organisms as complex as vertebrates. The project will run for 4 years from January 2017. It brings together leading European research groups in the field and partners from companies that aim to commercialise corresponding tools.

The main objectives of this ITN are to use the vertebrate embryo as a model to develop new tools to image vertebrate organismes and to train future bio-imagers through research, exposing them to the richest environment to foster a successful career.

Systems Microscopy

The Systems Microscopy Network of Excellence (NoE) (2011-2015) was a life science project spearheading a key enabling methodology based on live cell imaging for the development of next-generation systems biology. The project was funded under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union.

The multidisciplinary consortium joined 15 research groups spread over the whole of Europe and was coordinated from Karolinska Institutet. The project was launched 1 January 2011 and ran until the end of 2015. During the course of the project, the network furthered tools and strategies to make available to the wider research community, a new approach to the systems biology of the living cell.

NanoPhotonics for Energy Efficiency

The NanoPhotonics for Energy Efficiency Network of Excellence (2010-2015) focused on re-orienting nanophotonics research towards the challenges in energy efficient applications. The network clustered nanophotonic laboratories and research groups of 9 different institutions in 6 European countries with complimentary expertise, integrating more than 130 scientists, engineers, technicians and managers in nanophotonics.

The project focuses on:

  • Realising a strategy for successful integration: creation of new research community and a virtual laboratory network that will exist beyond the duration of this NoE;
  • Establishing joint research: foster collaborations among the leading groups in nanophotonics for energy efficiency, interchanging knowledge and best practices, and paving the way towards the establishment of common research agendas;
  • Spreading knowledge: specialised education and training in nanophotonics for energy, geared towards young researchers and technicians both from academia and industry, as well as dissemination towards the scientific community, industry, and the public in general.

Photonics for Life

As a Network of Excellence PHOTONICS4LIFE (2008-2012) gathered the human resources, the infrastructure, the capabilities, the expertise and knowledge of 13 top-research partners standing on the forefront in the field of Biophotonics research. All of these partners are from EC member states (10 different countries).

PHOTONICS4LIFE brought together partners to span across the value chain from photonic components to applications and from fundamental to applied research, while progressing on a single but broad theme: "Biophotonics".

PHOTONICS4LIFE targeted bridging the gap between different disciplines ranging from physics and chemistry via engineering to biology and medicine. Furthermore, the consortium linked the expertise of research institutes with SMEs and large companies in order to foster Biophotonics research and strengthen Europe’s economic competitiveness on the global Biophotonics market. Consequently, the network does not only focus on individual technological developments but also puts emphasis on the needs of the physician and patient.