The Institute of Photonic Sciences


Center of Excellence in STORM
History

The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) is an independent, non-profit, permanent research center established by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia, Spain) and by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
Fundation Cellex  Barcelona and Foundation Mir-Puig joined later ICFO’s Board of Trustees and support ICFO’s research activities including advanced microscopy and nanoscopy and biophotonics at large.

Located at the Mediterranean Technology Park, on the outskirts of Barcelona, ICFO was launched in March 2002, with the mission to conduct wide-ranging basic and applied advanced research in several branches of the sciences and technologies of light at the highest international level.

ICFO conducts cutting-edge, wide-ranging research – from telecommunications and information technologies to biotechnology, and including remote sensing, quantum information and industrial photonics.

Research programs at ICFO target the forefront of science and technology based on light, aiming at providing new understanding, new solutions and new tools to tackle major challenges faced by industrial progress and by society at large.


Healthcare research is targeted by an increasing number of unique techniques for advanced imaging and probing, early diagnosis and new therapies, including revolutionary nano-medicine concepts and minimally invasive tools.


Advance microscopy and biomedical research are major research thrusts at the institute.

The annual ‘Light for Health’ conference attracts a multidisciplinary audience from hospitals, healthcare centers, biomedical research centers, universities and companies in an exchange of knowledge and experience that aims to ignite new research collaborations among all the relevant stakeholders.