Become an Industrial Partner

Join us in our world leading research

Register to join our network and we will keep you informed of upcoming collaborative opportunities and ways in which you can interact with the Centre.

Collaboration with industry is a key to the pioneering work of the Centre. We welcome new partnerships with organisations both in the UK and worldwide. This includes industry leaders, start-ups, public bodies and other research and educational groups with a similar focus to the Centre.

We offer partners the following benefits:

  • Access to UCL and University of Cambridge researchers and students via project collaborations, working groups, workshops, Industry Day and other events.
  • Opportunities to recruit some of the most talented, newly qualified researchers in the field of photonics.
  • Invitations to provide guest lectures and seminar presentations.
  • Exposure to new and emerging areas of research at UCL and University of Cambridge, IP licensing and joint ventures.
  • Opportunity to be on our Advisory Board and directly shape our doctoral training programme.

Ways to collaborate

Research projects for MRes and PhD students

Our strong links with industry and the prospect of industry linked projects, allows our doctoral training programme to attract the highest calibre of students. For an industry-based research project students would typically work on industrially focused project based at the university or be placed at the sponsor location for 3-6 months whilst completing a research project on secondment.

To propose an industry-based research project complete a Project Proposal Form.

Read more on our Projects page. 

Sponsored studentships

PhD students can be engaged in industry focused research projects either fully-funded or part funded (EPSRC CASE awards) by industry.

Guest Lectures and Seminars

We invite industry representatives to come and speak to our students about current research areas and career opportunities.

Sponsored Research

Sponsoring research allows our industrial partners to gain access to the world leading expertise and facilities available at UCL and University of Cambridge for projects that range from short term investigations to longer term fundamental research. 


Our academics are experts in an array of fields. They are an excellent resource for consultancy services in areas such as: technology strategy, technology assessment, advanced development of technologies and many others.

To find out more about industry partnerships contact: Dr Chin-Pang Liu, email: