Light provides tools and techniques essential to fundamental scientific investigations, from understanding material structures at the nanoscale to probing the human brain.


It is also the basis of a wide range of technologies central to our everyday lives, including solar panels for energy conversion, optical fibre communications for the internet, flat-panel displays for television, laser machining tools for industrial manufacturing, and sensing and surgical systems for medical applications. Light-based technologies are thus crucial for our health and wellbeing, our safety and security, our prosperity and our connectedness.

We promote and celebrate research excellence broadly across light-based science and technology, including the study of the eye and the visual system. This spans fundamental light-matter interactions, through colour science, to technological applications. Throughout, we seek to support both the discipline itself and career development, aspiration and achievement at all levels: from students and trainees through early-career researchers to senior professionals.