Welcome to the website of the PROPHET Initial Training Network

Please note, the PROPHET ITN successfully concluded in September 2015. Consequently, information on this website may no longer be up-to-date.

Congratulations to all the PROPHET graduates, and thank you for making the network such a success. We wish you all the best of luck in your future careers!


Photonics, the generation and manipulation of light, is an important enabling technology for a diverse range of application areas; in 2006, the photonics industry in Europe accounted for revenues of €49 billion. PROPHET (Postgraduate Research on Photonics as an Enabling Technology) is an Initial Training Network funded by the EU Framework Programme 7 Marie Curie Actions, which aims to train the next generation of photonics researchers in the full range of skills required for a multi-disciplinary, industry-focused career in photonics.

The PROPHET network brings together a carefully-chosen, well-balanced consortium of 9 academic partners, 4 industry partners and 2 associated partners, with European and worldwide reputations as leaders in their fields. The network will train a cohort of 14 early stage researchers and 5 young experienced researchers in the full gamut of skills required for a career in photonics, including materials growth, device fabrication, characterisation, design, theory, and commercialisation.

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These skills will be applied in four application areas; mode-locked lasers for Communications Applications, solar cells for Energy Applications, gas sensing for Environment Applications, and fast tunable laser sources for OCT in Life Science Applications. Each researcher will experience both academic and commercial environments thanks to the strong industrial involvement, resulting in multi-skilled, industry-focused graduates. The network funds 14 PhD and 5 postdoctoral positions, with the prestige and attractive financial package that comes with being a Marie Curie Fellow. See the Project Overview page for more.


PROPHET Conference, Cork, Ireland, 26th – 27th June, 2014


Participants at the PROPHET Conference, pictured on the waterfront in Cobh.

The PROPHET Conference, “Photonics as an Enabling Technology”, was held in the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork, Ireland from the 26th – 27th June, 2014. The conference acted as a showcase of the PROPHET research and activities, and included sessions on each of the four themes of PROPHET: Photonics Enabling Communications Applications, Photonics Enabling Energy Applications, Photonics Enabling Environment Applications and Photonics Enabling Life Science Applications.


Each session included a combined talk from the PROPHET Fellows giving an overview of their work on the topic, as well as an invited speaker talk from a high-profile scientist. These invite speakers included: Prof. Liam Barry from Dublin City University, Ireland, who spoke on “Generation, Characterization and Applications of Optical Frequency Combs for Multicarrier Optical Transmission Systems”; Prof. Miro Zeman from TU Delft, Netherlands, on “Photonics for Improved Solar Energy Conversion in Silicon Solar Cells”; Dr. Emanuele Pelucchi from Tyndall National Institute, Ireland, on “What do we really know about epitaxial growth? MOVPE processes, fundamental aspects and device applications”; and Prof. Robert Zawadzki from UC Davis, USA on “Progress on small animal retinal imaging”. The conference was opened by Dr. Niall Smith, Head of Research at Cork Institute of Technology, and Prof. Eoin O’Reilly, Chief Scientist at the Tyndall National Institute gave a keynote speach on “Photonics at Tyndall”. The full agenda is available here.

The conference excursion and dinner brought attendees to the Titanic Experience in the port town of Cobh, just outside Cork city. Cobh, then named Queenstown, was the last port the liner Titanic stopped at before embarking on her fateful journey across the Atlanic. The Titanic Experience in Cobh is a visitor’s centre located in the original offices of The White Star Line, where the last 123 passengers boarded. Visitors experience the Titanic story through innovative audio visual technology, cinematic shows, scene sets, holographic imagery and touch screen technology.

The conference also included a Public Outreach Event, where members of the general public were invited to discover how photonics was making a difference to their lives, and to meet the researchers working to harness the power of light. The free event consisted of four stands, one for each of the themes in PROPHET, manned by the PROPHET Fellows. A video monitor showed a short slideshow, and there were various demos and examples of the equipment and devices used. One stand even offered the chance to win a solar lamp.

In honour of the occasion, the leader of the Energy Applications work package, Prof. Lucio Andreani, composed a short poem describing PROPHET, entitled “Fun in the Sun”; download it here.

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For previous PROPHET events, see the Archived News page.


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