The ORC is one of the world’s leading institutes for photonics research, based at the University of Southampton, UK. Formed in 1989 as an Interdisciplinary Research Centre, the ORC merges groups from Electronics and Computer Science, and Physics and Astronomy at the University. Led by some of the leading figures in the field of photonics, the ORC has contributed significantly to the remarkable growth of the photonics industry, including the optical telecommunication technology that underpins the internet, as well as many solutions in medicine, biosciences sensing, security and manufacturing.
The ORC fosters a strong culture of innovation, forging close industry links, which have resulted in a raft of spin-out companies, including Lumenisity. The ORC has excellent relationships with business and industry both in the UK and internationally, and provides support through joint research projects, consultancy, commercialisation of research, knowledge transfer and use of their facilities.