Feedback from the Nice-Singapore workshop dedicated to optics and photonics

On June 18 and 19, 2018, a Nice-Singapore workshop on nano-photonics, quantum optics and non-linear optics was held at the Saint-Paul in Nice to identify possible collaborations between scientific institutions of both cities.

This event was funded by Université Côte d'Azur * (UCA), the CNRS, the Nice Institute of Physics (INPHYNI) and the UMI MajuLab (, a Singapore-based international joint unit of which the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis is a signatory institution. The purpose of the workshop was to identify the common scientific interests between Nice and Singapore in the fields of optics and photonics in order to develop a collaborative strategy between UCA and the UMI partner institutions in Singapore, the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the National University of Singapore (NUS), and in France, the CNRS and Sorbonne University (SU).

 The workshop, opened by Mr. Jean-Marc Gambaudo, President of UCA, formalized the launch of the MajuLab mirror site at UCA. This collaborative structure, coordinated by Massimo Giudici, Professor at INPHYNI, in liaison with Christian Miniatura, Research Director at the CNRS and Director of MajuLab, will promote and facilitate the exchange of researchers and students between UCA and Singapore.

 A delegation of eight Singaporean researchers affiliated to NUS, NTU and A * Star (Agency for Science, Technology and Research) went to the workshop as well as French researchers strongly involved in the themes of the workshop and likely to participate in collaborations with Singapore laboratories. Some thirty UCA researchers, including INPHYNI and CRHEA (Center for Research on Heteroepitaxy and its Applications), participated in the event.

 Guest speakers gave an overview of their scientific activities and technological know-how. These presentations were followed by a panel discussion to discuss potential scientific collaborations between UCA and Singapore researchers on the topics of quantum technologies, nano-photonics and laser sources as well as appropriate funding strategies. The workshop ended with a visit to the facilities of INPHYNI and CRHEA. A second Nice-Singapore workshop will be organized in 2019 in Singapore.

* The organization of this workshop has been supported by the French government, managed by the National Research Agency under the project Investissements d'Avenir UCA-JEDI with the reference number ANR-15-IDEX-01.

the partners of this workshop were Université Côte d'Azur, CNRS, Sorbonne Université, National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, UCA-JEDI


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