The campus of Bordeaux concentrates a rich environment of research units and recognized scientific expertise in laser and photonics, making it one of the leading French academic location in this field of study.

One of the top European engineering school in optics, the IOGS, is also located in Bordeaux, as well as state-of-the-art research infrastructures, such as the Bordeaux Imaging Center or the Laser MégaJoule in the CEA CESTA, and a local industrial network of more than 200 innovative firms.

The field of “Photonics” has been selected as one of the six European Key Enabling Technologies, due to its capacity to address some of the greatest revolutions of the 21st century. Photonics is an accelerator for different domains such as advanced manufacturing, ICT, energy, healthcare, security and environmental protection. This growing industry will reach a market of some €615 billion in 2020 but also requires a very high intensity of R&D.

In the Aquitaine Region, the installation of the €7B Laser MégaJoule infrastructure at CEA-CESTA was the driving force for the development of a vibrant industrial network. Its competitiveness cluster “Route des Lasers” gathers now more than 200 companies and 10 000 jobs, including a world leader for ultrafast lasers, Amplitude Systems.


Updated on 14/10/2020


Light Sciences and Technologies Graduate Program
Université de Bordeaux

Institut d’Optique d’Aquitaine
Rue François Mitterrand
33405 Talence - France