ICFO - The Institute of Photonic Sciences (www.icfo.eu) was created in 2002 by the regional government of Catalonia and the Technical University of Catalonia. The Institute was launched with the mission to become a world-leading research center in Photonics. ICFO currently hosts more than 250 researchers organized in 22 research groups working in 60 state-of-the-art research laboratories, equipped with the latest experimental facilities and supported by a range of cutting-edge facilities for nanofabrication, characterization, imaging and engineering. The Institute is located in a specially designed, 14.000 m2-building situated in the Mediterranean Technology Park in the metropolitan area of Barcelona. ICFO currently hosts 11 ICREA Research professors, 10 European Research Council projects and 6 Fundació Cellex Barcelona Nest Fellows. ICFO researchers are recipients of many international high-profile science awards. ICFO researchers have already published some 1000 papers in the top topical journals and more than 30 papers by ICFO researchers have been published in journals of the Nature & Science groups during the last few years.