Institute of Photonics combines all research and education in optics and photonics at the University of Eastern Finland. It provides a unique combination of expertize and facilities on photonics including, e.g., electron beam lithography and nano imprint lithography. Research consists of various topics from fundamental properties of light to large scale fabrication of optical nanostructures. Strong theoretical background combined with applied research covers areas like coherence theory, micro and nano photonics, biophotonics and optical materials research. The institute has also close collaboration with industry in Finland and abroad. International MSc and PhD programmes in English are offered to Finnish and foreign students.