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Associations, Federations and Special Interest Groups

Aware of the importance of international cooperation for the advancement of science, INSTICC works closely together with several other national and international associations and is proud to welcome them as partners in its activities or to arrange initiatives in cooperation with them.

While several forms of partnership are welcome, INSTICC places special value in "Technical Co-Sponsorships", by means of which both associations support each other from a scientific perspective for their mutual benefit. Additionally, in this case, members of partner organizations benefit from the same registration conditions as INSTICC members.

Current Institutional Partners:

Portuguese Physical Society


Sociedade Portuguesa Interdisciplinar do Laser Medico

The SPILM wants to remain a reference in training medical laser and inform of potential laser applications in clinical diagnostic and therapeutic. Their mission is to develop scientific-technological research, training and disclosure of laser sources, optical or other sources of light, as well as the dialogue industrial and technical, towards the development of new equipment of medical interest.


Sociedade Portuguesa de Materiais

The Portuguese Society of Materials (SPM) was started in 1981 and is a body for materials scientists and engineers, working for the materials community in Portugal, to promote and develop Materials Science and Engineering. SPM members include researchers, professors, students and also Research Laboratories, Materials Departments at Universities and Industrial Companies.



Photonics21 is a voluntary association of industrial enterprises and other stakeholders in the field of photonics in Europe. It unites the majority of the leading Photonics industries and relevant R&D stakeholders along the whole economic value chain throughout Europe. Its mission is the coordination of the research and development activities in Europe among all the contributing partners from education, basic research, applied research and development to manufacturing and all relevant applications.


E-MRS - European Materials Research Society

Founded in 1983, the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) now has more than 3,200 members from industry, government, academia and research laboratories, who meet regularly to debate recent technological developments of functional materials.


European Optical Society

The purpose of the society is to contribute to progress in optics and related sciences, and to promote their applications at the European and international levels, by bringing together individuals and legal entities involved in these disciplines and their applications. The European Optical Society (EOS) serves as the joint forum for all individuals, companies, organisations, educational institutions, and learned and professional societies, who recognise the opportunity and challenge that a common European base provides for the development of optics in its broadest sense.


Sociedade Anatomica Portuguesa


FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

The mission of FCT consists in continuously promoting the advancement of scientific and technological knowledge in Portugal, exploring opportunities that become available in any scientific or technological domain to attain the highest international standards in the creation of knowledge, and to stimulate their diffusion and contribution to improve education, health, environment, and the quality of life and well being of the general public.


European Physical Society

The European Physical Society (EPS) is a not for profit association whose members include 42 National Physical Societies in Europe, individuals from all fields of physics, and European research institutions.
As a learned society, the EPS engages in activities that strengthen ties among the physicists in Europe. As a federation of National Physical Societies, the EPS studies issues of concern to all European countries relating to physics research, science policy and education.


Sociedad Española de Láser Médico Quirúrgico

The Spanish Society of Medical Surgical Laser is a scientific association that promotes, for the public benefit, the application of laser technology in medicine, through:
• Researching on technology and its medical application, publishing the results through the S.E.L.M.Q. Journal
• Establishing protocols in the different medical application of lasers.
• Promoting the study, dissemination and training for proper use of medical lasers and its auxiliary disciplines, in particular the teaching, the information and the theoretical and practical scientific assistance.
• Promoting the cooperation and understanding between the clinical and scientific disciplines.
• Organizing congresses, seminars, courses, conferences and research sessions, both national and international.
• Editing publications of technical nature.


Workflow Management Coalition

Founded in 1993, the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) is a global organization of adopters, developers, consultants, analysts, as well as university and research groups engaged in workflow and BPM.  The WfMC creates and contributes to process related standards, educates the market on related issues, and is the only standards organization that concentrates purely on process.  The WfMC created Wf-XML and XPDL, the leading process definition language used today in over 80 known solutions to store and exchange process models. XPDL is a process design format for storing the visual diagram and all design time attributes.


The Optical Society

Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional association in optics and photonics, home to accomplished science, engineering, and business leaders from all over the world. Through world-renowned publications, meetings, and membership programs, OSA provides quality information and inspiring interactions that power achievements in the science of light.