AILU Membership

Research Organisation

Academic and other research institutions can benefit from the feedback and networking opportunities that membership of AILU provides. Key benefits of membership to research organisations include:

The Laser User Magazine

The Laser User, first published in 1995, is a quarterly publication. It has attracted the highest praise from the UK and international laser community, is distributed only to members and is generally regarded as one of the key benefits of membership. The Laser User addresses all general aspects of laser processing and machine technology; it is packed with useful information and stimulating discussion for both the novice and experienced user and aims to keep the reader up to date with developments and to provide a clear, balanced approach to the subject material, not favouring a particular supplier or technology An extensive ‘expert comment’ section is provided to help broaden the scope of the technical articles and to present a balanced view of the material, It is widely circulated and well read within Corporate Member companies. It has a hard copy circulation of over 400, mainly to member and since 2010 as an electronic version with a growing on-line readership. The growing library of articles from past issues, fully categorised, is available for members to download.

AILU’s monthly e-newsletter provides a useful update on news, events, summaries of magazine articles, and notice of up and coming events.


Members enjoy a discount to attend workshops and to exhibit at these events. During the planning stage members receive advanced notice and may submit suggestions for speakers, venues and subjects that they would like to hear Workshops are a great opportunity to network, to be introduced to new developments and to present ones own products and services.

Products and Services Directory

As a supplier, Corporate members (only) will be listed (free of charge) in all appropriate categories of the Products & Services (P&S) Directory. Research organisations can be listed under several headings in the ‘services’ section.

Member Directories

Members have free entry to the individual and (for corporate members only) corporate members directories, providing a valuable reference source for member networking and links with research organisations, suppliers and consultants. The members’ directory provides contact details and background information on all members.

Links with funding bodies

AILU is kept abreast of UK funding initiatives through its close links with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). At the European level, the Association is made aware of funding opportunities through its members active within in Photonics21 (the European Technology Platform for photonics) and its status as a supporting association of EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium).

AILU is among the largest and most active European laser materials processing associations, and thereby it can have a direct influence on funding bodies in the areas of laser technology and applications. The Association can also: Assist organisations find partners for collaborative projects in the area of laser materials processing; provide letters of support; and, during and at the end of a project, provide an important route for dissemination.


AILU members automatically qualify for access to the Technical Forum, through which they can make contact with visitors to the AILU web site who have posed technical or business questions. In addition, members of special interest groups have their own forums, through which they can pose questions and discuss items of common interest.

Product and Process Innovation

The PPI Special Interest Group within AILU, to which all who work in research have automatic membership, provides valuable networking opportunities and opportunities to learn about research initiatives and to take part in strategic planning for the laser materials processing sector.

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