The PHOTONET International Research Network (IRN) is a Chinese-French network in the area of photonics supported by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).

The objective of the IRN PHOTONET is to support and develop collaborations between Chinese and French groups and also to initiate new partnerships. The network encourages mobility of researchers and students, joint research contractual projects (ANR, NSFC, etc.), organizes annual workshops and provides visibility to the collaborations. 

The 15 Chinese and French partners involved in the network are developing collaborations in three research axes: