The Materials for Advanced Photonics and Sensing (MAPS) group at Politecnico di Torino focuses on the development of innovative materials for photonics and sensing in the form of thin films, bulk or fiber optics. Its main core has been traditionally the development of rare earth glasses and fiber optics for laser and optical amplifiers, and recently the research topics expanded to the applications of photonics materials and sensing. In such a way, MAPS group can cover the value chain from the material to the first demonstrator of a photonic device/sensor, fostering collaborations with many universities and companies oriented towards multidisciplinary applied research and technology.