Photonics Enabling Productivity Throughout the UK

UK Photonics

UK Photonics

A £13.5bn industry employing over 69,000 people in the UK

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Who are the PLG?

Who are the PLG?

The PLG is a voluntary collective of photonics industry and academic leaders

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Future Challenges

Future Challenges

Four key challanges that will be address by photonics innovation

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The Road to 2.4 per cent

The PLG welcomes a new report from the King’s College London’s Policy Institute by David Willetts, former Minister of State for Universities and Science on “The Road to 2.4%” -the target for the fraction of GDP invested in science and research . The report makes a clear case for increasing support for enabing technologies (such…

Photonics features strongly at the 2019 IOP annual awards

The Institute of Physics 2019 awards presented on 18 November recognised outstanding contributions in many areas of photonics including: Professor Donna Stickland, University of Waterloo- Honary Fellowship for her pioneering method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses. Matoha Instrumentation – Business Start-Up Award for the development of a low-cost small-scale infrared materials identification and analysis…

Commercialising quantum technologies- round 2

The latest competition from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) commercialising quantum technologies challenge will award up to £30million to industry led projects addressing technological barriers to the commercial exploitation of quantum technologies. Projects should exploit second generation quantum techniques (superposition) in one or more of the challenge areas of: Connectivity Situation awareness Quantum computing…

Last chance to respond to consultation on post-ECSEL partnership

The European Commission has opened a public consultation on the 12 proposed Institutionalised European Partnerships under the future Horizon Europe Research and Innovation programme (2021-2027). In particular, the consultation focuses on the overall need for and the planned focus of these potential European Partnerships. This will include Key Digital Technologies and integrated photonics may fall…

New UK research agency and uplift in RandD funding in Queens speech

The Queen’s Speech contained important new announcements on research and innovation funding. Extracted from ‘THE QUEEN’S SPEECH AND ASSOCIATED BACKGROUND BRIEFING, ON THE OCCASION OF THE OPENING OF PARLIAMENT ON MONDAY 14 OCTOBER 2019′. Science, space and infrastructure “My Government is committed to establishing the United Kingdom as a world-leader in scientific capability and space…

Showcasing Physical Sciences Impact

EPSRC is hosting an event on 6 December 2019, sponsored by the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry, to celebrate the significant and wide-ranging impacts that arise from the breadth of physical sciences research: from the fundamental to the applied. Expressions of interest by 20 September are invited from those who would…