Innovate Emerging and Enabling competition to open 22 Jan

Innovate_UK latest Emerging and Enabling competition will open on 22 January.  Traditionally the home for many #photonics applications Emerging and Enabling will form strand 2 of a joint call with Health and Life Sciences (strand 1) sharing a budget of £19million.  Application deadline is 28 March 2018. Projects must show significant innovation in one of…

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UK restricts sale of unsafe laser pointers

New measures to be introduced in the UK include increased customs checks to ensure imported laser pointers meet laser emission safety standards- currently many of the lowest cost laser pointers available in online market places emit far more laser power than is necessary, or safe, for presentation applications and/or are incorrectly labelled as lower emitting…

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Opportunities for UK photonics in 2018 after 350 years of innovation

The Grand Challenges for UK photonics to be addressed in 2018 are highlighted by PLG Chief Executive, John Lincoln in the 50th anniversary edition of Electro-Optics discussing current and future industry trends. It has been 350 years since Sir Issac Newton developed the reflecting telescope in the UK and our capacity for applying photonics innovation…

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UK Networking and Pavilion Reception at Photonics West

The KTN and PLG has worked with Department for International Trade to support UK companies going to Photonics West in 2018.  The KTN have created a matchmaking tool specifically for the event which will allow UK companies to contact participating US companies, book meetings, make your outreach smoother and connect you with more buyers.  It’s…

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Innovate’s latest OPEN innovation competition opens

Rapidly following the opening of Innovates’ Future Manufacturing and Materials and Infrastructure competition opened on 28 November the latest Open competition opened on 11 December.  All technologies are in scope for this competition including those covered by Innovate’s priority areas of Infrastructure, Health and Life Sciences,  Manufacturing and Materials and Emerging and Enabling technologies. Competition…

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The Age of Light – vision paper from Photonics21

Europe’s Age of Light! How photonics will power growth and innovation vision paper from Photonics21 outlines the benefits photonics will deliver by 2030 including: Instant diagnosis of major diseases Quality food from farm to fork Accident and congestion-free road transport A truly circular economy A million new jobs across Europe (with >15% of the European…

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Next Photonics Leadership Group meeting 20 February

The next Photonics Leadership Group meeting will be on 20th Feb 2018 in central London.  If you would like to attend and have not been to previous meetings please contact us.  Previous contributors/ stakeholders will receive an email with details. The agenda will cover addressing the photonics grand challenges, sector deal developments and ISCF updates…

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Innovate Manufacturing, Materials and Infrastructure competition opens highly relevant to #photonics

Innovate have opened two new competitions in Future Manufacturing and Materials and Infrastructure. Previous Manufacturing and Materials competitions have attracted a high proportion of top quality proposals utilising and developing photonics.  “Projects should target opportunities for significant changes in productivity and …. increase material efficiency“. This competition scope focuses on:- developing more flexible and efficient…

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Nationwide input to the PLG

The UK photonics industry is distributed across the UK with key centres of activity in Northern Ireland, Scotland, the South West, South East, Midlands, Wales, North East and North West.  With global exporters often tucked away in small industry estates thought out the country, many people are unaware of the significant role UK photonics firms…

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