APPG Photonics and Quantum

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Welcome to the webpages of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Photonics. The Group was established in October 2016 to provide a forum for Parliamentarians to debate and exchange knowledge with UK industry on the current and future impact of the technologies of light -photonics.

The objective of the APPG is to “To raise awareness of the photonics industry, recognise the impact it makes on the UK economy and its potential for future economic growth.”

Covering optical fibre and lasers, to cameras and lighting, the APPG on Photonics and Quantum aims to raise awareness of the critical contribution these technologies make to manufacturing productivity, healthcare, connectivity and security and their enormous future potential.

This is not an official website [or feed] of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in these webpages are those of the group

Forthcoming Meetings and Events

Planned events
Challenges and pathways to scaling Photonics and Quantum Industries, including observations and Q&A from capital investors
Speakers: Nick Parsons, HUBER + SUHNER Polatis Ltd; Dr Owen Metters, Foresight Williams Technology Fund; Wenmiao Yu, Quantum Dice
17 June 2021,
13:00 – 14:00 hrs
For Zoom details,
please contact us.
Meet the Photonics, Quantum and Space Industry. Parliamentarian visit and tour of Photonex29 September, Glasgow
Innovation Strategy and its impact on the Photonics and Quantum industryNov 2021, Westminster
Meet the Quantum Pioneers. Parliamentarian visit and tour of the Quantum Showcase5 Nov 2021, Islington
Showcasing the Photonics and Quantum industryFeb 2022, Westminster
Horizon Europe funding 1-year on: is it working for UK photonics and quantum” + APPG AGMApril 2022, Westminster
Supporting the UK lead in sensing, measurement and metrologyJune 2022 (TBC), Westminster

The Group’s activities are supported by a range of photonics manufacturing and research organisations including the Photonics Leadership Group (PLG).

Past Meetings and Events

AGM, 15 April 2021Annual General Meeting APPG on Photonics and Quantum Minutes
Reconstitution Meeting,
21 January 2020
Reconstitution following the recent General Election
Photonics Showcase,
3 July 2019
Terrace Dining Room A, Westminster
AGM 23 April 2019,Annual General Meeting APPG on Photonics Minutes 23 April 2019
Roundtable 20 March 2018Sensors – the missing link in safe affordable Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles
4 July 2017 Reconstitution Meeting
25 January 2017
Westminster Hall Debate
Westminster Hall debate regarding photonics
Launch Meeting
21 February 2017, .
Featuring demonstrations of UK manufactured photonics products for applications in aerospace, defence, healthcare, communications, lighting and energy

All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in these webpages are those of the group.