Carol Monaghan, MP, Photonics APPG Chair receives OSA award

The Optical Society has awarded Carol Monaghan, MP it’s 2018 Advocate of Optics for her “public policy leadership and efforts in support of the advancement of the science of light” as chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Photonics which is supported by the Photonics Leadership Group. Carol continues to champion science and education…

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UK photonics – the £12.9Bn hidden economy

Detailing the impact of photonics on the UK economy the “UK Photonics: The Hidden Economic Engine”  joint report by the Photonics Leadership Group, Knowledge transfer Network and the Future Photonics Hub outlines how the industry contributes £12.9Bn to the economy per year. Expanding on figures reported in 2017, the report compares UK photonics to other…

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Next PLG Meeting

The next PLG meeting scheduled for 24 May to be held jointly with the Sensor Industry Leadership Committee has been moved to later, as yet to be confirmed date, due to lack of availability of a suitable venue.  Members will be notified of the revised data as soon as a venue has been confirmed.

London Institute for Advanced Light Technologies to launch 9 May

The London Institute for Advanced Light Technologies, a multidisciplinary research network bringing together scientists and industries in London working on emerging photonic technologies, will launch at King’s College London on the 9th May 2018 with a combination of public exhibition and key note talks:- 1300-1600  King’s Anatomy Museum: Light Experiments and Light Art – This…

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Photonics and sensor showcases in London and Glasgow

The latest emerging photonics, sensors and imaging technologies will be showcased at two events in London in May in the run up to the International Day of Light on 16 May. Photonics and Imaging – 1 May, London: Sensors – 3 May, Glasgow: Organised by the emerging technologies team at the Knowledge Transfer Network, contact Ali…

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Photonics Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summer School

St Andrews will host the biennial  Summer School in Photonics Innovation and Entrepreneurship from 16-22 June 2018.  Organised by EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics in collaboration with the Scottish Universities Summer Schools in Physics. The summer school is open to industrial and academic early-career researchers and PhD students working in photonics and…

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National Security and Infrastructure Investment Legislation

Government have published their response to the National Security and Infrastructure Investment Review Green Paper consultation. An order has now be put to Parliament that will give the government power to intervene and examine M&A and foreign direct investment in businesses with >£1 million turnover and remove the current requirement for a merger to increase…

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PLG welcomes Innovate call to identify key challenges faced by industry for ISCF wave 3

In the first call from UKRI , the new body combining the Research Councils and Innovate_UK expressions of interest have been invited on the main challenges faced by industry where intervention will make a significant impact on the grand challenges identified in the 2017 industry strategy. The PLG welcomes this open call from UKRI which…

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IOP business awards 2018 now open

The Institute of Physics business awards 2018 are now open for entries.  Recognising the contribution physics and physicists make to industry across all sectors with categories for innovative companies, start-ups and individuals. Photonics is always well represented in the awards which providing a unique  opportunity for recognising the impact of Physics based innovation in the…

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30 of top influencers in UK photonics at packed PLG meeting

30 of UK’s top photonics industry and academic leaders were joined by representatives from BEIS, Innovate, the KTN and Carol Monaghan, MP to hear and debate latest challenges and opportunities for UK photonics. Kindly hosted by IP firm Keltie, PLG stakeholders also received insights on the UK patent landscape around autonomous vehicle sensing and LIDAR