President Xi reviews UK LiFi at China International Import Expo

UK LiFi photonics technology pioneered by Edinburgh based PureLiFi was centre stage at the China International Import Expo on 5 November 2018.  Using light for wireless communications with 1000X more bandwidth than conventional WiF, Chinese President Xi was shown the revolutionary British technology on the UK’s innovation pavilion by His Royal Highness The Duke of…

Continue reading

Photonics and the 2018 budget

Whilst the 2018 UK budget may not include any specific or direct support for photonics, there were significant announcements for industries heavily dependent on photonics including: £121m for Made Smarter supporting digital manufacturing £315m for the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund to support greater energy efficiency in manufacturing Both ‘made smarter’ and ‘energy transformation’ should open new pathways…

Continue reading

Photonics in the UK industry strategy challenge fund

ISCF Challenges (Waves 1 and 2) Faraday battery challenge From data to early diagnosis and precision medicine Healthy ageing Leading-edge healthcare Next-generation services Prospering from the energy revolution Quantum technologies Robots for a safer world Transforming construction Transforming food production Creative industries clusters Driverless cars Manufacturing and future materials National Satellite Test Facility The industry…

Continue reading

British and Irish Conference on Optics and Photonics

The IEEE UK and Ireland Photonics Society will hold the inaugural IEEE British and Irish Conference on Optics and Photonics (BICOP 2018) on 12-14 December 2018 at Royal Society London with presentations from industry and academia including IBM, BT, Dell, Microsoft, BT, Toshiba, Huawei, Senko, PureLifi, University of Cambridge, University of Southampton and the Fraunhofer Institute The conference will be opened by Carol Monaghan MP with the plenary…

Continue reading

Photonics Leadership Group adds Vice Chair-person and Treasurer

At the latest Photonics Leadership Group meeting at Photonex, Coventry on 10 October, the 30 senior representatives of the UK photonics industry present voted to create the positions of Vice-Chair person and Treasurer to the group. These additional voluntary positions representing the UK photonics industry, are being created in response to the significant increase in…

Continue reading

Contributions requested to sustain Photonics Leadership Group impact

The success of the Photonics Leadership Group was underlined at its latest meeting at Photonex, Coventry on 10 October.  With meetings now regularly attended by over 30 senior representatives from industry, academia and support agencies from a pool of over 60 the views of the group are increasingly sort to provide input into into policy…

Continue reading

Horizon 2020 photonics funding opportunites

Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network are hosting events on the 29th October in London and the 30th October in Glasgow to explore opportunities in the upcoming Horizon 2020 photonics funding calls on:- Photonics Manufacturing Pilot Lines for Photonic Components and Devices to provide open access to manufacturing of advanced photonics components and systems…

Continue reading

Photonics views on future trade agreements to Gov by Friday 26 Oct.

The Department for International Trade are soliciting views, especially from SMEs, on possible future UK trade agreements with USA, Australia New Zeeland and CPTPP (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam) by Friday 26 October at https://consultations.trade.gov.uk.  Key questions include:- What do you stand to gain from free trade…

Continue reading