UK Photonics in Horizon 2020

In a report released recently by the European Technology Platform Photonics 21, the UK received the second highest funding from the European Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program in projects related to photonics. 494 organisations received 240M€ to carry out market focused research and innovation. At least 50% of participants of photonics related projects under…

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Summer Placements 2019

If you are interested in improving your recruitment pipeline consider hosting a Physics student for a workplace placement in 2019.  The South East Physics Network are now seeking placement projects for Summer2019 for both undergraduate and PhD physicist.  Any organisation interested in recruiting physics graduates can submit and register a project. With student demand normally…

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Photonics innovation big winners in Defence Growth Partnership

Light and laser based solutions for situational awareness were significant winners in the MOD and Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) Innovation Challenge announced by Defence Minister Stuart Andrew at the Institute of Engineering and Technology on 12 November 2018. QinetiQ’s Software Defined Multifunction LIDAR (laser radar) system will provide a range of capabilities including 3D imaging,…

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Prototype Your Idea competition now open

The Photonics21 Prototype Your Idea contest is back, bigger and better! This is a great opportunity to get photonic product ideas off the drawing board and into reality. Especially useful for PhD/postdocs etc, but open to innovators in the private sector too. Details on the Photonics21 web site: https://www.photonics21.org/2018/participate-in-the-%23next_photonics.-prototype-your-idea-contest-2019%21

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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