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UK to join Horizon Europe as associate member

The Photonics Leadership Group welcomes finalisation of the post Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK. The full agreement and accompanying annexes includes a number of measures welcomed by the photonics industry including:- The UK will be full associate members of the next Horizon Europe collaborative research and development funding framework…

Photonics West, confirmed as going fully virtual

SPIE have confirmed its first five meetings of 2021 including Photonics West will run as fully remote participation digital meetings. The remote Photonics West will remain at the rearranged dates of 6-11 March 2021. In addition to the remote accessible conference presentations, Photonics West 2021 ‘will also feature a Digital Marketplace with product demos showcasing…

UK Photonics Resilience Continues into the Autumn

The latest analysis of the PLG’s autumn survey of the impact of Covid-19 on photonics and acoustics industries shows UK photonics continues to be highly resilient with 93% of companies operating at,or above 75% of pre-Covid-19 capacity, with 16% operating at above March 2020 levels. Whilst some companies identify some continuing difficulties in the supply…

National Security and Investment Bill introduced to Parliament with major potential impact on UK Photonics

Significant changes have been incorporated in the new National Security and Investment Bill that was introduced to Parliament on 11 Nov 2020.   The Bill now proposes mandatory notification to government of transactions in sensitive sectors, essentially effective from 12 November 2020 The list of sensitive sectors has been expanded to include advanced materials including “photonics…

Connecting the UK -Made in the UK

The PLG is currently working with the UK photonics community and the UK Fibre Connectivity Forum to draft a recommended strategy for significantly increasing supply of UK optical communications hardware and a vision giving the UK a lead in next generation low-carbon communications capability. UPDATE – a 1 page briefing summary of the recommended Connecting…

Funding and the Innovation Ecosystem

With the UK government focusing on science and technology as a driver of the Covid recovery and future growth, a new UK Research and Development Roadmap and Brexit , rarely have there been so many drivers of change in the UK innovation system. In conjunction with Photonex, the PLG is pleased to be able to…