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

Photonic sensors – the missing link in autonomous vehicles

Photonic sensor will be the eyes, ears and nose of driverless vehicles. The thousands of miles driven by demonstration vehicles show the AI algorithms are ready for the streets, major investment is going into battery and motor technology to make the next generation of vehicles clean.  But driverless vehicles cannot leave the parking lot unless…

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The UK in full flow at Photonics West 2018

A record breaking Photonics West 2018 saw packed aisles and UK exhibitors thriving last week in San Francisco.  Significant interest in sensing for autonomous vehicles combined with lasers for manufacturing and virtual reality solutions to drive increasing numbers to the show with most exhibitors reporting heavy traffic. The support of the Department of International Trade and…

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Laser industry sees record 26% growth

2017 was a record breaking year for the global laser industry, growing by 26% to $4.3billion according to latest analysis by David Belforte at Industrial Laser solutions.  Fibre lasers (up 34%) and diode lasers (up 56%) were reported to be the hottest growth areas. The increasing importance of high power fibre lasers in modern manufacturing…

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