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British and Irish Conference on Optics and Photonics opens Wednesday

The second edition of BICOP opens on Wednesday highlighting advances in Optical and Quantum communications along with Lasers, Interconnects, Sensors and Photonics manufacturing. Prof. Sir David Payne and Prof. Sir Peter Knight, will deliver the keynote addresses on Wednesday and Thursday with the latest insights on ‘Devices, Datacom and Data’ and ‘Progress with Photonics-enabled Quantum…

The Road to 2.4 per cent

The PLG welcomes a new report from the King’s College London’s Policy Institute by David Willetts, former Minister of State for Universities and Science on “The Road to 2.4%” -the target for the fraction of GDP invested in science and research . The report makes a clear case for increasing support for enabing technologies (such…

Photonics features strongly at the 2019 IOP annual awards

The Institute of Physics 2019 awards presented on 18 November recognised outstanding contributions in many areas of photonics including: Professor Donna Stickland, University of Waterloo- Honary Fellowship for her pioneering method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses. Matoha Instrumentation – Business Start-Up Award for the development of a low-cost small-scale infrared materials identification and analysis…

Last chance to respond to consultation on post-ECSEL partnership

The European Commission has opened a public consultation on the 12 proposed Institutionalised European Partnerships under the future Horizon Europe Research and Innovation programme (2021-2027). In particular, the consultation focuses on the overall need for and the planned focus of these potential European Partnerships. This will include Key Digital Technologies and integrated photonics may fall…

New UK research agency and uplift in RandD funding in Queens speech

The Queen’s Speech contained important new announcements on research and innovation funding. Extracted from ‘THE QUEEN’S SPEECH AND ASSOCIATED BACKGROUND BRIEFING, ON THE OCCASION OF THE OPENING OF PARLIAMENT ON MONDAY 14 OCTOBER 2019′. Science, space and infrastructure “My Government is committed to establishing the United Kingdom as a world-leader in scientific capability and space…

UK Photonics companies are larger than average

Or more correctly there are relatively more larger companies in photonics than standard in manufacturing. On going analysis of the UK photonics industry shows that the fraction of UK photonics operations which are small, medium or large by employment is significantly higher than in UK engineering or manufacturing sectors*. Only 50% of photonics operations employ…