Laser Chirped Pulse Amplification Inventors Win Physics Nobel Prize

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics has been award for tools made of light and ground breaking inventions in laser physics to Dr Arthur Ashkin for optical tweezer and application to biological systems and to Dr Donna Strickland and Dr Gerard Mourou, for chirped pulsed laser amplification.  Dr Stickland is only the third women to…

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Latest photonics technology tested in hazardous chemical detection trials

The latest photonic tools for remote detection of hazardous chemical and biological materials have been integrated into robots and unmanned aerial vehicles and successfully field tested by DSTL scientists, the military, police and fire services.  The culmination of Project Minerva supported four UK teams were to develop concept systems into field testable demonstration systems over…

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Photonics highlighted as a major UK Strength

Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive, UK Research and Innovation highlights the strength of UK photonics in oral evidence to the Westminster Science and Technology Select Committee in the final session of its inquiry into quantum technologies “Photonics is a Major Strength…it is an area we are already very good at…where if you look more broadly…

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PLG meeting 10 October at Photonex

As regular contributors should be aware the next Photonics Leadership Group meeting will be 10 October alongside Photonex, in Coventry. If you are attending please also register for the Photonex exhibition

H2020- UK Participation update

Government has updated it guidance and information for UK organisations participating in Horizon 2020 proposals and projects in the run up to Brexit in the 23 August update to is policy paper “UK participation in Horizon 2020: UK government overview“.

Photonics21 Board of Stakeholder election

The annual election to the Photonics21 Board of Stakeholders  will take place on 22 October . Register as a candidate by 21 September.  There are 38 seats open for election this time, over 1/3 of the entire Board of Stakeholders.  Whilst some familiar faces will be up for re-election we also encourage high quality applications…

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Innovate Open Competition Round 2 Briefing 25 July

A competition briefing and networking event on Round 2 of the Open Grant Funding Competition, 25 July Cardiff. The second round of the all Open competition era with the opportunity to apply for a share of up to £20 million to deliver game changing or disruptive innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK…

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Health of Photonics Report

The Institute of Physics Health of Photonics report captures the outcome of in-depth roadmapping sessions with the photonics community highlighting the underpinning physics in photonics, providing detail examples of photonics impact and identifies photonics enablers and potential solution that will impact on the industrial grand challenges. Providing a concise description of future opportunities the IOP…

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EPSRC strategic advisory team vacancies

EPSRC is seeking applications from respected industrialists, academics, users of research and individuals  to join EPSRC’s Strategic Advisory Bodies. Strategic Advisory Teams of up to 16 members, provide Heads of Theme at EPSRC with strategic advice to help develop their theme, meeting at least 2x a year. The deadline for application 1 August 2018. https://epsrc.ukri.org/about/governance/recruitment/membershipsab/ There are vacancies…

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Carol Monaghan, MP, Photonics APPG Chair receives OSA award

The Optical Society has awarded Carol Monaghan, MP it’s 2018 Advocate of Optics for her “public policy leadership and efforts in support of the advancement of the science of light” as chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Photonics which is supported by the Photonics Leadership Group. Carol continues to champion science and education…

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