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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…

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…

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…

Photonics Leadership Group adds Vice Chair-person and Treasurer

At the latest Photonics Leadership Group meeting at Photonex, Coventry on 10 October, the 30 senior representatives of the UK photonics industry present voted to create the positions of Vice-Chair person and Treasurer to the group. These additional voluntary positions representing the UK photonics industry, are being created in response to the significant increase in…

Photonics views on future trade agreements to Gov by Friday 26 Oct.

The Department for International Trade are soliciting views, especially from SMEs, on possible future UK trade agreements with USA, Australia New Zeeland and CPTPP (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam) by Friday 26 October at https://consultations.trade.gov.uk.  Key questions include:- What do you stand to gain from free trade…