Innovative Photonics in Wales Conference
Dr Michael Shakib
10 March 2020
On March 5th, 2020 members of the METaL Project team travelled to North Wales to attend the Welsh Opto-Electronics Forum's Innovative Photonics in Wales Conference, together with CPE, SPARC II and ASTUTE 2020. The event was held an event at the OpTIC Centre in St Asaph.
The subject known as photonics concerns areas such as, optics, optoelectronics, photovoltaics, laser technology along with other various applications.
The photonics marketplace is currently evolving with new products and technologies and novel applications are being introduced on a regular basis. The event brought together a broad range of research organisations, industrial collaborators, SMEs and universities, demonstrating the growth of this sector in Wales, while also recognising the challenges going forward.
Following a welcome to all in attendance and an overview of the agenda, an interesting case study concerning industrial collaboration was discussed by Qioptiq.
This developed into two distinct sessions concerning collaborative support for industry with keynote case studies and presentations from SMEs such as Grafmarine, Steambio and Global Lasers. Representatives from ASTUTE 2020 also introduced further studies from TWI Ltd and British Rototherm, the presentations were then followed with a Q&A session.
Following a spot of lunch and an opportunity for networking, the afternoon session began with a presentation from BAE Systems concerning the challenges around industrial collaboration, this was followed by a talk from Welsh Government regarding the current landscape for funding opportunities and Knowledge Transfer.
Later in the afternoon, broad roundtable discussions were held to discuss areas and ideas for future collaborations, potential partner industries that could be approached for collaboration and a discussion from all groups on how the photonics project could be further promoted and expanded in the future.
The event finally concluded with a tour of the OpTIC Centre facilities.
This event provided a great opportunity to gain and understand of the trends in this growing sector.
(Image property of ASTUTE 2020 - used with permission)