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The academic Partners in SU2P are:

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Glasgow University
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Stanford University
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Strathclyde

Other Partners include:

  • LINC Scotland

Links to all partner institutions and group pages are here.


Latest Announcements

SU2P Symposium 23rd and 24th March 2015 St Andrews

Please put the date in your dairy - Registration Opens Soon

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang DREXLER , Medical University of Vienna
  • Prof. Baljean Dhillon, Hon. Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Edinburgh 
  • Prof. Olav Solgard, Stanford University
  • Prof. Dominic O'Brien MA PhD, University of Oxford
  • Alastair Sinclair, National Physics Laboratory
  • Prof. Andrea Ferrari, University of Cambridge
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Südmeyer, Université de Neuchâtel

  • Dr. Alireza Marandi, Stanford University


SU2P ICT Workshop

In Partnership with the Intelligent Lighting Centre and UP-VLC

 Li-Fi and Wi-Fi – A Discussion

Monday 1st December 2014

Venue: Collins Building, University of Strathclyde 

This workshop aims to discuss two communication technologies: “Visible Light” – Li-Fi; and “Wireless” – Wi-Fi, Cellular Mobile etc, and the opportunities and barriers to how they might be implemented in our future 5G communications landscape. We have brought together leading experts in both fields to present the state-of-the-art and to discuss these two technologies that will frame all our communications needs into the future.

The centerpiece of the workshop will be a Panel DISCUSSION involving experts from both RF Wireless and Light communications. The discussion will show the benefits/barriers of the technologies and how they will offer the pervasive unrestricted bandwidth that we will increasingly need in the future.



SU2P wins ERDF funding to support Scottish SMEs




The Universities of Strathclyde, St Andrews, Heriot-Watt and Glasgow, together with Stanford University and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), are collaborating with local industry to build enduring relationships which form the basis of a network which helps to sustain the economic impact of photonics in both the UK and California.

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The project, SU2P, capitalises on leading research in the photonics sector, in fields including life sciences and renewable energy, and the commercial opportunities the research offers.

It also bolsters existing links between universities and businesses in Scotland and the US.

The programme between the six institutions focuses on challenges in:

and includes research areas:


  • Quantum Technologies and Applications
  • Biophotonics, including stem cell imaging and neuroscience photonics
  • Solar cell devices and characterisation
  • Integrated photonics
  • Photonics sensors, including atom and quantum optic sensors and environmental science and technology

The project gives talented young researchers the opportunity to experience working in laboratories in California. It also enables businesses in the US and the UK to share ideas and expertise with academics in both countries.

Professor Allister Ferguson, Deputy Principal of Strathclyde and Principal Investigator in the Collaboration, said: "This is an ambitious and inventive programme aimed at delivering huge social and economic benefits. We thank the RCUK Science Bridges programme for initially fudning this programme which is now being succesfully sustained by the universiites involved.

"Photonics is a sector with vast capacity for innovation in research and for commercial opportunities. It is dominated in the UK by small companies, and we aim to build on that capacity through this venture, by broadening and strengthening the links in photonics between Scotland and California."