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February 17th 2016 SU2P is hosting a Scottish Photonics Networking Event during Photonics West in San Francisco CA.  The event will take place at the Marriot Marquis Hotel from 5.30 - 7.30 pm. and offers the opportunity to mix and mingle with local alumni and businesses, generating new potential contacts and links for collaboration.  For further information contact SU2P Director Carol Scullion

February 19th 2016 SU2P and SPRC will facilitate meetings at Stanford Photonics Research Centre to enable researchers from Scotland and Stanford to meet, present and share their research interests with a view to developing new contacts, ideas, projects and collaborations.  If you are interested in participating please contact SU2P Director Carol Scullion

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2016 SU2P Symposium - Date and Venue

The SU2P Symposium will be held on the 4th and 5th of April 2016.  The venue for the Symposium will be the South Hall Complex at Pollok Halls at Edinburgh University.  Further details for registration and the programme will follow in due course.

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Professor Rory Duncan

SU2P is pleased to announce that Professor Rory Duncan, Head of the Research Institute IB3 at Heriot Watt University has taken over as theme lead for Health.

Rory is already working on ideas for the Health theme session for the SU2P Symposium in 2016 and an accompanying workshop.



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The academic Partners in SU2P are:

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Edinburgh University
  • 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.


SU2P 7th Annual Symposium

4th & 5th April University of Edinburgh

Continuing the success of the previous six annual SU2P Symposia, we are pleased to announce the opening of registration for the 7th SU2P Symposium which will be held on the 4th and 5th of April 2016 at the University of Edinburgh. The Symposium once again features exceptional, international speakers who will present leading edge research and industrial exploitation over a wide range of photonics and related topics. All delegates will discover and learn about the very best in new photonics and be able to take advantage of the excellent opportunities for local and international networking.
Programme Outline
·         Theme focused sessions to include Healthcare, ICT, SSL & NLO and Energy & Environment
·         Additional Special session on Data Centres and Communication
·         Student poster presentations & poster sessions
·         Exhibition featuring industry partners and photonics industry
·       Image competition which will be judged by Scottish Photographer Colin Prior
·         Symposium Banquet
Monday 4th April
The opening day will focus on the “Solid State Lasers and Non Linear Optics” and “Health” themes from SU2P and on contributions from Industry.
·         9.00am Registration opens with refreshments; 9.30 am Welcome and Opening Keynote; 6.00 pm close
·         7.30pm Symposium Banquet in South Hall Complex, Pollok Halls
Tuesday 5th April
The second day will focus on the “Photonics for Energy and Environment” and “ICT” themes from SU2P with an added special session on Data Centres and Communications.
·         8.30 am refreshments; 9.00am sessions commence; 4.00pm Close
The prospective list of speakers for the Symposium includes -
·         Tom Baer, Stanford University
·         James Harris, Stanford University
·         Henry Bookey, Fraunhofer UK
·         Daniel Esser, Heriot Watt University
·         Lars Michael Larsen, Region H Denmark
·         Robert Thomson, Heriot-Watt University
·         Alan Serrels, Edinburgh University
·         Mike MacDonald, Dundee University
·         Paul O’Brien, FRS – Manchester University
·         Geoff Williams, Durham University
·         David Richardson - University of Southampton 
·         Richard Penty - University of Cambridge
·         Lucia Caspani Glasgow University
·         Dimitra Simeonidou, Bristol University
·         Joseph Kahn, Stanford University
·         Bardia Pezeshki, Kaiam Corporation
·         James Durrant, ICL/Swansea
·         Stuart Parks, Medical Devices Unit GGHB; GCOR
Registration notes:
·         Attendance at the SU2P Symposium (and banquet) is £100 for academic and research staff from the collaborating universities (Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh, Strathclyde, St Andrews, Stanford) and includes lunch and refreshments both days and the banquet on the Monday evening.
·         Attendance at the SU2P Symposium is FREE to students from the collaborating universities (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt, Strathclyde, St Andrews, Stanford) and includes lunch and refreshments both days.
·         A charge of £50 will be made for students wishing to attend the Banquet on the Monday evening.
·         Attendance at the SU2P Symposium (and banquet) is an included benefit for SU2P Industrial Partners and includes lunch and refreshments both days and dinner on the Monday evening. 
·         Speakers do NOT require to register as they will be registered automatically.
·         Companies may book exhibitor stands for the cost of £250 plus VAT
·         There is a nominal cost of £250 for all other registrants at the SU2P Symposium covering both days of the Symposium and the Banquet.
·         Please ensure that you fully complete the registration process even if there is no fee to pay.

The Universities of Strathclyde, St Andrews, Heriot-Watt, Glasgow and Edinburgh, 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.

Watch our short video on SU2P

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."