2016 SU2P Symposium - Poster Presentations

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. As a regular feature here is alist of theposters that will be presented at this year's symposium.

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Kaiam Corporation Joins SU2P as an Industrial Partner

Kaiam Corporation, a leader in hybrid Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) technology, along with SU2P, announce that following a meeting between Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde and Bardia Pezeshki, CEO of Kaiam Corporation, Kaiam is delighted to confirm that the company has agreed to become an Industrial Partner of SU2P, a unique collaboration between world-class US and Scottish research teams in photonics.

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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 Summary

  • 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

Background to SU2P

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."