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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.


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SU2P Symposium 23rd and 24th March 2015 St Andrews

Registration Closes 5pm Monday 16th March

Building on the last five highly successful Annual SU2P Symposia, we are pleased to announce the opening of registration for the Sixth Annual SU2P Symposium which will be held on the 23rd and 24th  March 2015 at The University of St. Andrews. The Symposium again includes a list of exceptional speakers from around the world who will present leading edge research and industrial exploitation over a wide range of photonics and related topics. Attendees will enjoy the very best in new photonics and have excellent opportunities for international networking.
Programme Outline
Each day will have theme focussed sessions, each having a mixture of international and leading academic speakers and presentations from the SU2P Industrial Partners, with student presentations also featuring along with a lunchtime poster session. 
Monday 23rd March
The opening day will focus on the “Health” and “ICT” themes from SU2P and on Industry,
  • 9.00am Registration opens and refreshments; 9.30 am Welcome and Keynote; 6.00 pm close
  • 7.30pm Symposium Banquet in Lower College Hall, University of St Andrews 
Tuesday 24th March
The second day will focus on the “Photonics for Security and Dual Use Technologies ”, “Solid State Lasers and Non-Linear Optics” and “Photonics for Energy and Environment” themes from SU2P.
  • 8.30 am refreshments; 9.00am sessions commence; 5.00pm Close

The SU2P Symposium list of speakers includes:

  • Prof. Baljean Dhillon, Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at University of Edinburgh and Hon. Professor at Heriot Watt University
  • Prof. Olav Solgaard, Stanford University
  • Prof. Leo Hollberg, Stanford University
  • Dr. Michael Toney, Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource
  • Prof. Alexander (Sasha) Sher, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Prof Adrian Podoleanu, University of Kent
  • Prof. Henry Snaith, University of Oxford
  • Prof. Dominic O'Brien MA PhD, University of Oxford
  • Prof. Sven Höfling, University of St Andrews
  • Alastair Sinclair, National Physical Laboratory
  • Prof. Andrea Ferrari, University of Cambridge
  • Prof James Wilkinson, ORC, University of Southampton
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Südmeyer, Université de Neuchâtel

  • Prof.Bill MacDonald, Business Research Associate, Dupont Teijin Films
  • Prof Miles Padgett, University of Glasgow and QT Hub
  • Dr. Alireza Marandi, Stanford University
  • Dr. Antonio Hurtado, Institute of Photonics
  • Dr. Stefan Pulver, University of St Andrews
  • Dr.Eli Zysman-Colman, University of St Andrews
  • Ian Redmond, Ceres Imaging Ltd.


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.

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."