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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New Director for SU2P

SU2P is pleased to announce the appointment of Carol Scullion as the new director replacing Iain Ross from July 2015.

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Registration is now OPEN for the annual SPRC Symposium in Stanford

2015 Annual SPRC Symposium September 14-16, Li Ka Shing Conference Center, Stanford University

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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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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."