The Universities of Strathclyde, St Andrews, Heriot-Watt, Glasgow and Edinburgh, together with Stanford University, are collaborating with local industries to build enduring relationships which form the basis of an international network which works towards sustaining the economic impact of photonics in both the UK and California.

The SU2P project seeks to enhance the scientific and economic impact of the joint research portfolio of the partners in fields underpinned by photonics. These fields range from life sciences to advanced manufacturing.

SU2P strengthens existing links and facilitates the development of new links between universities and businesses in Scotland and the US.

Professor Allister Ferguson, Chair of the SU2P Executive Committee:

"This is an ambitious and inventive programme aimed at delivering huge social and economic benefits. The initial RCUK Science Bridges funding is now being successfully sustained by the participating universities and industry partners."

“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 between Scotland and California.”