• About the Society
  • SPIE Altruism
  • Advocacy
  • International Day of Light
  • Awards Programs
  • Press Room
  • Press Releases
    SPIE Member News
    Event News
    Media Contacts
    Press Registration
    SPIE Logos and Name
  • Jobs at SPIE
 
Print PageEmail Page

Wales is prime environment for high-tech investment, First Minister tells SPIE Europe audience



SPIE Europe

CARDIFF, WALES, UK - 24 September 2008 - Wales has developed resources and networks ideal for enabling innovation in optoelectronics, First Minister and Assembly Member Rhodri Morgan told attendees at conferences on Remote Sensing and Security+Defence sponsored by SPIE Europe at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, last week.

With those strengths, organizers found the region to be a fitting location for last week's conferences.

"Wales has been quite remarkable in recent years in developing a reputation for high technology," said SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs. "The obvious support for the industries of the future and the thought that has gone into viable economic planning for an increasingly competitive world say much about the foresight of Welsh leadership"Maria Yzuel, Gari Owen, First Minister of Wales Rhodri Morgan, David Titterton, and Eugene Arthurs

In his talk at the conference opening session, First Minister Morgan told how Technium OpTIC -- "one of the jewels in the crown" of Wales' Technium business incubation and support centres -- and the universities and industry throughout Wales have demonstrated the ability to work together and move quickly, to the benefit of industry and investors. See coverage of First Minister Morgan's talk at this link: newswales.co.uk/?section=Business&F=1&id=15118.

In all, 750 researchers and innovators from around the world attended technical sessions and an exhibition showcasing photonics applications developments for the defence industry. The Lord Mayor of the City and County of Cardiff, Councillor Kate Lloyd, joined attendees at a welcome reception early in the week.

Plenary speakers included

  • Frances Saunders, UK Defence Science and Technology Lab.
  • Jim Ironside, General Dynamics UK Ltd.
  • Waleed Abdalati, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr.
  • Richard Holdaway, Rutherford Appleton Lab.

Conference proceedingFrances Saunders, SPIE Europe Security+Defence plenary speakers papers are being published in the SPIE Digital Library as soon as each is approved. See spie.org/x2836.xml for more information about the SPIE Digital Library, or access the library at spiedigitallibrary.com.

The SPIE Newsroom features articles on two papers presented at meeting. Click the links below to read those reports.
"Raman leaves no hiding place for liquid explosives" features work led by Robert Stokes of the Univ. of Strathclyde: spie.org/x27219.xml
"SPR helps sensor sensitivity," features work led by Juriy Hastanin at the Univ. de Liège: spie.org/x27379.xml

SPIE Europe Remote Sensing symposium chairs were Guido D'Urso, Universitá degli Napoli Federico II, and Steven P. Neeck, NASA Headquarters.

SPIE Europe Security+Defence symposium chair was David Titterton, UK Defence Science and Technology Lab.Waleed Abdalati, Lord Mayor of Cardiff Councillor Kate Lloyd, Richard Holdaway, and Maria Yzuel

Photo captions, from top of article:

From left, SPIE President Elect Maria Yzuel of the Univ. de Barcelona, Gari Owen of the UK Ministry of Defence SA/SD (conference chair for Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism and Crime Fighting), First Minister of Wales Rhodri Morgan, David Titterton of the UK Defence Science and Technology Lab. (Security+Defence Symposium chair), and SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs attend SPIE Europe's conferences on Remote Sensing and Security+Defence last week.

Frances Saunders, UK Defence Science and Technology Lab., gives a plenary talk during the Security+Defence symposium.

Remote Sensing plenary speakers Waleed Abdalati, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (far left), Richard Holdaway, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (second from right), Lord Mayor of Cardiff Councillor Kate Lloyd (second from left), and SPIE President Elect Maria Yzuel (far right) enjoy the symposium welcome reception.