Response to the loss of research capability represented by major workforce reductions announced recently for the QinetiQ facility at Malvern, UK, may influence the government's spending plans and help advance the establishment of technology innovation incubation facilities.
"The Government is fully committed to supporting cutting-edge research in the UK, and to its successful exploitation into marketable products and services," said David Willetts, MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, in a letter last week responding to SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs.
Willetts said that that the government is considering suggestions for the establishment of technology innovation centres of excellence proposed by Hermann Hauser, James Dyson, and other technology business analysts.
An recent Optics.org article reported on the impact on UK expertise in optics that could result from announced cutbacks at the Malvern facility.
Letter from David Willetts to SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs.
Letter from SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs to UK politicians regarding QinetiQ.