Photonics is one of the potential candidate areas for investment in the next phase of the Strategy and Implementation Plan for Technology and Innovation Centres (TIC) in the United Kingdom.
"The proposed TIC could focus on key enabling photonics technologies that underpin a wide range of application areas including IT, telecommunications, defence, automotive, energy, life sciences, industrial and consumer. The TIC's activity could include materials, devices, packaging, lighting, lasers, optics, imaging, solar energy, measurement, biophotonics and displays," said the announcement from the Technology Strategy Board.
"It could provide access for UK businesses to world class photonics technical expertise, infrastructure, skills, and equipment that individual companies, particularly SMEs, could not afford. It could also act as a hub for the photonics industry, providing meeting space and temporary office or laboratory space as required. It could help UK businesses whether working directly in the photonics industry or not, to work together to create new photonics based solutions quickly and efficiently."
The first step is to spend the summer months establishing online discussions, to set up a working committee and hold initial workshops to define the scope and benefits of the TIC. In autumn, workshops and events will be held to build a community around the best candidate, followed by development of a business case followed by review and analysis of the case for a TIC in the winter months.
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Related article on SPIE Photonics for a Better World blog
Full announcement from the UK Technology Strategy Board