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Fraunhofer photonics center opens in Glasgow

SPIE Newsroom

The UK headquarters for Europe's largest contract research organization celebrated the official opening of the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics (CAP) at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow this week with a symposium and tour of its labs.

The Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics (CAP) will provide laser research and development — and associated technologies, including optical sensors — for a variety of sectors such as security, healthcare, energy, and transportation.

photo of 4 at Fraunhofer Glasgow

"The Fraunhofer CAP will work closely with partners in business, industry, government, and the broader Scottish academic community to solve global challenges, design and develop the products and services of tomorrow, and support the economy," said Sir Jim McDonald, professor and principal of the University of Strathclyde. (McDonald is pictured above. Left to right: Allister Ferguson of the IoP at University of Strathclyde, Tim Holt, executive director of the Fraunhofer CAP; McDonald; and Oliver Ambacher of Fraunhofer IAF and Fraunhofer UK.)

The Fraunhofer center was created with funding from Germany-based Fraunhofer, the University of Strathclyde, the Scottish government, Scottish Enterprise, and the Scottish Funding Council. Establishment of the center at the Institute of Optics (IoP) at Strathclyde was a collaborative effort, said Tim Holt, executive director of Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd.

"The aim of the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics is to assist companies across to UK to develop new innovative products and processes as well as providing them with a supply of well-informed, knowledgeable, and practical recruits who understand what industry demands from them," he said.

Among the speakers at the inaugural symposium on Thursday, 18 April, were: Chris Dorman, general manager of Coherent Scotland; Graeme Malcolm, CEO of MSquared Lasers; Keith Mathieson of the IoP; Joachim Wagner, deputy director of Fraunhofer IAF (Germany); and Simon Andrews, business development manager of the Fraunhofer CAP.

photo of Dawson and Oliver Ambacher and Frank TreppeMartin Dawson, a professor at the Institute of Optics at Strathclyde, has been appointed head of the Fraunhofer CAP. (Dawson, at center, with Oliver Ambacher of Fraunhofer IAF and Fraunhofer UK and Franke Treppe from Fraunhofer Zentrale at Fraunhofer CAP)

Fraunhofer has more than 20,000 employees in 60 Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany alone and has established research centers throughout Europe and America. Fraunhofer research has formed the basis of a wide range of technologies for industry and products in everyday use, such as the MP3 player and apps for mobile phones, including customized weather reports and music identification systems like the iPhone app, Shazam.

A second celebration is planned for 23 May at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London.

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