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Transforming our future: Photonics



Cardiff City Hall, Gorsedd Gardens Road, Cardiff CF10 3ND


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This one-day international conference held by the Royal Society in Cardiff will bring together experts to explore recent developments in photonic technologies and the future opportunities and challenges that they present.

Photonic technologies have a wide range of recent and future applications including sensors, optical computers, next-generation lasers and LEDs, visible light communication (LiFi), water purification, quantum information processing and more.

Speakers will discuss the use of photonics from smart cities to satellites and explore the vast opportunities of photonic technologies for society and the economy. They will introduce current state-of-the-art technology and blue-sky applications in the broader context of regulation, policy and funding.

Photonics ties into many topics in the Government's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, from early disease detection, to commercialising quantum technologies, and manufacturing and future materials. This conference will highlight the importance of photonics to solve challenges in all of these sectors. 

Attending this event

This open event is free to attend and is intended for participants from a variety of backgrounds including academia, industry, government, as well as regulatory and other scientific bodies.

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About the conference series

This meeting forms part of the Royal Society's Transforming our Future series. The Transforming our Future meetings are unique, high-level events that address scientific and technical challenges of the next decade and bring together leading experts from wider scientific community, industry, government and charities.

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Schedule of talks

15 October




Welcoming remarks from the Royal Society

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Dame Sue Ion FREng FRS, Chair of the Royal Society Science, Industry and Translation Committee

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Photonics as a platform for a future economy

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Dr Chris Dorman OBE, Chair of the Photonics Leadership Group, Vice President of Coherent Scotland, UK Photonics Leadership Group

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Development and applications of photonic sources and sensors

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Dr Anna Peacock, Professor of Photonics, Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, UK

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Dr Andrew Nelson OBE FREng, President and CEO of IQE, UK

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Professor Martin Dawson, Institute of Photonics, University of Strathclyde, UK

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Dr Heba Bevan, CEO and Founder, Utterberry, UK

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Photonics for quantum information processing

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Dr Loyd McKnight, Senior Researcher, Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics, UK

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Dr Richard Murray, Business Development Manager - Quantum Technologies, Teledyne e2v, UK

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Panel: new directions and applications of photonic technologies

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Professor Martin Dawson, Institute of Photonics, University of Strathclyde, UK

Professor Dave Rugg FREng, Senior Fellow, Rolls-Royce plc, UK

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Professor Diana Huffaker, Scientific Director of the Institute for Compound Semiconductors, Sêr Cymru Chair in Advanced Engineering and Materials, School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, UK

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Dr Andrew Nelson OBE FREng, President and CEO of IQE, UK

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Drinks reception

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