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Photonics

Photonics is the science and technology of light. This includes lasers, optical systems and components, as well as fibre optics. Photonics is a £13.5bn industry in the UK. Photonics technology is used across various UK industries and in society, from optical communications and data storage to laser sensors for autonomous vehicles.

Photonics is the science and technology of light. This includes lasers, optical systems and components, as well as fibre optics. Photonics is a £13.5bn industry in the UK. Photonics technology is used across various UK industries and in society, from optical communications and data storage to laser sensors for autonomous vehicles.

The KTN Enabling Technologies team supports 1,500+ photonics and photonics-enabled companies, and the vibrant UK photonics research base in the UK.

Our people create connections between photonics professionals and end-users in various sectors, from healthcare to AgriFood. This helps them fast-track the innovative technologies they’re working on.

The KTN supports the growth of UK photonics and is determined to promote the sector widely. We do this by working with photonics and related stakeholder groups and associations across the UK.

Our team has a deep expertise including photonics, laser, fibre, optical, optics, photovoltaic and imaging.

KTN is a partner in the European project which supports the Photonics21 platform. Photonics21 aims to establish Europe as a leader in the development of photonics technologies within applications fields such as ICT, lighting, industrial manufacturing, life science, safety, education and training.

We are proud to have contributed to the ground breaking horizon scanning report “Future horizons for photonics research 2030 and beyond”, released in September 2020 by the Photonics Leadership Group and the All-Party Parliamentary Group in Photonics and Quantum. We used our experience of online collaboration to support PLG in bringing together online 26 of the UK’s leading photonics researchers from 20 different institutions to ask “what will be the focus of photonics research a decade and more from now?”.

Photonics Landscape

Connecting the UK’s growing Photonics community with industrial collaborators, research-based expertise, investment opportunities and funders.

Solar

KTN supports the SuperSolar Network Plus with the Head of Infrastructure acting as Chair to the Network Industrial Advisory Group. Through this group, and programmes such as Energy Catalyst as described above, KTN is actively brokering B2B and B2A linkages.

Funding Opportunities

Women in Innovation Awards 2021/22

Women with exciting, innovative ideas who will inspire others can apply for a £50,000 grant and bespoke business support.

Opens: 23/08/2021 Closes: 13/10/2021

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Innovate UK Smart Grants: October 2021

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy.

Opens: 07/10/2021 Closes: 05/01/2022

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Events

Thu
29
Apr
2021

Photonics for...Europe

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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Thu
24
Jun
2021

Photonics for...Water

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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Thu
16
Sep
2021

Photonics for...Renewable Energy

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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News

04.10.2021

A showcase of quantum-enabled technologies

This year’s UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase 2021, on 5th November in the Business Design Centre, London, will showcase 60 of the UK’s leading quantum technologies. We hear from some of the organisations who are presenting their innovative solutions and research.

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10.09.2021

Save the Date for Materials Research Exchange (MRE) 2022: 3rd – 5th October 2022

KTN is delighted to announce that Materials Research Exchange will be back in 2022 at the Business Design Centre in London.

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