Industry Day 2018

Thursday 20 September 2018, University of Southampton, Highfield Campus (Garden Court)

The Future Photonics Hub Industry Day aims to unite the UK’s excellent science base with companies, R&D organisations and funding agencies; showcase the latest research in new, practical and commercial photonics manufacturing technologies; and create opportunities to collaborate in developing innovative solutions to key industrial challenges.

Who should attend?

If you are working in photonics research, R&D, research funding, the photonics industry or in one of the many industries enabled by photonics, then this event is for you.

Registration has now closed. Please email any requests to

Why attend?

Whether you are from academia or industry, you have a valuable role to play in developing transformational and commercially-viable photonics technologies.

By attending our Industry Day you will:

  • Stay ahead of the curve on the latest photonics research, technologies and UK funding landscape
  • Be part of a forum for discussing the research, challenges and current initiatives currently affecting the sector
  • Gain opportunities to meet with prospective partners, collaborators, customers and suppliers

What’s on?

Below is the programme for the day. The five sessions feature talks from Future Photonics Hub co-investigators and invited speakers. See further information on our speaker programme here.

  • 09:00 – 10:00 – Registration, networking brunch and browse the exhibition
  • 10:00 – 10:10 – Welcome from Professor Sir David Payne (Director, The Future Photonics Hub)
  • 10:00 – 10:45 – Keynote speech from Dr Benn Thomsen (Microsoft Research): ‘Challenges and opportunities for photonics in the cloud’
  • 10:45 – 11:25 – Session 1: ‘Solutions for next-generation data communications’
  • 11:25 – 11.45 – Refreshment break and exhibition time
  • 11:45 – 12:45 – Session 2: ‘Lasers – Higher power and greater efficiency’
  • 11:45 – Optional cleanroom tour
  • 12:45 – 14:15 – Lunch and exhibition with speed networking session
  • 14:15 – 15:00 – Session 3: ‘Opportunities for UK Photonics’ with talks by Georgios Papadakis (Innovation Lead – Electronics, Sensors and Photonics, Innovate UK), Ben Whitaker (Innovation Partner – The Defence and Security Accelerator) and Dr John Lincoln (CEO, The Photonics Leadership Group and Industrial Liaison Manager, The Future Photonics Hub)
  • 15:00 – 15:40 – Session 4: ‘Volume manufacturing of 2D and metamaterials’
  • 15:40 – 16.40 – Refreshment break and exhibition time
  • 16:00 – 17:00 – Session 5: ‘Integration – compact, low cost, ‘smarter’ devices’
  • 16:00 – Optional cleanroom tour
  • 17:00 – Thank you and close

How do I register? 

Registration has now closed. Please email any requests to

Can my company have an exhibition stand? 

Companies and research organisations that would like to exhibit their latest products and services have the opportunity to:

  • Showcase your latest products and services to influential members of the UK photonics community
  • Meet with prospective partners, customers and suppliers
  • Stay ahead of the curve on the latest research, technologies and funding landscape
  • Be part of a forum discussing the issues currently affecting the sector

Our exhibitor package includes:

  • exhibition space (table, two chairs, power and space for two pull-up banners)
  • full access to the event programme (two delegate passes included)
  • the opportunity to add an insert or small giveaway to our delegate press packs
  • company listing and description in our exhibition programme
  • your logo displayed on our website and exhibition banner and display screens
  • exhibitor announcement on our social media channels
  • free car parking and venue shuttle (to and from the car park)
  • free access to official event photographs

Booking has closed. Please email any requests to or, telephone: 023 80 599 536

See our list of participating exhibitors.

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