Southampton spin-out celebrates 20 years of innovation

One of the world’s leading fibre laser designers and manufacturers – Southampton spin-out company SPI Lasers – is celebrating 20 years of innovation.  Founded in 2000, as a direct result of pioneering research in Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), the company now sells products in more than 150 countries around the globe, employs 300 employees, and has an annual turnover of about £70million.  We talk to Professor […]

Championing the positive impact of a more diverse workforce

Dr Kirsty Annand is the driving force behind Opening Up Photonics, an initiative that is helping the photonics industry attract a more diverse workforce, with a particular focus on closing the sector’s gender gap.   Kirsty, who is External Engagement Manager for the Photonic Integration and Advanced Data Storage Centre for Doctoral Training, explains how Opening Up Photonics came about, and how supporting the sector to appeal to a broader demographic will help address […]

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