Opening Up Photonics: Fostering Innovation Through Diversity & Inclusion

A collaboration between University of Glasgow, Technology Scotland, the KTN and Institute of Physics Scotland

When: 23 October 2018, 12pm – 5pm
Where: Teacher Building, Glasgow


OUP is a platform for photonics professionals in academia and industry to come together to discuss the future of photonics in the UK. Whilst the aim of this event is to provide a forum for CEOs and hiring managers to engage in discussion and best practice suggestions regarding diversity and inclusivity in photonics, a particular focus of this event will be on celebrating female successes in this area and understanding gender equity issues in the community.

Focussed panel sessions, accompanied by breakout opportunities, will aim to tackle emergent challenges such as career progression and barriers to entrepreneurship and engagement, whilst enabling the growth of new connections.

Panel 1: State of play: the photonics sector in Scotland
Chaired by Stephen Taylor, CEO Technology Scotland

Simon Andrews, Executive Director, Fraunhofer UK
Mairi Torrie, Project Manager and Principal Engineer, Indie Semiconductor
Dr Sonja Franke-Arnold, Professor and Head of Optics, University of Glasgow

Panel 2: Conscious/unconscious bias & language
Chaired by Lynne Cadenhead, Chair of Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES)

Suzanne Doyle-Morris, CEO and Founder, InclusIQ Ltd
Ben Hanley, Founder and Director, Enigma People Solutions
Prof. Anthony Kelly, Professor of Optoelectronics, University of Glasgow

Panel 3: Future steps: what can academia/business do?
Chaired by Dr Kirsty Annand, Knowledge Exchange Associate in Semiconductor Photonics, University of Glasgow

Dr Tiina Delmonte, Programme Manager, CST Global
Stephen Roe, CEO, Advanced Microwave Technologies Ltd
Dr Caryn Hughes, External Engagement Manager, University of Glasgow


12.00: Arrival, Registration & Lunch

12.45 – 13.30: Welcome and Opening talks

13-30 – 14.15: Panel 1

14.15 – 14.30: Break (Tea and Coffee)

14.30 – 16.00: Panels 2&3

16.00: Break (Tea and Coffee)

16.15: Breakout Sessions/Networking Opportunities

17.00: End of OUP1


Oct 23 2018


12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Teacher Building, Glasgow
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