The Technology Scotland team have had a great start to 2022 and have been busy meeting with key stakeholders across the enabling technology sector. Take a look below at our activity highlights across January.

Date Activity Description
11th January Meeting with Senior International Trade representatives from SDI Discussed the photonics clusters and Scotland and France, in particular Alpha-RLH, and where there could be potential future areas of collaboration.
11th January Photonics update meeting with official from Scottish Government Regular monthly meeting to discuss photonics sector in Scotland and Photonics Scotland activities.
13th January Meeting with Kate Forbes MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance. Discussed the contribution of Scotland’s Enabling Technologies Sector to the Government’s National Strategy for Economic Transformation.
13th January Photonics 21 Board of Stakeholders Meeting Welcome of the new P21 BoS members. Discussions regarding Photonics Partnership in Horizon Europe, the current state of play (both public and private sides) and a status update and guidelines for both 2021/22 and 2023/24 work programmes.
14th January Winter meeting of the Photonics Leadership Group Attended meeting to discuss status, issues and developments in the UK photonics sector.
18th January Ministerial Roundtable on DITI Technology Export Plan – with Ivan McKee, MSP, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise. Provided further sectoral input to DITI’s upcoming Technology Export Plan.
18th January Scottish Science Advisory Council – Quantum Opportunities in Scotland Roundtable Attended meeting and participated in roundtable discussions regarding opportunities for quantum technologies to contribute to the Scottish Government’s vision for Scotland.
19th January MaaS Investment Fund Inter-Project Meeting Coordinated meeting of all 5 MIF projects with emphasis on sharing challenges and lessons learned.
19th January University of Strathclyde Quantum Cluster Meeting Regular meeting run by University of Strathclyde and attended by key stakeholders of Scottish QT to discuss the sector and recent activities, developments, and any issues faced.
19th January KTN – Design in Innovation Advisory Board Meeting Invited to serve on Innovate UK KTN’s Design in Innovation Advisory Board.
20th January Manufacturing Network of Networks Community of Practice Meeting Attended first COP meeting discussing a Scottish Regional Deployment Model for Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring
22nd – 27th January SPIE Photonics West Attending Photonics West and exhibiting at the trade show on the Scotland Pavilion, sharing a stand with QuantIC. Read our blog piece here.
25th January MaaS Scotland Data & Governance Special Interest Group Delivered 1st MaaS SIG meeting of 2022, exploring data and governance challenges relating to future MaaS upscale.
31st January Meeting with Scottish Government representatives from the UK Industrial Strategy and Technologies Team, Space and Aerospace, Defence and Marine, and Manufacturing Initial meeting to discuss the Photonics for Space SIG and learn more about how photonics can support the space sector in Scotland.