EPSRC Summer School in Photonics 2018



Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Photonics


Date: 16th - 23nd June 2018

Venue: Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews, Scotland


Why a summer school in Innovation and Entrepreneurship?

The worldwide photonics market is worth $150 billion. Graduate schools around the world are producing excellent photonics researchers, but achieving sustainable economic impact makes it important to stimulate a spirit of enterprise, technology transfer, innovation and entrepreneurship in this community of early career researchers. 


Who's organising the School?

The School is a biennial event coordinated by the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics.  It is organised in collaboration with the Scottish Universities Summer Schools in Physics (SUSSP) and has been designated SUSSP74.


Where is it being held?

In St Andrews, a coastal city about 80 km north of Edinburgh and home to Scotland's oldest university.  More information about the location and a map can be found at this link.


Who should attend?

The school is open to PhD students and early-career researchers (industrial and academic) working in photonics and closely related areas. 


Why should I attend?

·         Lectures and workshops from leading photonics innovators and entrepreneurs

·         Networking in an informal setting with lecturers and students.

·         Mentoring to develop your ideas and commercial awareness

·         Advice and training on how to fund your idea

·         Exposure to potential funders and sponsors

·         Great social events, including a Scottish ceilidh

·         A fantastic coastal venue in one of Scotland's oldest cities


How much does it cost?

The registration fee is £850 and includes accommodation, all meals and tea/coffee breaks, conference dinner and all social events and travel to/from Edinburgh airport.

There is also a reduced registration fee of £450 for local students. 


How do I register?

Our application site is now open and will close on 31st March 2018.  Offers of places will be made from mid-March to April, with a requirement to complete registration and bank transfer of registration fees by 30th April 2018.


Where can I find more information?

More information will appear on this website as final arrangements are completed.  The preliminary programme is shown below.


Lecture Programme

Linda Smith, Ceres Technology Advisors

1.       LS L1: Technology commercialisation screening: Market

2.       LS L2: Technology commercialisation screening: Business Model

3.       LS L3: Technology commercialisation screening: Financing

Chris Dorman, Coherent Scotland

1.       CD L1: Commercialisation of Photonics: From breadboard to bottom line - lecture

2.       CD W1: Commercialisation of Photonics: From breadboard to bottom line – workshop

Caroline Boudoux, Castor Optics

1.       CB L1: The original research. How it was founded?

2.       CB L2: The realisation of the market need.

3.       CB L3: Things you would do better. Reflection and advice.

Cliff Jones, University of Leeds

1.       CJ L1: Spinning out into the LCD industry

2.       CJ L2: Finding a niche market for a novel LCD

Andrea Lovera, FEMTOprint

1.       AL L1: 3D transparent material machining based on femtosecond lasers and applications 1

2.       AL L2: 3D transparent material machining based on femtosecond lasers and applications 2

Mat Wasley, KTN

1.       MW L1: Connected Photonics: Networking and collaboration

Thomas Baer, Stanford University

1.       TB L1: Engineering Sustainable Innovation in Startups and Established Companies

2.       TB L2: Product Development Process Strategies

3.       TB L3: Organizational Structures for High Technology Instrument Companies

David Payne, University of Southampton

1.       DP L1: How to be a photonics entrepreneur.

Martin Dawson, University of Strathclyde

1.       MD L1: Background and perspectives on innovation in photonics

2.       MD L2: Case studies of innovation in photonics: lessons learned

3.       MD L3: Dedicated technology acceleration and delivery organisations and their role in university-business R&D interfacing

Sophie Hippmann, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft 

Fraunhofer – a player in the German innovation system   

1.       SH L1:  Strategic planning within an RTO – Is there a masterplan for innovation?

2.       SH W1: Using SCRUM to get things done in Non-IT-Environments             

Thomas Neuenhahn, Siemens

1.       TN L1: Strategy – How to run twice as fast as your competitor?

2.       TN W1: - Strategy – How to implement?

Anne Fraser, The Royal Society of Edinburgh

1.       AF L1: RSE Enterprise Fellowship scheme