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Regional Group Visit to STFC Central Laser Facility

A regioanl group event was organised by Research Enigineers based in England. Second year Mariastefania De Vido has written about the event:-

"On Monday the 13th November, 5 Research Engineers of the England Regional Group visited the STFC Central Laser Facility (CLF) at Harwell Campus (Oxfordshire). The visit was organised and run by Research Engineers Munadi Ahmad and Mariastefania De Vido (myself), who are carrying out our EngD projects at the CLF.

Blog post: Hollie Wright - 'A day of a RE'

Hollie Wright is a second year Research Engineer based at Heriot-Watt and Renishaw. She has started writing a blog about her journey on the programme, the first post is featured below:- 


My name is Hollie and I am a Research Engineer at the CDT for Applied Photonics. My project aim is to develop a technique for measuring distances with lasers, that can be utilised in industrial applications.

Cohort 4 Welcome Event

On Wednesday 13th September we welcomed our 4th cohort of Research Engineers onto the programme. The new cohort are currently completing taught courses at the University of St. Andrews. In January they will start taught courses at the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow, before starting to research within their company in March.

Since the welcome event, two new Research Engineers have joined cohort 4, bringing the total up to 11.  


2017/18 cohort:

Owen Anderson, Toshiba Medical, University of Glasgow

Regional Group Event - Pint of Science

Current Research Engineers and Alumni attended an event at the Pint of Science Festival 2017 in Edinburgh. The event was focused on technological advances in healthcare including nanotech cancer treatments and data driven healthcare. 

The event was organised by Regional Group Coordinator Aneta Lisowska, who writes:-

SUPA Gathering

Three CDT Research Engineers, Jack Thomas, Aneta Lisowska and Jamie Foubister, presented their research at the Annual SUPA Gathering in May. The gathering aims to showcase and celebrate physics in Scotland.

Jack Thomas writes: -

EPSRC CDT in Applied Photonics Annual Conference 2017

The EPSRC CDT in Applied Photonics Annual Conference 2017 will be taking place on Friday 23 June in the Postgraduate Centre here at Heriot-Watt.  Presentations will take place in the Postgraduate Centre Auditorium with catering and poster sessions in the foyer area. 

The conference will showcase collaborative industrial research conducted by the Research Engineers. Topics on the day will include: Optoelectronics, Laser Development, Biophotonics, Diffractive & Non-linear Optics and Sensors and Image and Signal Processing.   

Perspectives of the programme

To celebrate International Womens Day, we want to highlight some of the amazing work our female Research Engineers are doing. We hear from alumna Dr. Agata Pawlikowska and current research Engineer Aneta Lisowska about their experience of the programme. 

Dr. Agata Pawlikowska 

Agata graduated from Heriot-Watt University in November with an Engineering Doctorate. She continues to work for the company which supported her EngD, Leonardo as a Senior Systems Engineer within an advanced research group.

Westminster Hall Parliamentary Debate

A Westminster Hall Parliamentary debate on the UK Photonics Industry took place on 25 January 2017. During the debate there were several mentions related to the CDT in Applied Photonics. The work in Photonics at Heriot-Watt, Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities was mentioned as was the work by CDT AP supervisor Professor Duncan Hand.  The work at  NPL on counterfeit textiles worked on by our alumni  John Molloy was given as an example of photonics technology.