CDT in Applied Photonics Annual Conference

The CDT held it's 18th annual conference on 7th June 2019 at the Postgraduate Centre , Heriot-Watt University with around 90 delegates from academia and industry, and current reserach engineers and alumni attending. Our keynote speakers were Kristin Flagel - Lead Scientist SYNAPSE - University of Glasgow - talking about her research 'Imaging the Brain' and Tom Empson from Microsoft Research discussing 'Optics for the Cloud'.

Regional Group Event - Pint of Science

Research Engineer Representative, Daniel Marwick coordinated a trip to a Pint of Science event on 20th May. Daniel Writes: -

A group of Research Engineers attended the Pint of Science event "Techstra-terrestrial: Technology in Astronomy" which comprised of two separate talks from researchers from the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.  The first talk was from Dr. Alastair Bruce who has a great passion for manned spaceflight.  His lecture was a fast-paced description of the technology of the Saturn V rocket and the Apollo space program using props and audience participation.

Mariastefania De Vido - AILU Young UK Laser Engineer's Prize 2019

Mariastefania De Vido a Research Engineer in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics has been awarded the Association of Industrial Lasers Users (AILU) - Young UK Laser Engineer's Prize 2019.  Her research project ‘Advanced gain materials for high energy, high average power lasers’ is undertaken in conjunction with the STFC Central Laser Facility and Heriot-Watt University.

Launch Event for Refocussed CDT

It was great to meet some of our new industrial partners such as Light Point Medical and Amethyst Research as well as catching up with our established sponsors, Canon Medical Research, Faraunhofer CAP, Leonardo UK  (to name just a few!) at of our Launch Event for our refocussed CDT held on 27 March.

Our new CDT welcomes the University of Edinburgh to join the existing partners of Dundee, Glasgow, St Andrews and Strathclyde, led by Heriot-Watt University.

Fun and Outreach at the Glasgow Science Centre

Our third year Reserach Engineers attend outreach training with the Glasgow Science Centre and were recently given the opportunity to present their research to members of the public at the GSC Meet the Experts Sessions. 

New Appointment

We are pleased to welcome Audrey McCrorie to our CDT admin team. Audrey joins us from ICMS and has many years' experience of conference organization.


Magnificent March - Viva Success

Congratulations to our Research Engineers - Dominic Hunter, Michele Guastamaccia, Giovanni Giuliano and James Brooks - who all had successful viva in March 2019.  


CDT Applied Photonics - Launch Event - 27 March 2019

Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics - Launch Event

The launch event for the new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics taking place on 27 March 2019, at Heriot-Watt University, 11:30 to 13:30. The new centre focuses on industrially-inspired Photonic Imaging, Sensing and Analysis - technologies which are transforming modern life, from self-driving cars (lidar) and smartphone interfaces (laser gesture-recognition) to smart buildings (distributed fibre and LED sensors) and bio-imaging (super-resolution microscopy).

Blog post: Hollie Wright, Women in STEM

We are pleased to announce that third year Research Engineer, Hollie Wright has been appointed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Representative to the CDT. Hollie has also been admitted to the WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Young Members Board. She has written a short piece on the representation of Women in STEM:- 


According to 2016 research by the Women in Engineering Society, women make up just 11% of engineers in the UK.1

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