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Over £1m secured for free photonics business advice

Photonics Research
Photonics Research

10th March, 2010

Engineering academics at Aston University in Birmingham have secured £1.1m of research funding to provide free photonics advice to West Midland’s based businesses.

The scheme, jointly funded by Aston University and the European Regional Development Fund, offers opportunities for businesses to access free world- class consultancy from the University’s Photonics Research team.

Photonics covers a huge range of science and technology applications based on the use of light particles. These include high speed communication systems, laser manufacturing, biological and chemical sensor technologies, medical diagnostics and therapy, display technology and optical computing.

Professor Sergei Turitsyn from Aston’s Photonics Research team believes providing business with free consultancy, assistance and/or opportunities for knowledge collaboration will help companies improve their current photonics technologies.

He said; “Universities work hard to make themselves accessible and useful to business, and this scheme will provide practical information and innovative ideas for companies to enhance or even replace their existing technologies.”

Industry areas identified by Aston’s research team as benefiting from photonics advice and business assistance include the aerospace industry, companies using automotive, building or environmental technologies, food and drink companies, ICT, medical technologies, rail and the tourist and leisure industry.

For further information on how your business can potentially benefit from the scheme, which is backed by The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Birmingham Science City and the Higher Education Funding Council for England contact Aston’s Business Partnership Unit on tel; 0121 204 4242, email bpu@aston.ac.uk or log onto: www.aston.ac.uk/bpu,

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For further information please contact Alex Earnshaw, Aston University Communications, on 0121 204 4549



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