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Leading lights come together for world-class conference

June 16 2015


Giants of technology and laser manufacturing united for a world-class conference to celebrate the International Year of Light.

Up to 70 people attended the Bright Lights and Engineering: LIGHTtalks event at Glyndŵr University’s OpTIC Centre in St Asaph, where esteemed speakers and industry leaders presented on photonics and innovation in the sector.

Organised by the Welsh Opto-electronics Forum (WOF), the all-day programme – which also marked the Wales Festival of Innovation – featured Ian Baker from Glyndŵr Innovations’ Engineering and Design Team, Philip Wallace from TWI Technology Centre Wales (pictured), Dr Vincent Barrioz, and Kent Periscopes’ MD John Oliver.

Rhys Lewis from Welsh Water spoke about Light in the Water Industry, Dr Walter Perrie from Liverpool University delivered a talk on ultrafast lasers, and Dr Dan Lamb from the University’s Centre for Solar Energy Research (CSER) explained how they are working on solar applications in space.

CSER will test its flexible PV solar cells as part of the UK Space Agency’s second CubeSat mission. The AlSat Nano is a joint project between the UK and the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL). 

Dr Lamb said: “The AlSat Nano programme will accelerate one of our strategic goals of increasing our space technology research profile and utilise our unique capability to deposit thin film PV onto space qualified cover glass.

“The flight test will also help our outreach programme of engaging with schools, colleges and the wider public in stimulating interest in solar energy science and technology.”

Reflecting on the day, WOF project manager Susan Sheridan said the high number of attendees was testament to the OpTIC Centre’s role as a hub for high technology, optics and solar science.

“I would like to thank everyone who attended, particularly those who presented,” she added.

“It was a very insightful and interesting event and forms part of our year-long celebration of the International Year of Light.”

LIGHTtalks was a collaboration between LIGHT2015, the KTN, the Engineering and Science Group North Wales, Glyndŵr University, and the Welsh Opto-electronics Forum.

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