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City hosts International Workshop on Photonics & Sensing

Invitees, including City engineering scholars, showcased work in the fields of biomedical engineering, sensing and simulation.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

City, University of London hosted an International Workshop on Photonics & Sensing on June 28th and 29th.

The Workshop brought together experts from across the world to review developments in the field of photonics and optical sensing including many academic partners and colleagues at City, on a range of programmes funded by The Royal Society, The Royal Academy of Engineering, The British Council, The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Newton and Global Challenges Research (GCRF) Funds.

The Workshop was formally opened by City’s President, Professor Sir Paul Curran, and the keynote address was given by Sir David Payne of the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton.

Sir David set the tone of Workshop with an overview entitled ‘Silica: The wonder material’, followed by a series of talks highlighting the most topical developments in the field.

The Workshop was attended by over 50 invitees, showcasing as well City’s contribution to the field through the work of its scholars in biomedical engineering, sensing and simulation.

Lead organiser, Professor Aziz Rahman, is pleased with the outcome of the gathering of photonics and sensing academics and specialists.

He said:

We planned the Workshop in order to bring together academic partners from the UK and overseas to discuss their research work in photonics and optical fibre technologies and to showcase some of the latest technologies in the field.

“Our invitees came in from India (a joint NERC-India cooperative grant with the Indian Institute of Technology Bangalore and a Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Academic Partnership Grant with Indian Institute of Technology Ghandhinagar); Malaysia (Newton Grant, Institutional Links, Researchers’ Link, and Royal Society Grants with the University of Malaya); China (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Royal Society grant); Brazil (University of Campinas, Royal Society and Researchers Link Grants; Ghana (on a Royal Society Africa Grant); South Africa (Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Academic Partnership Grant); Egypt (Institutional Link), together with UK collaborators from Southampton, Heriot-Watt University, University of Limerick, and the Polytechnic University of Milan, who were partners in our UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) and Erasmus Mundus projects.”

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