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EPSRC CIMP team to lead £10 million National Manufacturing Hub

The EPSRC funded Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics is to lead one of two £10 million research centres that will transform the UKís manufacturing industries through the use of photonics, the science and technology of light...

Outstanding PhD student is EPSRC UK ICT Pioneers 2015 category winner

Callum Littlejohns, from Southamptonís Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), has won first prize for the Information Overload category in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Councilís (EPSRCís) UK ICT Pioneers competition...

CIMP 'light' garden wins public engagement award

An EPSRC-funded public engagement project, hosted at RHS Tatton in July, has won most innovative public engagement project by SEPnet (South East Physics Network)...

PhD Student wins Best Student Paper

PhD student Reza Sandoghchi has won the award for best student paper this year at the European Conference for Optics and Communications (ECOC), the largest argest conference on Optical Communications in Europe. He is celebrating by donating his prize money to charity...

CIMP attends Manufacturing the Future

The Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics participated in EPSRC's Manufacturing the Future exhibition and conference, hosted last week in Cambridge by the Institute of Manufacturing...

Reflecting Photonics garden wins Peopleís Choice Award

Reflecting Photonics, the International Year of Light garden sponsored by two centres at the University of Southampton has been voted Best Garden in the People's Choice Awards...

Innovative processing of 2D films paves the way for volume optical device production

Researchers at the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics at Southamptonís ORC have successfully fabricated and characterised large-area 2D films of molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) at room temperature...

EPSRC CIMP researchers manufacture record length of high-performance photonic bandgap fibre

Researchers at the EPSRC's Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics have successfully manufactured a record 11km of a special type of optical fibre; hollow core photonic bandgap fibre (HC-PBGF), a type of fibre that until now had only been made in lengths of hundreds of metres...

EPSRC CIMP sponsors IYL2015 Garden

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics (EPSRC CIMP) at the ORC is joining with Elks-Smith Landscape & Garden Design to create a UN IYL2015 themed garden at...

Chalcogenide fibres light the way for brain-like computing

Computers that function like the human brain, using optical fibres made of speciality glass, could soon become a reality according to new research...

ChAMP Advanced Materials conference
breaks attendance records

The Chalcogenide Advance Manufacturing Partnership (ChAMP) open day drew record breaking audience numbers for an industry day at the University of Southampton...

Photonic Manufacturing Research Hub bid shortlist success

The Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) is pleased to announce that its outline bid for a High-Value Photonic Manufacturing Research Hub has been short-listed to proceed to the next stage of full proposal evaluation...

Roadshow engages with Advanced Materials

Photonex Southampton is co-located with ChAMP's (Chalcogenide Advanced Manufacturing Partnership's) open day examining the next generation of advanced optoelectronic materials and light...

Celebrating the International Year of Light 2015

The UK Photonics Portal, through the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics, has become an official sponsor of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015), the United Nations observance that aims to raise awareness of the achievements of light science and its applications, and its importance to humankind..

EPSRC funded scientists light the way for future electronic devices

The University of Southampton is part of a new £120 million national network of Quantum Technology Hubs, that will put its cutting-edge research in quantum sensors at the forefront of future technologies to drive the UKís economy...

EPSRC funded scientists light the way for future electronic devices

EPSRC funded research at the Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics has demonstrated how glass can be manipulated to create electronic devices that will be smaller, faster and consume less power..

New technique to help produce next generation photonic chips

Researchers from the University of Southampton have developed a new technique to help produce more reliable and robust next generation photonic chips.

EPSRC funded scientists grow a new challenger to graphene

A team of researchers from the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics has announced a new way to fabricate a potential challenger to graphene.

EPSRC Manufacturing the Future

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics is exhibiting at the EPSRC's Manufacturing the Future Conference in Glasgow on September 23-24. Come along and meet our team. Register at

Wolfson Award for EPSRC CIM Centre investigator

The Royal Society, the UKís national academy of science, has awarded Professor Graham T. Reed, a co-investigator at the Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics, a Wolfson Research Merit Award for his outstanding research.

3 Apr 2014: Photonics Industry Day Success

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics held its biennial photonics Industry Day on April 2nd 2014. Attended by over 70 delegates, the programme agenda created a forum for delegates from the 30 industrial organisations represented to hear the latest reported findings on the Centre's research over the past two years and to engage in discussions regarding forthcoming opportunites for collaboration.

18 Feb 2014: Photonics Industry Day Announced

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics is holding its biennial industry day on Wednesday 2nd April 2014. To register visit our Eventbrite page at the link above, or contact our event organiser, Deanna Standen directly.

11 Dec 2013: New national photonics portal launches

A new national web portal for photonics is being launched today with a key aim of mapping the UKís activity in the sector so that industry and academia can discover resources and collaborators.

16 Oct 2013: Press Conference in conjunction with Photonex UK

Come along and join industry, academia, and government representatives in a debate on technological leadership in the UK Photonics industry. Panellists will share their perspectives on the competitiveness and innovation capability of the UK in Photonics.

22 Oct 2013: Photonics for the 21st Century - Sector Funding and Activity Update

Meet Dr John Lincoln, EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics, Outreach Manager at this industry event hosted by SEPNET and ESP KTN.


19 Dec 2012: New Dynamic Dual-Core Optical Fiber Enhances Data Routes on Information Superhighway

Optical fibers, the backbone of the Internet, carry movies, messages, and music at the speed of light. But for all their speedy efficiency, these ultrathin strands of pristine glass must connect to sluggish signal switches, routers, and buffers in order to transmit data.


8 Oct 2012: Laser processing advances for micro and nano-scale manufacturing

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics is exhibiting at the AILU workshop at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on Wednesday 7th November. Dr John Lincoln will be on hand to answer questions about our work in Photonics and partnership opportunities throughout the day.


10 Sep 2012: National Outreach Manager Appointed

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr John Lincoln into the role of National Outreach Manager. John's first action has been to attend the National Outreach Manager's session at the EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing Director's Meeting.


21 Jun 2012: EPSRC team at Farnborough 2012

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics is exhibiting in the Innovation Zone, Stand 11-13. The stand will highlight the importance of manufacturing in the UK, through Photonics, Additive Manufacturing, Intelligent Automation, Ultra Precision, Through-Life Engineering, Composite technologies.

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9 Jan 2010: £70 million boost for UK manufacturing

Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, announces government investment of £70 million in a series of state-of-the-art manufacturing research centres across the UK, one of the first of which is to be at the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton.