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Head of UK’s first Fraunhofer Centre is announced

05 November 2012

Fraunhofer's new UK headquarters has appointed its first Head of Centre. Professor Martin Dawson, of the University of Strathclyde, takes up the role this month.

Professor Martin Dawson
Professor Martin Dawson

The Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics – the first of its kind in the UK – is a strategic collaboration between the University and Fraunhofer, Europe's largest contract research organisation. It will provide laser research and associated technologies for a variety of sectors, including security, healthcare, energy and transport.

The Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics has been created with funding from Fraunhofer, the University, the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council. The Fraunhofer Centre will initially be based in bespoke University of Strathclyde accommodation, where custom-built laser laboratories have been created.

In due course Fraunhofer will be a key tenant in the University’s Technology and Innovation Centre, due to open in 2014, which aims to transform the way universities, business and industry collaborate to find solutions to global challenges, create jobs and support the economy.

Professor Dawson said: “The new Fraunhofer Centre provides a great opportunity for the industrial photonics community in Scotland and the UK, whilst also providing a new and effective path for university research to progress towards full economic impact. “We have received a very warm reception from industrial partners and government and we  look forward to working closely with businesses across the UK and with Strathclyde and other university partners."

Professor Dawson, who has more than 30 years’ experience of applied research in photonics, will continue to be the Director of Research for the University’s Institute of Photonics.

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