Fraunhofer creates applied photonics research hub in UK

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Europe’s largest organisation for applied research, is to create a new Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics at Strathclyde University.

According to a statement, the centre will be a hub for industry-driven laser research and technology for sectors, including healthcare, security, energy and transport.

At the same time Fraunhofer will establish UK headquarters — Fraunhofer UK Research — at the university, which will be the umbrella organisation for additional UK-based research centres.

The Fraunhofer Centre will be based in the university’s Technology and Innovation Centre, which was launched in March 2011.

The new Fraunhofer Centre is funded by Fraunhofer and the university, the Scottish government, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council.

The UK headquarters and the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics will join a growing community of Fraunhofer Centres globally.

Fraunhofer has more than 20,000 employees in more than 80 research units in Germany and is establishing centres throughout Europe, Asia and North America, most recently at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.