Technology prize for Scotland

Thales UK and Scottish Enterprise have announced the launch of The Thales Scottish Technology Prize for laser technology and applications.

The competition aims to strengthen links between Thales and Scotland’s academic community, as well as identifying opportunities for collaborative projects.

Prizes will be awarded for the most innovative ideas in using new laser technology applicable to Thales’ laser business. The winner of the first prize will be awarded £40,000 to support their current research.

Digital Markets and Enabling Technologies director Adrian Gillespie said: ‘This competition will help tease out the excellent optoelectronics research conducted by Scotland’s academic innovators and offer Thales new enabling technologies on which it can build future product innovations.’

Thales UK currently supports science and technology projects across Britain.

Thales UK vice chairman John Howe added: ‘We also have very strong links with UK universities and run a successful graduate recruitment and training programme. This year we will be taking on 120 graduates across the country. The themes of technology and education are at the heart of what we do, which is why we are so enthusiastic about supporting The Scottish Technology Prize.

‘We believe very strongly that this type of activity is crucial in raising the profile of engineering in the minds of young people as an exciting career for their future.’

The competition is open to all staff and students attending Scottish universities. The winner and finalists will be announced at a prize giving ceremony in December 2008. Full details of the competition are available at: