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Welsh Opto-electronics Forum

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Welsh Opto-electronics Forum profile

The Welsh Opto-electronics Forum operates across the whole of Wales. It is a vibrant consortium of Welsh companies, University research groups, users, and support organisations dedicated to the development and profitability of the opto-electronics sector. Our objectives are to bring together people and organisations, thereby facilitating the process of research, knowledge transfer, and the generation of business opportunities.

Benefits of membership include:

FORUM MEETINGS

A regular programme of technical meetings with leading speakers, exhibition facilities, and congenial networking opportunities is offered.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Specific seminars provide information on Welsh, UK, and European funding opportunities. Collaboration is encouraged and facilitated between member organisations.

CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT

The creation of OpTIC (Opto-electronics, Technology and Incubation Centre) was probably the most significant cluster initiative led by WOF, with WEFO Objective 1 funding. The centre now comes under Glynd?r University’s banner.

NEWS

A regular Newsletter promoting members’ organisations, new products, research achievements, and other events of note. The WOF Newsletter is distributed internationally.

INTERNET

A dedicated website (www.wof.org.uk) with details of Forum activities, profiles of members, useful organisations, areas of expertise and interest, including links to members own sites.

PROMOTION

Opportunities are sought for members’ activities to be featured in the national and local press. With its partners, WOF has been able to offer subsidised exhibition space at national and international exhibitions. WOF promotes cluster-to-cluster activities and members are encouraged to take up opportunities on outward missions.

EDUCATION

Links to the education sector raise the profile of opto-electronics in schools, FE, and HE institutes. WOF has also developed the concept of a Photonics Academy which offers a route to a range of skills training to meet the needs of industry. The vision is to bring opto-electronics awareness from age 11 to postgraduate research activities.

INFLUENCE

WOF is represented on national and international committees and organisations in the industry sector, giving opportunities to influence national strategies and funding policies.