CDT students co-organise Exeter-Bath Knowledge Transfer conference

During October 2019, some of our CDT students hosted a one-day student conference at the University of Exeter. This was co-organised with some PhD students from the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials (CPPM) from University of Bath- the “Exeter-Bath Knowledge Transfer”. The aim of this event was to bring together researchers from both institutions and share the research that is being carried out in optics and photonics. In total, 23 students attended this event (9 from Bath, 14 from Exeter) and had the opportunity to present their work and learn about each other’s research projects. This event was useful for interchanging ideas and to begin establishing a network between the CPPM and CDT.

The program of the conference consisted of several oral presentations, some white board explanations and a poster session. At the end of the conference, our students gave a tour around some of the laboratories and the nanofabrication clean room facilities. Finally, a social was held at the Imperial to end a successful day.

The Exeter-Bath Knowledge Transfer event was organised thanks to seed funding that Iago Rodriguez Diez, Harry Penketh, Ben Hogan and students from the CPPM obtained from the collaborative discussion-led incubator workshop “Light@Bath”. This workshop took place in May at University of Bath for the International Day of Light and was supported by the EPSRC-funded project Reimagining Recruitment. The purpose of the event was to bring together researchers who work in photonics in order to exchange ideas, propose problems that are yet to be solved and generate collaborations. The outcome of this workshop was the organization of the one-day conference “Exeter-Bath Knowledge Transfer”.

Iago, one of our CDT students who co-ordinated the event, reported:

“This event was a very nice opportunity for getting to know what another research centre working in photonics does with light. As the main Exeter co-organizer of the event, this was a very good practice for me to challenge my organization and time management skills in terms of personal development. Thanks to everyone involved in the event!”

Ben Hogan is awarded SPIE IDL Micro Grant

Ben Hogan, fourth year CDT PGR, has been awarded a SPIE IDL Micro Grant for $2000- one of only two UK universities to receive it this year.

The UNESCO International Day of Light is a global initiative highlighting to the citizens of the world the importance of light and light-based technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for the development of society. SPIE IDL Micro Grants support local community events and activities that highlight the critical role that light plays in our daily lives. The grants are awarded globally on a competitive basis, with 14 awarded in 2019.

Ben will use the $2000 to run three concurrent events in April and May, to promote the critical role that light plays in our daily lives to the general public.



The events that will be run are as follows:
• A photo competition for the local community, themed around light.
• A poster competition for researchers, with the aim being to convey cutting-edge research in simple terms for non-specialists.
• Lighting up RAMM – On Saturday 18th May, PGRs will provide hands-on demonstrations, activities and displays in the RAMM museum in Exeter.
• Exeter EnLIGHTens – PGRs are inviting schoolchildren of all ages (and their teachers) to pose us their questions about light. PGRs will then answer as many of their questions as possible in the form of video demonstrations of practical experiments, which will be made freely available online.

As the events progress, information and updates can be found at or by following @ExUniOptPhotSoc on Twitter. Follow Ben’s research at