15:30 – 17:30

UKRI Hubs & Programme Grants: recent progress in optical communications, photonic technologies, quantum communications and quantum computing

Workshop chairs:

  • Prof Wladek Forysiak, Aston University
  • Prof Andrew Lord, BT

UKRI Programme Grants and Quantum Hubs are significant investments by EPSRC which provide long term flexible funding to world-leading research groups to address major research challenges in well-established major areas of photonics and optical communications, and to harness the UK’s strengths in quantum science towards new applications in quantum technologies.

Both Programme Grants and Quantum Hubs are strategic in nature, interdisciplinary, and highly collaborative.  They are considered critical mass investments which maintain the UK at the forefront of research in key enabling technologies, and seek to accelerate the translation of these technologies into the marketplace, to boost British business.

This workshop will bring together world-leading researchers from two major photonics programme grants: TRANSNET (UCL, Aston, and Cambridge University) and AIRGUIDE Photonics (Southampton University), with two of the Quantum Hubs: The EPSRC Hub in Quantum Computing and Simulation (Oxford, Bath, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Imperial, Royal Holloway, Southampton, Surrey, Sussex, Strathclyde, UCL, Warwick), and The ESPRC Quantum Communications Hubread (York, Bristol, Cambridge, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, Kent, NPL, Oxford, RAL Space, Sheffield, Strathclyde, Queen’s Belfast), to exchange the latest results, ideas and to explore new opportunities for cross-fertilisation and co-working across these research fields.


  • Prof Seb Savory, University of Cambridge
  • Prof Dominic O’Brien, University of Oxford
  • Prof David Richardson, University of Southampton
  • Sam Johnson, Innovate UK UKRI
  • Prof Tim Spiller, University of York


Workshop speakers