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Webcast - Communication and outreach in photonics






With photonics competing with other industries for talent, investment and recognition, how can the industry pull together to increase its profile and engage key stakeholders?  Learn important communication lessons as our speakers discuss what the wider photonics industry can learn from their experiences.

Key discussion points include:

    • The power of language in recruitment and outreach
    • How industry can support the development of the workforce
    • What companies should be doing to attract and retain talent
    • Case studies on the successful engagement of key stakeholders

Please note this webcast is pre-recorded. There will be an opportunity to send questions to our speakers following the webcast.



Dr Pearl John
Public engagement leader, Future Photonics Hub, University of Southampton

Pearl works full-time to encourage school/college students to enrol at Universities in the South East of England to study physics and astronomy, as well as to communicate the research of the university to the public. Pearl also teaches the Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme module for physics, sending undergraduate students into local schools to run short projects to help teach physics. She has a continuing interest in art and photonics technology, having just completed a PhD in holography, and exhibits her work internationally.  

Dr Jose Pozo
Chief technology officer, Optica

Jose leads outreach to the optics and photonics industry at Optica. He has spent more than 25 years working in photonics. Prior to joining Epic in 2015 as CTO, Jose was a senior photonics technology consultant with PNO Consultants, with some of the main accounts such as Cern, Thales and TE Connectivity. He has worked at TNO, The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, and as a post-doctoral researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, where he contributed to the early development of Effect Photonics.

Dr Kirsty Annand 
External engagement manager, PIADS CDT, Queen's University Belfast 

Co-founder, Opening Up Photonics

Kirsty is responsible for engaging with the university's stakeholder base to develop partnerships that meet the demands of industry today, as well as cultivating new partnerships and commercial links for the Centre. She is also the co-founder Opening Up Photonics, an initiative helping the photonics industry attract a more diverse workforce, with a particular focus on closing the sector’s gender gap.

Jessica Rowbury, Editor, Electro Optics 


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