The Scottish Optoelectronics Association (SOA) is the 3rd oldest National Optoelectronics association
in the world, and was a founding member of the International Optoelectronics Association.

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The Scottish Optoelectronics Association (SOA) is the 3rd oldest National Optoelectronics association in the world, and was a founding member of the International Optoelectronics Association. Formed in 1994, it is a dynamic, community led organisation with a strong history of supporting all photonics and photonics-enabled companies and organisations in Scotland.

As of 2016, management of the SOA was officially undertaken by Technology Scotland, and the association is now one of our key Special Interest Groups. By bringing the SOA in to our porfolio and providing dedicated management, Technology Scotland has re-galvanised the Association and its work, helping to grow the organisation and meet the needs of its members, as well as promoting the photonics sector in Scotland and further afield.

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As one of our key Special Interest Groups, Technology Scotland will continue to support the Photonics Community in Scotland by:

  • Building on the international recognition that the SOA has established over its 22 year history
  • Representing and promoting the community at both national and international levels
  • Voicing concerns and challenges faced by the industry to all key stakeholders
  • Supporting the work of the community through a network of events and activities aimed at driving discussion and facilitating collaboration
  • Providing access to skills development and funding opportunities
  • Ensuring our members have the opportunity to engage first hand with key stakeholders across the sector

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Membership of the SOA is open to any Technology Scotland member with an interest in the Scottish Optoelectronics community.

To become a member, you must first sign up as a Member of Technology Scotland, after which you can join the SOA and a range of other Special Interest Groups at no additional cost and become a leading player in Scotland’s flourishing Emerging & Enabling community.

Technology Scotland membership gives you access to a wealth of member benefits, including:

  • Full membership of the SOA, and, full access to other Technology Scotland managed Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
  • Access to the entire SOA archive, including valuable reports and presentations
  • Attendance at any Technology Scotland Event either completely free of charge or at a discounted rate
  • Access to partner organisations such as EPIC, Photonics21, The PLG, The IOA, and other Photonics Clusters.
  • A range of marketing and promotional opportunities through local, national and international representation, including coverage at Technology Scotland events and partner events; speaking opportunities; and promotion through our website, social media channels, newsletter and more.
  • Access to key industry collateral including a Premium listing within a new Capability Directory for the Emerging and Enabling Technology Sector.
  • Improved access to funding streams, through engagement with key stakeholders at local events and workshops
  • Collective representation to Scottish and UK government through a single cohesive voice

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Current SOA Council Members are:

  • Dr Chris Dorman, Coherent Scotland, Chairman
  • Simon Andrews, Fraunhofer UK Ltd
  • Dr Caroline Cantley, SPRe
  • Allan Colquhoun, Leonardo
  • Duncan Walker, Walker Optics
  • Mat Wasley, Knowledge Transfer Network

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