The Scottish Optoelectronics Association (SOA) is a community for all photonics and photonics-enabled organisations in Scotland.

The SOA’s mission is to make Scotland the place to be for photonics. Working on behalf of our members, we represent, campaign and lobby to key stakeholders, provide a range of events, working groups and networking opportunities, and form national and international links between industry, academia and RTOs.

Founded in 1994, it is one of the oldest national photonics organisations in the world and remains one of the largest technology communities in Scotland. As a founding member of the International Optoelectronics Association (IOA), the SOA is well-connected across the technology landscape of Scotland, the UK, Europe and globally, making its reach and influence truly global. As of 2016, the SOA is managed by Technology Scotland, the trade association for Enabling Technologies in Scotland.

Ultimately, our goal is simple: to raise the profile of the sector, help grow this thriving cluster, and drive innovation in photonics in Scotland

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aThe SOA supports the Photonics Community in Scotland by:

  • Building on the international recognition that the SOA has established over its 25 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 sect

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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, Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering
  • Allan Colquhoun, Leonardo
  • Megan Coghill, Thales UK
  • Duncan Walker, Walker Optics
  • Mat Wasley, Knowledge Transfer Network

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