The IOP Innovation Awards provides a platform for the winners to engage with leaders in business, policy-making and academia.
The winning companies appear at a celebratory event, where they have the opportunity to explain the physics behind their innovations and show how this has contributed to their success. It is an engaging demonstration of the commercial value of physics research and development.
IOP Innovation Awards 2013 exhibition
The IOP Innovation Awards 2013 were presented by the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP at a reception in Parliament. Representatives from Coherent Scotland, Elekta, Simpleware, Tracerco and Zephir received their Award in front of an audience of MPs, peers, people from industry and academia, and representatives from several catapult centres, which help to turn innovative ideas into products and services.
Dr Cable spoke of physics being a key discipline that lay behind engineering and was at the root of innovation across a range of industries. The Institute’s president, Dr Frances Saunders, introduced Dr Cable and described how physics not only helped to enable technologies and to create jobs, but also inspired young people who would become the scientists to tackle the challenges of the future.
During the presentations the audience saw videos of each winning innovation, which together have impact in a diverse range of sectors from medical technologies to aerospace, oil and gas to renewable energy.