The IOP Innovation Awards Exhibition provides a platform for the winning companies to showcase their innovations to leaders in business, academia, policy-making and the wider public.
The companies have the opportunity to explain the physics behind their innovations and show how this has contributed to their success, making the exhibition an engaging demonstration of the commercial potential of physics research and development.
On 3 October, the four winning companies chosen in 2012 appeared at the first public exhibition in central London. Aurox Ltd (accompanied by representatives from Carl Zeiss), Naneum Ltd, The Technology Partnership plc and ZBD Displays Ltd were joined by a packed and enthusiastic crowd at the InterContinental Hotel on the afternoon of the IOP Awards dinner. Attendees enjoyed lively displays of the winning innovations and were shown films of the companies at work. Professor Sir Peter Knight and Professor Paul Hardaker (IOP President and CEO, respectively) spoke at the event and highlighted the importance of physics-based businesses to the wider economy.
The future of the exhibition
Following the success of the exhibition in 2012, the Institute is aiming to build on this next year, bringing the event to a wider audience and to the attention of key policy-makers in Parliament. We will be announcing further details about the 2013 exhibition in due course, so please keep checking IOP.org for information.