United Kingdom and Ireland Chapter



**Meeting Notice**

UK/IRL Chapter Online Seminar

Reflections on Displayweek

Sam Phenix and Ed Buckley offer their personal insights into Displayweek 2024.

June 27th 7-8pm BST

Sam's 25+ year career has spanned engineering, business development, and corporate leadership. She has a history of driving display technology innovations across multiple, demanding vertical markets, while serving in leadership roles at companies such as Leyard, Planar, Intel, Dell, and Barco. Sam now runs a consulting business, and is a founder and board member of Magwire, Inc. She is an active member of the Audio Visual (AV) community; having previously served as the Chair of AVIXA board of directors, as well as director at large for the AVIXA Foundation board. She is also heavily involved with SID, volunteering to lead several different initiatives over the years and currently serving on the board of directors as the Regional Vice President for the Pacific and South Americas.

Ed Buckley is Vice President, Augmented Reality Solutions, of Swave Photonics, based in Leuven, Belgium and Silicon Valley.  He is a recognized display expert, having taken numerous novel display technologies from the lab bench to production. He is also a prolific inventor having accumulated more than 90 granted patents. At Swave, he leads the development of Augmented Reality reference designs based upon Swave’s breakthrough HXRTM holographic solutions


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Ben Sturgeon Award

Rank Prize Fund
Dr. Anthony Lowe Award


SID UK and Ireland Chapter 2024 meeting and AGM

Thursday March 14th

SID UK & Ireland hosted an in-person one day meeting on novel display technologies and display applications in the automotive industry.

The meeting was at the Institute of Physics in London, close to Kings Cross St Pancras Station.  The meeting created a perfect opportunity to network in person with leaders in the field.

Speakers included: ARRIVAL EV, FlexEnable, VividQ, Microsoft, Kubos Semiconductors, UltraLeap, Swave Photonics, BrightView Technologies, Pro-Lite and PragmatIC.

A video of the event can be found here.  Thanks to Dominic Murphy for the video footage (dominic@dofilm.org +44 7715 639066).

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We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2023 SID Ben Sturgeon award, is Sarabjot Kaur. Sarabjot’s scientific career has centred on liquid crystal materials and devices, and the award is made for her contribution to two fields of LC science in particular. The first is her work on tunable optical devices, directed toward applications in variable power contact lenses. Her contributions in that field include the introduction of a new operating mode for those devices which offers a polarization-independent off state – markedly improving the clarity and user experience of the devices, and her demonstration of devices using graphene electrodes which overcome the shortcomings of ITO electrodes by offering a flexible transparent layer which can be coated under mild conditions. In addition, Sarabjot made important contributions to the design of these devices, including aspects from optical performance and manufacturing tolerances to power coupling.

A further area in which Sarabjot has made important contributions, is that of bent core LC systems where she extended our understanding of the phase behaviour, elastic constants, dielectric properties and flexoelectric constants of a range of materials. Understanding of these properties defines the scope for the challenging target of incorporating bent core LCs in device applications.

The UK chapter were unanimous in confirming the award to Sarabjot, and offer their congratulations to her.


The Ben Sturgeon award is presented annually by the UK SID chapter, for significant achievements in display science and technology. The award is named in memory of Dr Bennett Sturgeon, who as Development Director of Merck at Poole led the manufacturing process development and commercialisation of the cyanobiphenyl liquid crystals and a number of other families of LC compounds and mixtures, laying the foundation for the first successful generations of liquid crystal displays in consumer and professional products.

***Link to SID's Webinar archive - note webinars are only published with speaker's permission.***

Past Meetings:

UK/IRL in-person meeting and AGM, 14th March 2024

"Holographic displays for AR" - Dr Ed Buckley, 13th February 2024

"Achieving Energy Efficiency in Red microLEDs for the next generation of microLED Displays" - Caroline O'Brien, Webinar, 16th January 2024

"Building the future of Semiconductor Lighting with Surface Emitting SLEDs" - Dr Juan Morales, Webinar, 6th December 2023

"Emissive displays using Organic Thin-Film Transistor Technology" - Dr Simon Ogier, Webinar, 7th November 2023

"Development of the first wireless dynamic focus liquid crystal contact lenses" - Dr James Bailey, Webinar, 25th October 2023

"Can we tame the light waves?" - Prof Mohsen Rahmani, Webinar, 19th September 2023

"Waveguides for Augmented Reality Displays" - Dr Andreas Georgiou, Webinar, 12th July 2023

"Flexible LC optics and displays for curved and biaxially formed active surfaces" - Dr Paul Cain, FlexEnable, Webinar, 28th June 2023

"Perovskites for In-Pixel Colour Conversion" - Dr Bernard Wenger, Helio Display Materials, Webinar, 12th April 2023

2022 SID session at ITC 2022, University of Surrey, Guildford, 15th Sept 2022

2020 SID session at InnoLAE 2020, Wellcome Genome Camplus, Cambridge, 21st Jan 2020

"Emerging technologies for displays" - Programme

2019 AGM and 1-Day Technical Meeting, CSA Catapult Innovation Centre, Newport, Wednesday 20th November 2019,

"Compound Semiconductors for Display Applicaitons" - Programme

2018 AGM and Evening Technical Meeting, UCL, 28th Nov 2018.

"Integrated Photonics and Electronics for Displays" - Programme

2018 LCD 50th Anniversary Meeting, Royal Academy of Engineering, 7th June 2018

Programme   Report   Review Article in "Liquid Crystals Today"

2017 1-day Technical Meeting, Flexenable, 24th October 2017

"Emerging Display Technologies" - Programme

2017 - Free Technical Meeting, BBC R+D, 27th Feb 2017

"HDR and the Future of TV" - Programme


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UK and Ireland Chapter Committee List


Prof Tim Wilkinson


Vice Chair




Dr Peter Wyatt



Paul Lacey


Communications Officer

Tim Large


Membership Secretary

Jiaqi Liu



SID 50th Anniversary

As part of the UK & Ireland Chapter's response to the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Society for Information Display, two members have written articles:

UK Contributions to LCD Technology

We are indebted to Professor Peter Raynes, a pivotal figure in the development of LCD technology in the UK for his recollections of key moments of discovery.


Notes on the Development of the UKI Chapter

We also thank Dr John Mansell, an active committee member of the UK & Ireland chapter for his account of its founding.

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