The UK’s optics and photonics community will find out in the next two months whether or not one of the country’s new “Turing” technology and innovation centers will include a specified photonics element. The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s report on the proposed Technology and Innovation Centres (TICs), which will receive total funding of £200 million over the next four years, said that the initiative has been broadly welcomed by all those queried by the committee. In its report, published February 17, the committee made a number of recommendations, notably that the TICs should be called “Turing Centres”, after the computing pioneer and famed World War II code-breaker Alan Turing.