Fortnightly What’s On Newsletter | 19th Apr 2021

Dear Chapter members, alumni, and friends,

Here is our first newsletter email, and we are delighted to announce several upcoming events.

First of all, there is the talk by Prof. Kishan Dholakia happening this Friday. Do not miss it out! You still have an option to RSVP by 2 pm today to a Social Dinner with Prof. Kishan Dholakia which takes place on Thursday.

The International Day of Light is approaching: many activities are organised to celebrate this day. You can find more information below.

If you have any suggestions, questions, or feedback, you are very welcome to contact us directly or via a Microsoft form.

Stay tuned, and have a great week ahead!

Liza and Marcus,

OSA & SPIE Student Chapter
Australian National University


This Friday, Prof. Kishan Dholakia from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK, is giving a talk in Huxley Lecture Theatre.

A Zoom-streaming will be available via the link or using the meeting’s ID 5518753238 and password 30624700.

Prof. Kishan Dholakia will give an overview of his group’s work, including optical trapping, beam shaping and metrology. He will then focus on the methods for shaping light for biomedical applications. It will include the use of propagation invariant beams, multiphoton approaches and the use of deep learning.

The event is sponsored by TMOS, ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems, and our student chapter.

There will be a Social Dinner with Prof. Dholakia at 6:30 pm on Thursday, 22 April. The dinner is happening at the Indian Accent; we are splitting the bill. Please let Marcus know by 2 pm today (Monday) if you are coming and have not RSVP’ed yet.

The International Day of Light (IDL) is approaching. It is held on May 16th every year, the anniversary of the first successful operation of the laser in 1960 by physicist and engineer Theodore Maiman.

IDL is a global initiative that provides an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. The broad theme of light will allow many different sectors of society worldwide to participate in activities that demonstrate how science, technology, art and culture can help achieve the goals of UNESCO – education, equality, and peace.

An event programme can be found on the IDL official website.

You can tag your posts or images related to the IDL by the #LightDay2021 hashtag.

The SPIE Annual International Day of Light Photo Contest aims to raise awareness about IDL and the vital role that light and light-based technologies play in daily life.

The 2021 contest opens on IDL, 16 May 2021. Amateur and professional photographers alike submit photos for a chance to win US$2,500.

You can have a look at the winning images of the 2020 contest.

Thank you for expressing your interest in attending the Photonics Industry Event organised by Katie Chong from Baraja and Sarah Lau from Finisar in Sydney on Friday, 21 May.

We have reached the cap of attendees from our ANU chapter!

If you have RSVP’ed but cannot attend, please let Marcus or Liza know as soon as possible.

If you have not RSVP’ed yet but want to attend, you can be added to a waiting list. We are trying our best to get a larger number of attendees approved by the organisers.

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