Fortnightly What’s On Newsletter | 10th May 2021

Dear Chapter members, alumni, and friends,

Thank you for attending the Social Dinner with Prof. Kishan Dholakia as well as his wonderful talk Shaping the Future of Biomedical Imaging. There is a featured photo of the first 2021 in-person school-wide seminar at the RSPhys above. The event was sponsored by TMOS, ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems, and our student chapter.

We are delighted to announce several upcoming events attributed to The International Day of Light here, in our second newsletter email.

First of all, we are going to have a Movie & Pizza Night this Friday, do not miss it out. Secondly, you can support our Chapter members who participate in TMOS Photo Competition, vote for them on Twitter. Thirdly, we are looking for judges for the annual Student Talk Competition within the Optical Physics course, express your interest. Fourthly, we are going to run a Series of Interviews with our Chapter members about their research. Please find more information below.

Last but not least, we are pleased to announce that Professor Dragomir Neshev, Director of TMOS, kindly agreed to become a co-advisor of our OSA Student Chapter!

Stay tuned, have a great week ahead, and see most of you on Friday’s Movie Night,

Liza and Marcus,

OSA & SPIE Student Chapter
Australian National University


This Friday, there is our first event of the Celebrate Diversity & Inclusion Series: Movie & Pizza Night at 5.30 pm in the Conference Room (Level 4, Physics South).

The movie Radioactive (2019) is a 2019 British biographical drama film about Marie Curie (1867-1934) and her Nobel Prize-winning work that changed the world. IMDb 6.2/10.

Please note that the room capacity can be limited. You can reserve your place by emailing to Marcus or Liza.


Three of our Chapter members participate in the Photo Competition organised by TMOS this year. They are Jingshi Yan, Marcus Cai, and Neuton Li. You can support them on Twitter, please check @MetaOptics account.

Student Talk Competition is traditionally organised by the Chapter for Optical Physics course students. It will take place on Tuesday, 25 May, via Zoom, and will be followed by lab tours.

The talks will be marked by PhD students from the OSA&SPIE Student Chapter and the experiment demonstrators of the course.

We are looking for PhD students from the Chapter who would like to participating in marking the student talks. Judges are required to attend both online sessions: 11 am – 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm – 4 pm. Please express your interest by emailing to Liza by Monday, 23 May.

Our Media Officer Anha is going to organise a Series of Interviews with the Chapter members about their research. If you are interested to be one of the first interviewee, you are welcome to send an email to Anha for more details.

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! However, an online option for this event will be available for the talks and panel discussion, please register for the “online only” ticket if you wish to attend the event virtually.

If you have any questions, please let Marcus or Liza know.

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.

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.

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