Following our society debut in the Fresher’s Fair, the Welcome Party was held on the 24th of October 2016 in the Cavendish Laboratory Pippard Lecture Theatre. The event attracting around 40 students from various research field spanning over Optoelectronics, NanoPhotonics, Quantum Optics, Material Sciences and Biophysics.
The meeting started with a presentation by the Chapter President Jiangbin Zhang. He indorduced the field of optics and photonics with examples of light technology which have shaped our daily lives. For example the most precise atomic clocks which are the basis of GPS, solar cell technology which have the potential to provide the world with 'green' energy, ergonomic curved LED TVs bringing the display technology into a new era. Following that, he introduced the aims and milestones of SPIE and how student members could benefit from various scholarship programs and from attending SPIE conferences. Focusing on our chapter, he briefly introduced the status of this new chapter and the committee members. After this general introduction, Arfa Karani (Vice-President) described the Chapter's plan to launch a lecture series of prominent scientists in the field of optics and photonics, and the possibility of a Journal Club to discuss cutting edge research in smaller groups. Subsequently Dale Waterhouse, the Student Chapter outreach officer gave an outline about different levels of outreach activities in schedule with the Cambridge Science Festival, Physics at Work and the like, to increase the awareness of the public.
Thanks to the grant from SPIE, free pizza and drinks were available after the talk. This offered a fantastic opportunity for our attendees and Committee members to network and socialise.
The slides presented at the Welcome Event can be found below: