Last week the SPIE Student Chapter gathered four of leaders in photonics from around Cambridge. Professor Sir Richard Friend, Director of the Maxwell Centre, Professor Andrea Ferrari, Director of the Graphene Centre, Professor Jeremy Baumberg, Director of the Nanophotonics Centre, and Professor Oren Scherman, Director of the Melville Laboratory gathered to discuss the future of research.
Each of the esteemed speakers gave a fifteen minute presentation of their work, and speculated about the future of their research. Following this, the professors took part in a lively panel discussion, with questions directed at the panel from an audience of around 100 graduate and postgraduate students.
As well as some serious discussion around the topics of scientific funding and undergraduate teaching, the panel also shared some laughter whilst discussing the pros and cons of their respective fields, and their past interactions.
Following the talks, the audience were invited to join the professors at a drinks reception with wine and pizza being provided by the student chapter, a perfect chance for the professors to answer any further questions they had evaded during the panel discussion.
The SPIE Cambridge Student Chapter would like to thank the Winton Programme for Physics of Sustainability, the Sensor Doctoral Training Center (CambridgeSense) and the Integrated Photonics and Electronics System Center for Doctoral Training (IPES CDT) for their sponsorship for this event.