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:
After being approved by SPIE Student Office in August this year, SPIE Cambridge Student Chapter participated in this year’s two-day Cambridge University Fresher’s Fair event from 4th-5th October. Our aim was to introduce ourselves to Cambridge students, especially to new arrivals in Cambridge.
In the venue, we put up two enlightening posters brought from the SPIE conference, which illustrate the nature of light – particle-wave duality (See picture below). This actually drew many people’s attention to our stall and raised many questions about the physics of light and about our chapter. We are not surprised that many undergraduates and postgraduates signed up to our chapter from various backgrounds, such as Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Biology and etc. Indeed, we are quite impressed by a mother of a middle school child, saying that her son had interested in physics, especially light and optics. We are also encouraged by a PI in Cambridge, “It is a promising society. Good job!”
Jiangbin Zhang, President of our chapter, was interviewed by the radio team to broadcast our chapter around the stadium. He said, “We are quite fascinated by the broad field of optics and photonics, not only because it is related to such wide scientific research fields but also that light technology has been transforming our life.”
We are proud to say that we have 104 people signed up to our mailing list. Among them, around 40 were undergraduates mainly with science and engineering backgrounds. There were also around 50 postgraduates coming from different departments. This event is just a starting point for this new chapter.
We are happy to announce our first social activity, ‘Welcome Party’, starting at 5.30 pm on October 24 in Pippard Lecture Theatre in Cavendish Laboratory. We warmly welcome our potential SPIE student members to attend this informal gathering with some drinks and food, and share your ideas with us.