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.
Jiangbin Zhang, President of Cambridge SPIE chapter, attended this year’s student chapter workshop in 2016 SPIE Optics + Photonics conference in San Diego, California. Cambridge Student Chapter has been active since the start of August and this is our first time attending SPIE student chapter activities. Over 150 student chapter members from over 100 countries, attended this year’s program, most of which were supported by the SPIE Student Chapter Officer Travel Grant.
Academic, social and networking activities were held during this one-day Leadership Workshop. Gauthier Louette, CEO of SPIE, firstly gave an introduction which outlined his exploration of the different life opportunities, from academia to industry. He proposed a diverse career prospect for the next-generation scientists, for example, to advance the knowledge of gene technology for cancer treatment, to tackle climate change, and for the sustainable development of human beings. Following this talk, Jean-luc Doumont, Principiae of the Workshop, hosted the discussion entitled “Being a leader”. The most exciting part was a role play designed to mimic tough situations while running Student Chapters or any other groups in that regard. The activities greatly enables the attendees to improve their skills to tackle these practical problems.
In the following days, Jiangbin also attended ‘Lunch with expert’ where he had the chance to listen to the life story from Prof. Din Ping Tsai from National Taiwan University; in chapter outreach demonstration session, Jiangbin met the Student members from University of Southampton, watched various demonstration, and discussed experience of running student chapters.
SPIE Cambridge site is up and running!
Looking forward to the events and meetings ahead :)