Oct 30

OSA Student Leadership Conference 2014

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On October 19th, representatives of OSA Student Chapters
from all over the world were invited to the OSA Student Leadership Conference in Tucson, Arizona.
Our chapter was represented by its vice president,
Siegfried Weisenburger.

After being welcomed by Liz Rogan, the CEO of OSA and having received some administrative information by OSA representatives, the participants engaged in some group work followed by discussions about the application review of activity grants. Thereafter, Olivier Guyon, a professor at the Department of Astronomy at the University of Arizona, gave a lecture on “Optical Tricks to Find and Study Exoplanets”. Later on, Alain Aspect from the Institute d’Optique in Palaiseau (France) gave an inspiring presentation on his career in which he argued that the best career plan is to follow one’s passion. Subsequently, James Fisher, vice president of Newport Corporation, spoke about “Asking the Right Questions to the Right People”. The program also included the presentation of the six finalists for the student chapter excellence awards and a poster session where chapters listed their activities over the past year or so.

As a surprise guest, the freshly selected Nobel Prize winner William E. Moerner dropped by, gave a short speech about the impact of super-resolution fluorescence microscopy and answered questions from the interested audience.

A common theme throughout the conference was of course the approaching International Year of Light 2015. It was discussed how OSA Student Chapters can contribute with events and activities to the promotion of light and photonics and how the importance of light to mankind can be conveyed to the general public.

Visit the gallery, to get some impressions from the meeting.



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