Apr 20

4th MPL Games Night

On Wednesday, the 5th of April, the hbarOMEGA Student Chapter and the EPS Young Minds Section Erlangen organized the fourth MPL Games Night, by now an annual tradition at our institute. For the first time it took place in the Light Lounge of our new building which turned out to be the perfect location for this event. We were happy to welcome a lot of students from the whole institute to play console and board games (especially the Khet Laser board game) or chat while enjoying free snacks and beverages. We thank everyone for coming and make this a very nice and fun evening.

We also took some pictures which can be found here.

Apr 04

Annual Games Night

The hbar OMEGA student chapter, will be hosting the annual Games Night on Wednesday, the 5th April 2017 from 18:00. We would Like to invite all staff and student members of MPL and FAU to join us on this joyous event. Participants are more them welcome to bring their own board, computer or any other kind of games and enjoy the atmosphere and the snacks and beverages provided by the chapter.

We hope to see many of you there.


Feb 01

Lecture series “Physicists at work”

The event from the lecture series “Physicists at work”, co-organised by FAU`s physics department and our chapter, took place on the 26th of January at the university building. It welcomed around 40 students from the Max Planck Institute and FAU. The speakers, Dr. Christian Gabriel and Dr. Michael Förtsch, enjoyed a lively discussion with many questions from the audience continuing on the reception afterwards. Additionally our board took the opportunity to give a short tour of the new MPL building.

Some impressions of the lecture can be viewed in the gallery.


Jan 26

Lecture series “Physicists at work”

We would like to invite you to a lecture of the series “Physicists at work” co-organised by FAU`s physics department and our chapter. The event will take place today (26 January 2017) from 17h in lecture hall E in the physics building of the University. Two members of the MPL alumni will be present – namely Dr. Christian Gabriel and Dr. Michael Förtsch. The discussion will be followed by a reception with small bites and refreshments. More information can be found here.


Jan 17

Visit of Michael Duncan at MPL


On November 10 Michael Duncan, senior science advisor of the OSA, was visiting the MPL. In a presentation he described his current and former work in the OSA and pointed out how an OSA membership or the activity in an OSA student chapter can help one’s career. Our board took the opportunity to talk to Michael and to present our chapter activities.

Jan 12

Annual election of the board 2016

As set by the chapter bylaws, we held our annual election of the board on Dec 8.

We congratulate the new board members, especially the newly designated assistant officers, to their positions!

We thank the retired board member, vice-president Vanessa Chille, for her successful work and support for the OSA student chapter hbaromega Erlangen.

Nov 06

Technical Faculty turns 50 years!

Together with the OSA centennial, our technical faculty of the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg turned 50 years old. The occasion was celebrated by opening the doors of all faculty chairs to the public and showing off the science and engineering pwp_20161105_11_14_35_proerformed there.

Our student chapter had the chance to participate in the event and promote science and especially optics to the general public. Many interested people from industry as well as from the engineering departments dropped by to have a look at our polarization box or to learn more about the activities of OSA and EPS.

Check out our gallery here to get some impressions!


May 23

Bergkirchweih 2016

Following annual traditions our hbar Omega Student Chapter was visiting the “Erlanger Bergkirchweih” on the 19th of May. Despite the cloudy weather a number of chapter members from all of the institute divisions joined in this informal gathering, getting in touch and enjoying the famous Franconian Beer.

May 17

Blaue Nacht 2016

The “Blaue Nacht” is a famous cultural event, during which representatives from science and art present their work to the broad public of the residents of Nuremberg. This year’s event motto being ” Truth”, our Young Mind section was asked to present experiments around optical illusions and related phenomena.

Supported by the EPS Young Minds program
and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL), we set up a large number of experiments in the inner yard of the “Bildungszentrum” of the city of Nuremberg. Experiments covering topics such as refraction, total internal reflection, polarization effects and visual perception attracted a continious stream of interested visitors of all ages and educational levels over the whole night.

Our evening program was complemented by short presentations given by researchers of the MPL and members of our Young Minds section, which allowed the visitors to gain insights in ongoing research projects at the MPL and current hot-topics in modern optical science. The huge interest and over 800 visitors made this event a great sucess for us, making both fundamental optical phenomena and current research accessible to the broad public.

Check out the gallery here.

Apr 26

Games Night #3

On Thursday, the 21st of April, the hbarOMEGA Student Chapter and the EPS Young Minds Section Erlangen organized the third MPL Games Night. We welcomed a number of students from the whole institute and enjoyed a fun night with console games and board games alike. The chapter provided some snacks and free beverages. It was a fun evening for the members of the chapter and also some new people and we thank everybody for coming.

We also took some pictures of the event and they can be found here.

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