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Visit to the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

DSC_0701(1)On November 18th, SCOPE organised a night trip to the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory (SDSO) located in the edge of the Galloway Forest in Ayrshire.

During this visit twelve of our members had the chance to visit the SDSO centre and enjoy their indoors exhibition together with an astonishing sky observation outdoors allowed by the clear skies during the visit.

The observation was guided by two members of the SDSO staff that were operating two telescopes, one of which was inside an impressive 5 metre dome. With the mentioned equipment, we were able to observe some of the major objects in the Northern Hemisphere night sky including major constellations such as Cassiopeia, Orion or Pegasus, some galaxies like Andromeda, and even the planet Uranus.

During the observation we also received interesting explanations not only regarding the astronomical objects we were looking at but also about the process of observation itself. Moreover, we had the chance to practice night photography with some of our cameras and the help of the members of SDSO and their tripods.

After this, we visited the exhibition inside the SDSO centre that included some models of planets, astronaut missions and some Physics demonstrations.

We consider that this trip was a fantastic opportunity for SCOPE members to learn about Astronomy and the local facilities that currently exist in Scotland for this purpose. Moreover, we gained awareness about issues like light pollution that obstruct observation.

Finally, we would like to mention that this activity was also aimed to show SCOPE members that there are many career possibilities with a background of physics outside Academia, such as outreach in Astronomy.

Career Evening

EPSYM2017B24_1After a very successful first run last year, we wanted to repeat our SCOPE Career Evening which took place on October, 24 2017.
Three speakers, with a PhD in a natural science subject and a relation to Strathclyde University – either through their current job or past studies -, were invited. While the event last year was dominated by alumni working in the field of photonics, we wanted to mix things up more this year and hence, through successful internet searches, were able to engage a university lecturer with a research fellowship, an outreach officer and a business development manager to join us for the evening.
Each of the three gave a 15-20 minute presentation about their career path, their current positions and the career advice they gathered along the way and wanted to share with us. The talks turned out to be as varied as the speakers are: firstly in form, as they ranged from PowerPoint presentations to simply talking to us with some outreach props. But also in terms of content, we were able to gather both very practical career advice as well as more inspirational insight into how careers can develop and what aspects we should consider in our choices.
Finally, the evening was completed with a question and discussion round with all three speakers, before we finished off with a small reception during which speakers and audience could mingle a little more.
The audience consisted mostly of postgraduate students with some undergraduate students also attending and amounted to approximately 20-25 people. The feedback we received was overall positive and we take it as a positive sign that there was very lively discussion until the end of the evening.

Recruitment event

epsym2017b25As part of a developing SCOPE tradition, we welcomed, on October, 12 2017, new and not so new students to SCOPE with a start-of-the-semester social night.
Thanks to our EPS Young Minds grant, we were able to provide some food and drinks for the event and attracted about 30-35 students to our department’s common room in the evening. We started off with a short introduction to our student chapter and the activities that we are involved in during the year, in particular the upcoming chapter committee elections which was the centre of our recruitment efforts of the night.
After this official beginning, the rest of the evening was focused on networking, meeting and exchanging experiences with other students within the university. For the SCOPE committee, it was particularly also a good opportunity to find out more what kind of activities our members are interested in.
Throughout the night, we distributed our chapter business cards and had information and sign-up sheets for our mailing list displayed to fill in.
Although still a bit early to tell – as elections have not taken place yet -, our recruitment evening was very successful. A large number of new PhD and Master students attended with some very interested in our activities and how to officially join the chapter. A small number of undergraduate students also attended the event; this is a very positive sign, as we have recently increased our collaboration with the very undergraduate-oriented Physics Society at Strathclyde University in order to broaden our membership base further.
Overall, around ten people signed up to join our mailing list with some also already attending our follow-up event to the Welcome Night, a Career Evening at the end of November. As most current members of the SCOPE committee will step down this year due to their studies coming to an end, this event was very important for us in order to increase SCOPE’s visibility among students and ensure that we can find enough members for the new committee; we hope to have succeeded in this goal.

Get-Together-Meeting, Researchers Night and much more

school-in-a-different-way_group-photoAt the beginning of 2017, our newly formed section organized a Get-Together-Meeting, inviting the local SPIE and OSA chapters to present its proposed activities for 2017 and to extend an invitation to join the INFLPR YMS.

In February, our section has been invited by the Former President of the Romanian Physical Society to attend the meeting organized by the EPS-EC and EPS-CEI, taking place in Bucharest. This event presented great occasion for our section to be introduced to the public. The President and Vice-President of our section participated at the meeting, presenting the 1st Announcement of the sections’ international student conference, thus delivering the information to many EPS Member Societies.

Throughout the year, the INFLPR YMS organized laboratory visits at the National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics for kindergarten, primary, middle and high school pupils, thus providing participants an insight of the current scientific work carried out in the institute, and in the same time encouraging them to choose a career in research or academia. The President of the section also arranged small physics experiments, providing simple and concise explanations regarding fundamental physics phenomena in a funny and interactive way. It also has to be mentioned that in 2017, for the first time, INFLPR opened its doors for foreign students and their teachers from Germany.

Furthermore, a representative of the INFLPR YMS had the chance to attend the 6th Young Minds Leadership Meeting, organized in Naples, Italy, during 12-13 May 2017. He had the opportunity to make new connections and to advertise our student conference.

The INFLPR YMS was proud to organize together with the local OSA and SPIE chapters IONS® Balvanyos 2017, representing on one hand a huge commitment and responsibility, while on the other hand an incredibly worthwhile experience. IONS® Balvanyos was a memorable conference for all of us with high quality scientific program, opportunities to meet and discuss, as well as a truly enjoyable woodland experience. The conference was held at a geographically unique and vibrant resort in the heart of Transylvania’s Eastern Carpathian Mountains, near Lake Saint Ana, the only volcanic lake in Romania. IONS® Balvanyos brought together 65 participants from 10 different countries. Our generous partners and sponsors, including EPS as well, allowed us to offer Travel Grants to 18 students. The event didn’t lack of social activities, such as icebreaking games, field trip, playing Frisbee and campfire. The most courageous attendees also could take part in “bear watching”.

Moreover, the INFLPR YMS participated at Researchers Night in Bucharest, involving physics related experiments and providing visitors with funny and friendly explanations. Another aim of our participation was to promote and bring into the public attention the section and its activities.

Last but not least, at the beginning of 2018 our section launched a photo contest. Youngsters are asked to capture the beauty of science. With the help of the photo contest, our section will try to address people with various background and interests, showing the intertwining fabric of science and arts.

Scientific day

img_1483Since it’s an essential knowledge for students who work in one research group, also for us the section members, the day started with a speech about (How to work in a team). The main idea was connecting Science with industries by calling one of related industrial companies in field of optics; Scope Optics Company. Its owner and representative, Dr. M. Abd Elazeem was invited to give a speech and he responded pleasantly. The last seminar was given by Lecturer Yusuf and he is also the section treasurer talking about his work which helps central retinal impairment patients to get the overall visual scene.
The event took place in The National Institute of Laser Enhanced Sciences (NILES) supported by Laser Technology Center (LTC). It helps NILES’s staff members and LTC’s members to relate about optical industrial technologies, and optical fabrication stages. Moreover the invented ophthalmic co-axial bi-cone lens Presented by Yusuf. All the section members where involved in the event arrangements. Professors, researchers and students had been invited to this event, and more than 15 attended. a visit to the production place was suggested to extend the knowledge for the upcoming events through the team of EPS Cairo Young Minds section.

Kidutopia Event

img-20180115-wa0007EPS Cairo young minds section contributed to an inspiring event for innovative kids called “Kidutopia”. About fifty kids (from five to sixteen years old) attended this event which is the first event that combines sciences, sports and educational consultations for kids in Egypt. This event had many non-governmental organizations that cooperated with us to give these kids an outreaching in different activities. The YM Cairo section organized and implemented simple experiments relating to various motivating physical phenomenon through enjoyable activates. These experiments included optical illusion, water lens and light refraction in addition to some simple optical activities using a laser kit game. This event had a positive impact on the kids through the participation of the children in performing these experiments. Moreover, this event was very exciting to the section members as it served an extremely important part of the community: Kids

Students Meeting at the Start of the Semester

SSP_prague_1The Students Meeting at the Start of the Semester took place for the fourth time and is beginning to have the status of an established event at the Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering (FNSPE). This was mirrored by the high attendance of almost 70 people which increased again, compared to the previous semester. As usual, we invited a high-profile speaker in the Czech Republic to give a talk at our university. This time, because of the recent Nobel Prize in the field, we invited Prof. Jiri Podolsky from Charles University to speak about gravitational waves which is the main topic of his research.
The event was advertised in a timely manner on our increasingly popular Facebook profile, on our web pages, and in the form of posters in several buildings of Czech Technical University and Charles University. Students and faculty from several universities came and enjoyed coffee and tea before the lecture and then attended the presentation. During the subsequent discussion, which is in our opinion the most important part of the event, they enjoyed refreshments organized by us. During the event, we also advertised other activities organized by the Prague EPS YM section.
This event was generally rated as a good idea. The large attendance makes this the most popular single event organized by our EPS YM section and was achieved mainly thanks to the large number of posters that were distributed at the university campuses in Prague. The meeting presents a unique networking opportunity that can connect faculty and students of different ages and from different universities. In addition, such an event can be interesting for the public as well. All these reasons accentuate the need of such high-profile talks at our university.

Face2phase conference

face2phaseThe face2phase conference was organized by Optics group on 9-11 October 2017 in TU Deflt. The main topics which were covered during the conference, were holography, computational imaging and lensless imaging. It was an international academic platform where eminent scientists present their ongoing work and new development in the fields. 3 days of conference was completely scheduled with presentations, poster session, holography exhibitions and social evenings. The conference was attended by more than 100 attendees from all over the world. The attendees were students, professors, scientists and employee of prestigious universities and industries.
EPS Delft Young Minds Section and SPIE student chapter Delft were also a part of this conference in organizing a session called SPIE Focus. The primary objective of the SPIE Focus session was leadership skills. The talks given during the SPIE Focus session were mainly focused on the importance of patent and system design in industrial innovation. The session was targeted to the students present at the conference. After this session, we had “talk with experts” session. During this session, we had provided snacks and drinks to the attendees and gave students enough time to interact with the experts and try to have some insight.
The main funding sources for this conference was Photonics NL, Dutch Optics Centre, SPIE Focus and EPS Delft YM section. The conference and the SPIE Focus session were successful and it received large attention within scientific community. Furthermore, we managed to utilize the resources provided by EPS at its maximum potential.

Conference – OPTO 2017

img_9016-1In July 2017 Warsaw University of Technology Student Chapter, together with University of Warsaw Student Chapter and students from Military University of Technology organized an international conference on optics and photonics: OPTO 2017. The event takes place annually in Poland and is organized by students for students. This year – eleventh edition gathered 150 scientists from 25 institutions around the world. Main purpose of the event was to provide students and young researchers from (mainly) mid-eastern Europe a chance to present and discuss their latest scientific achievements. For many students, it was the first conference they attended and we wanted to be as inclusive as it is possible and enable everyone a possibility to attend. We were extremely happy to provide travel grants for students with a difficult situation for example from Ukraine.
Professional development plays a crucial role in the education of young researcher our conference started off with a whole day of workshops devoted to these issues. Attendees had a possibility to learn how to protect inventions during the lecture given by local patent agency JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys. Later on, Nathalie Debaes from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) talked about technology transfer from university research teams to industry and how photonic innovations can impact companies. After those workshops, we held a special poster session – for scientific chapters. All of the optical chapter representatives from different Universities could present their activities and ideas. This exchange of experience inspired us to create new projects and cooperate with other sections. The next panel introduced students to the subject of effective communication of science and was lead by dr Carlos Lopez-Mariscal. The last presentation of the day was given by dr Danuta Sampson, who told us about the importance of ethics in science.
Next three days of the conference were related to optics and photonics. We aimed to establish a high scientific standard of the conference by inviting notable scientists from all over the world as Invited Speakers. This year, we had a pleasure to listen to lectures given by: prof. Małgorzata Kujawińska (Warsaw University of Technology, Fellow SPIE, 2005 SPIE President), prof. Paolo Villoressi (University of Padova – Italy), prof. Zeev Zalevsky(Fellow SPIE & OSA, Israel – Bar Ilan University), prof. Roberto Morandotti (Fellow SPIE, Fellow OSA Canada – Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique—Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications), prof. Allard Mosk (Utrecht University – Netherlands), dr F. Ömer Ilday (Turkey – Bilkent University), dr Alberto Amo (France – CNRS-Laboratoire de Photonique et de Nanostructures). Each of our guests told us about the newest accomplishments in their research field, which was incredibly educational and fascinating. During the meeting, young researchers got a chance not only to broaden their knowledge by attending interesting lectures but also to gain a very valuable experience in presenting their research and discussing it with specialists. Students gave 50 very innovative presentations and presented 60 posters during poster session. We were amazed by the professionality of presentations as well as by the range of fields of optics. Our conference also gathered local optical companies, so students could find out more about possibilities of employment or internships.
Our conference gathered young scientists passionate about the same field, so we believed that it was a great opportunity for networking. To help that happen every day we organized an evening event during which attendees had a chance to talk in unofficial atmosphere. As a welcome party, we invited everybody for bowling and pool. Next day we encouraged everyone to take part in our famelab and enjoy the company in a local pub. Because our conference took place in our beautiful city of Warsaw we also organized a guided tour of the capital of Poland. To officially close the conference we held a reception in the Polonia Hotel in the city center. During the banquette, we had a chance to award the best presentations, posters and chapter activity. It was also a great opportunity to summarize the meeting while enjoying a great atmosphere.
Although, we closed the official – scientific part of the conference we had a social day ahead of us. We chose to visit Copernicus Science Center and had fun with science whole day – because what’s a better way to finish the conference than flying on a magic carpet?

We believe that our conference was a great success, mostly because we managed to organize it entirely on our own. For us – organizing team it was a unique learning opportunity to work on this big project without a lot of prior experience. It taught us also a lot about teamwork and cooperation, especially as the event was co-organised by 3 chapters, each with its own ideas. Nevertheless, we know that by working together we were able to achieve much more and prepare better event. Now, that we know each other so well, we hope to collaborate on many projects in the future.
The success of the conference wouldn’t be possible without the help of all our sponsors and universities. Thank You!
More information about the conference at: www.opto2017.com

2017 IEEE International Young Scientists Forum on Applied Physics and Engineering (YSF-2017)

The 2017 IEEE International Young Scientists Forum on Applied Physics and Engineering (YSF-2017) was successfully held on October 17-20, 2017 in one of the most beautiful cities of Ukraine, in magnificent Lviv. The event was hosted by the Scientific Library of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.
The event was co-organized by the O.Ya. Usikov Institute for Radiophysics and Electronics NAS of Ukraine and its Young Scientists Council; Ivan Franko National University of Lviv; Karpenko Physico-Mechanical Institute NASU, IEEE IRE NASU-Kharkiv AP-S, ED-S, MTT-S, IA-S, SSC-S Student Branch Chapters, and Kharkiv EPS YM Section. It was held in collaboration with Ukrainian Physical Society, endorsed by EPS Physics for Development Group and has been recognized as a Europhysics Conference by EPS.
The YSF-2017 gathered together over 150 young scientists, engineers, and invited speakers (including more than 40 IEEE members) from all over the world: the geography of participants included 29 cities of 10 countries including USA, UK, Spain, Poland, Estonia, Turkey, Italy, Hungary, Egypt, and Ukraine. The technical program included presentations on a broad range of topics including Biological and Medical Physics; Optics and Photonics; Computational and Experimental Electromagnetics; Microwave and Teraherts Electronics; Nano- and Metamaterials; Information Systems and Nondestructive Testing; Power Electronics and Industry Applications; Solid State Physics; Nuclear and Plasma Physics; Multiwavelength Astronomy; Geoscience and Remote Sensing.
The list of invited speakers of the Forum included two IEEE distinguished lecturers of GRS and NPS societies: Dr. Valery Zavorotny (NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, USA) and Dr. Patric Muggli (Max Planck Institute for Physics, Germany), respectively; IEEE Industry Applications Society president – Dr. Tomy Sebastian (USA); OSA chief scientist – Prof. Gregory Quarles (USA); Dr. Carlos Roncero-Clemente (University of Extremadura, Spain); DSci. Valeriya Trusova (Ukraine), and EPS invited speaker Dr. Leonid Ponomarenko (Lancaster University, UK) who gave a talk on “Graphene Heterostructures: Electronic Properties and Potential Applications”.
The event was supported by EPS, Kharkiv EPS Young Minds Section, IEEE East Ukraine Joint Chapter, IEEE Ukraine Section Women in Engineering Affinity Group, EuMA and enabled the organizers to provide 50 participants with the travel grants.
The unique feature of the event, which traditionally gains interest among the participants, is a successful combination of a scientific program with various soft skill trainings. This year Forum offered workshops on scientific writing in English, improving skills of public speaking, grant proposal writing as well as insights into the grant programs of the European Union, NATO, DAAD and other organizations.
On the October 21, 2017 the YSF-2017 satellite event, the CS-oriented workshop “Microscope, Money, and Two Useful Nails”, was organized at the Ukrainian Catholic University. It was aimed at collaboration between young scientists and Ukrainian IT companies.
Last, but not least, the YSF has always been not just a scientific platform for the career development of young scientists, but also a place for effective communication. The fascinating social program of this year’s Forum prepared by the organizers was an integral part of the event and included welcome and farewell parties, library excursion, and city tour.