IPAS Researcher win 2018 Young Tall Poppy Award
Huge congratulations to the winner of 2018 Young Tall Poppy Science Award, Dr Ben Sparkes, IPAS DECRA Fellow in the Precision Measurement Group.
Dr Sparkes is developing a quantum memory device to boost the maximum distance of quantum cryptography, to lead to an absolutely-secure means of global communications. He is also the co-founder of a “Laser Radio” outreach activity, where high school students construct a device which transmits audio signals over a laser beam using basic electronics components. This activity teaches students practical hands-on skills but, more importantly, it aims to communicate the fun and excitement about science, and photonics in particular. His fantastic work was presented to Federal MPs Christopher Pyne (Defence Industry Minister), Richard Marles (Shadow Defence Minister), Tanya Plibersek (Deputy Opposition Leader) and Nick Champion (Shadow Assistant Minister for Manufacturing and Science) during visits to IPAS.
Each year the Tall Poppy Awards recognise individuals who combine world-class research with a passionate commitment to communicating science and who demonstrate great leadership potential.