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Today we were delighted to host Rachel Bragg, the great great granddaughter of William Henry Bragg and the great granddaughter of William “Lawrence” Bragg. Not only did William and Lawrence win the Nobel Prize in 1915 for the X-ray crystallography, but both are the namesakes of our building.
Rachel and her husband toured the Braggs laboratories, received a brief tour of the University campus, saw the UNiversity’s collection of equipment from the Bragg’s laboratory and lastly, saw the busts of both William and Lawrence, twins of busts that are located in the Royal Institute of Great Britain.
“The Braggs” were the only father-son team to win a Nobel Prize and Lawrence is the youngest recipient, at 25 years old. William Bragg was the Elder Professor of Mathematics and Experimental Physics at the University of Adelaide between 1885-1908. Lawrence was born in Adelaide in 1890 and was a student of the University until 1908, studying mathematics, chemistry and physics.
The University of Adelaide has partnered with IMNIS to offer 20 PhDs the chance to receive one year of mentoring from an industry leader in the areas of MedTech-Pharma and Energy Resources.
What is IMNIS?
The Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) is a prestigious, award-winning initiative of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). IMNIS connects motivated PhD students with outstanding industry leaders in a one year mentoring program. Officially launched in 2015, IMNIS has successfully piloted in multiple universities in three states and was recognised in 2016 with a prestigious B/HERT Best Higher Education and Training Collaboration Award.
Mentors (industry leaders) and mentees (PhD students) meet face-to-face for 1 hour each month. Guidelines are provided to both mentors and the mentees, and five state-level networking events are hosted by IMNIS to allow mentors and mentees to network and connect more broadly.
IMNIS is not a job placement program. IMNIS is an opportunity to increase your understanding of industry, extend your professional skills and expand your network!
IMNIS is a 12 month program of mentoring, networking, education and training. IMNIS provides mentees real-world experience, pragmatic advice and a broad professional network that enhances their capacity to engage with industry and understand commercialisation and regulatory processes related to innovating their research. Importantly, IMNIS also extends the mentees’ professional network in different parts of the STEM sector across their State, and educates mentees about the career opportunities beyond academia.
Mentees are matched with an industry leader who will be their individual mentor for the year. Each month, there will be a 1 hour mentor-mentee meeting to review mentee progress, career aspirations, challenges, skills development, answer questions, and to share knowledge and experiences. Mentors may offer guidance, but ultimately it is the mentee’s decision whether to act on that advice. This is an outstanding opportunity to have access to a mentor who has “been there, done that” with years of experience and expertise in industry. Mentors are volunteering their time, so make the most of it!
In addition to the individual mentoring, IMNIS hosts five (5) events/activities to facilitate industry-based education, training and State-level networking during the year.
Participation is available in the following two IMNIS programs and 10 students will be selected for each:
- MedTech-Pharma Program
- Energy Resources Program
Students in relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply and should select the program, either MedTech-Pharma or Energy Resources, that is more closely aligned to their research interests.
The candidate must be:
- enrolled as a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide in the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, or Faculty of Sciences
- in the 2nd year of their PhD
- able to commit the necessary time to meet your mentor (1 hour per month for 12 months) and attend IMNIS events as a participant in this program
Materials to be submitted:
- Mentee Application Form (attached)
- Curriculum vitae
- Letter of support
Deadline – COB Monday 10 July 2017
Completed applications including supporting documentation must be submitted electronically (preferably in PDF format) to email@example.com.
A diverse range of the most suitable candidates will be short-listed for enrolment. Successful students will be notified via email and invited to enrol in the IMNIS program.
Notification of outcome – 21 July 2017
Last week, the Department for State Development (DSD) and IPAS co-hosted the Photonics Industry Development workshop, a follow up of the “Lighting the Way” report, released in February this year. While the report explored the opportunities for expanding the photonics industry, allowing SA to be a major player in the international photonics stage, the workshop presented the leading proposed activities that will facilitate this.
Given that photonics is the underpinning technology for numerous industries, including manufacturing, medical, agriculture, aerospace, mining and defence, there is the potential for the development of a $1B industry in the next 5 years with further investment.
Adam Reid (DSD)
Professor Tanya Monro (DVCRI, UniSA)
Proposed Activities Champions
Peter Shute (Norseld): Collaboration and Clustering
Professor Andre Luiten (University of Adelaide and Cryoclocks): Prototyping
Professor John Arkwright (Flinders University and Arkwright): Global Market Engagement
Peter Foster (VentureNext): Investment Ready
Research Tuesdays are an initiative of the University of Adelaide, allowing the general public to hear about research happening within the university.
Rob McLaughlin leads the Bioengineering Imaging Group and is the Managing Director of Miniprobes. Miniprobes currently develop and sell miniaturised imaging probes that can be encased in hypodermic needles. One such device is the smart needle, which can detect blood vessels during brain surgery, avoiding bleeds that can potentially be fatal. Pilot studies with the smart needle concluded at the start of this year, with promising results.
Research Tuesdays: Invented in Adelaide
5:30 pm 13th June, The Braggs Lecture Theatre
Register via this link.
IPAS Seminar: Thursday 11th May, 3:30-4:30 pm
Dr Alexander Wood (University of Melbourne), will be visiting IPAS on 10-11th May and will be giving a seminar entitled “A New Spin on Quantum Sensing with Diamonds” on Thursday 3:30-4:30 pm, Level 2 Meeting Room, The Braggs.
Professor Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem represented the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics and IPAS at Science Meets Parliament, held in Canberra on 21-22nd March 2017.
Science Meets Parliament is an annual event run by Science and Technology Australia and provides ~200 scientists with the opportunity to meet with federal politicians, advisors and policy makers.
Heike had the opportunity to meet with Senator Chris Back, Chair of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislative Committee, and Senator Chris Ketter; discussing her research involving the use of optical fibres to create windows into the body, specifically in regards to pain detection.
In addition, Heike also had the opportunity to talk with the Honourable Richard Marles, Shadow Minister for Defence, during the official dinner.
A summary of Science Meets Parliament can be found here.
The 9th Conference on Optics, Atoms and Laser Applications (KOALA) and International OSA Network of Students (IONS) event will be co-hosted by students from Monash and Swinburne Universities in Melbourne from Sunday 27th November to Friday 2nd December 2016.
IONS KOALA is Australia and New Zealand’s only student conference in the fields of optics, quantum optics, atom optics, photonics and laser technology.
Finalist for the 2016 South Australian Science Excellence Award – Excellence in Research Collaboration UoA and Trajan
IPAS along with Trajan have been named finalist for Excellence in Research Collaboration award by the Government of South Australia.
From the Government of South Australia, Department of State Development:
The Science Excellence Awards is South Australia’s premier event to recognise and reward outstanding scientific endeavour, including its application in industry and the advancement of science and mathematics education.
Finalist for the 2016 South Australian Science Excellence Award – Excellence in Research Collaboration:
Trajan – University of Adelaide partnership
In November 2015, the University of Adelaide (UoA) commenced a major strategic partnership with Trajan Scientific and Medical (Trajan), with the support of the South Australian government, and launched the new Trajan R&D and Manufacturing Hub in Adelaide at the University. This collaboration is enabling the realisation of research, development and commercialisation of new generation specialty glass products for the global science and medical equipment market.
The winner will be announced at the SA Science Excellence Awards Ceremony on Friday 12 August 2016.
It has been the tradition of IPAS to celebrate the successes of its members in the new year rather than during the busy and crowded end of the year.
This year we held our event on January 29 in ‘the Jungle’ at the Kent Town Hotel to recognise the achievements of our members as well as to plan for the year ahead.
The winners of the annual “IPAS Student Research Event” were awarded. These prizes are designed to encourage our PhD students to make compelling and effective presentations. The two best presentations were given to Michelle Turvey from the School of Biological Sciences for the talk “Identification of beer spoilage microorganisms using the MALDI Biotyper platform”. Michelle was awarded the “IPAS Tanya Monro Presentation Award” which was the People’s Choice award. Milad Dakka took away the “Merry Wickes Transdisciplinary Prize” for the talk “Optically enhanced environmental dating”. These two should be firmly congratulated for their efforts among tough competition.
We also recognised the efforts of three other students in this exercise, Carly Whitakker for the talk “Optical fibres for radiation detection and dosimetry” from the School of Physical Sciences, Jonathan Hall for the talk “Biolaser” from the School of Physical Sciences and Thomas Chambers for the talk “A digital holographic imager for the study of cloud particles” from The School of Chemical Engineering. The students were recognised for their outstanding efforts by awarding them with an “Honourable Mention”.
An important benefit flows from the involvement of our students in organising, participating and presenting at the event. The skill of effective communication is one that helps in every aspect of life and this event provide opportunity for training through practice and examples.
We also announced winners of our “Best Papers” competition for 2016. We were inundated with entries showing the quality and impact of the research being conducted by IPAS members. Take a look at the winning papers here.
The Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) will be holding a Resources Sector Workshop aimed at linking resources specific research in Adelaide to local companies. The event will comprise a series of case studies, presentations, networking and tours of The Photonics and Advanced Manufacturing Facilities at the University of Adelaide.