More information about the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics award is available from the Nobel Prize website.
For more information about the work of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Waves, please visit the ARC website.
On Monday 27 November 2017, IPAS was delighted to host the IPAS Laser Labs tour for a group of high achieving science students from Thebarton Senior College. The students were welcomed and guided to the Quantum Atom Fibre and Sensing and Spectroscopy Labs by Dr Ben Sparkes and Sarah Scholten.The students were inspired and amazed with different demonstrations of next generation light transmission and novel gas sensing methods. All the best for our science students and looking forward to welcome you to the IPAS community in the future!
On Thursday 16 November, IPAS was very proud to host the Hon Richard Marles MP, Shadow Minister of Defence, to our member’s High Power Laser and Sapphire Clock Labs. The Shadow Minister, accompanied by Professor Michael Webb, Director of Defence and Security, and Professor Michael Liebelt, Interim Executive Dean Faculty of Sciences, had first hand experience of the world class Sapphire Clock, followed by a demonstration of the IPAS schools #LaserRadio project, which is contributing to the promotion of STEM education in Australia.
IPAS was honored to host the Shadow Minister during his defence collaboration tour at the University of Adelaide, which highlighted our outstanding research and invaluable contribution to the Australian defence industry.
On Wednesday 8th November 2017, IPAS was honored to welcome the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Defence Industry, to visit our Sapphire Clock and High Power Laser Labs. Accompanying the Minster, were Dr Alex Zelinsky, Chief Defence Scientist and head of the Defence Science & Technology (DST) group, Prof Michael Brooks, Interim Vice-Chancellor and President and Rear Admiral the Hon Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN-Rtd and Chancellor. The Minister was extremely impressed by the amazing work of the Sapphire Clock and High – Power Laser teams and fascinated by the demonstration of IPAS innovative Laser Radio project contributing to the promotion of STEM education in Australia. Following the lab tour, the Minister launched the new University of Adelaide Defence Research and Innovation Network, which will strengthen the University and DST Group partnership.
Click here for more information on the University partnership with DST Group.
Congratulation Prof Andre Luiten on being elected to the Commission on Laser Physics and Photonics for the term 2018 -2020 at the 29th General Assembly of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics!
The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) was established in 1922 in Brussels with 13 Member countries and the first General Assembly was held in 1923 in Paris. The Union is governed by its General Assembly which meets every three years to stimulate and promote international cooperation in physics.
On Tuesday 24th October, IPAS welcomed a group of principals (including technology and STEM leaders) from the Association of Independent Schools of Australia (AISSA). The principals were guided through IPAS state of the-art fabrication facilities and equipment such as the high-tech 3D Metal and Ceramic printer , 5–Axis Ultrasonic Mill, and biomedical imaging devices by leading researchers (Drs Ben Sparkes , Chris Perrella, Jiawen Li) and technical experts (Mr Evan Johnson).
IPAS is so proud to host the principal tour and to be part of the STEM Task Force which has inspired and promoted STEM education.
Congratulations to Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem for being elected as a Fellow Member of The Optical Society (OSA) at the Society’s September 2017 Board of Directors meeting.
Founded in 1916, OSA is the leading professional association in optics and photonics, home to accomplished science, engineering, and business leaders from all over the world. Through world-renowned publications, meetings, and membership programs, OSA provides quality information and inspiring interactions that power achievements in the science of light.
Prof Ebendorff-Heidepriem is being honored specially for ground breaking science contributions to the field of optical glasses and fibers.
Congratulations to our Deputy Director Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem who has won the 2017 Winnovation Award – category Technology! IPAS Deputy Director and Associate Director of the Optofab Adelaide Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), Prof Ebendorff-Heidepriem has demonstrated her outstanding leadership role in the establishment of the Adelaide node of Optofab, a state-of-art glass science, fibre fabrication and 3D manufacturing research facility.
Announced on Friday 6th October, the Winnovation Awards celebrate the successes of female innovators changing the game in South Australia.
The 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded for gravitational waves. This Nobel Prize is as much a recognition of the work of Professors Weiss, Barich and Thorne as it is of the many researchers they’ve been working alongside as part of an extensive international collaborative team that includes many Australians, such as the LIGO and OzGrav team here at IPAS.
Follow on the first discovery in 2015, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery – known as OzGrav- was established. OzGrav is a partnership between Swinburne University, the Australian National University, Monash University, University of Adelaide, University of Melbourne, and University of Western Australia, along with other collaborating organisations in Australia and overseas.
Following the success of our Children’s University tour in August, on 21st September IPAS proudly hosted a stop for #RealDayOut. High school students from the Australian Science and Mathematics School (ASMS) were welcomed and introduced to IPAS by Drs Ben Sparkes and Chris Perrella. The students were then guided through our state-of-the-art fabrication facilities by Dr Erik Schartner and had interactive discussions with our technical experts Mr Evan Johnson and Mr Lijesh Thomas. They were also treated to a hands-on experience with a biomedical imaging device facilitated by Dr Jiawen Li, and enjoyed spectacular light transmission applications in the Optics lab.
A Real Day Out (RDO) is an immersive experience for students (years 10-11) and teachers or community members to learn about future careers and job roles. Students can learn about the jobs of the future, and meet potential employers, entrepreneurs and exporters.
We hope you enjoyed your #RealDayOut experience at IPAS and we wish you all the best in your future scientific endeavours!
Congratulations to Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem who has been chosen as a finalist in the category of Technology for her leadership role in the establishment of the Adelaide node of Optofab, a state-of-the-art glass science, fibre fabrication and 3D manufacturing research facility.
Winnovation Awards, in their fourth year, celebrate and elevate the amazing talent of women in South Australia. The winners will be announced and honoured on Friday, October 6 at Bendigo Bank, Waymouth St, CBD @ 5.30pm.