Category Archives: Outreach

1st Year Physics students at IPAS

On Friday 16 March, IPAS was delighted to host a group of 1st year physics students. The group was organised by Miss Lily Taylor who was recently an IPAS Summer scholarship winner and has followed this up with a third year project candidate with the Precision Measurement Group. The students, welcomed by Drs Ben Sparkes and Chris Perrella to the Optics Labs, were inspired by cutting edge projects as well as a learning experience from IPAS PhD candidates Sarah Scholten and Nathanial Wilson.  The students were then guided to see the state-of-the-art fabrication facilities and equipment such as the high-tech 3D Metal and Ceramic printer and  5–Axis Ultrasonic Mill, with expert commentary from Mr Evan Johnson and Mr Lijesh Thomas.  All students showed great interest in the science through constant interactive enquiries with leading researchers and experienced technicians. All the best to the 1st year physics students, we hope this experience will continuously develop your passion for science and look forward to welcoming you to our IPAS community in the future!

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SA Physics Teachers warmly welcomed at IPAS

On Thursday 22 February 2018, IPAS was delighted to host a group of SA Physic Teachers representing schools from Thebarton Senior College, Woodville High, Prince Alfred College, Seaton High School and Gleeson College.

The group was welcomed and guided through the Precision Measurement Group Optics Labs by  Drs Ben Sparkes and Chris Perrella. The physic teachers were impressed by the demonstration of novel gas sensing methods and laser radio outreach activity.

All the best for our physics teachers. We hope you enjoyed our IPAS Labs tour which could expand your knowledge about the different areas of research involving physics and will help promote future students to study physics in the future.

 

 

Thebaton Senior College at IPAS

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!

Shandong Academy of Sciences at IPAS

On Friday 24 November 2017, IPAS was delighted to welcome an esteemed contingent from the Shandong Academy of Sciences. This visit has strengthen the collaboration between the University of Adelaide and the Shandong Academy of Sciences. We hope to welcome many visiting academics working with IPAS in the near future.

Shandong Uni

AISSA at IPAS!

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 PerrellaJiawen 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.

BenSparkes

Real Day Out at IPAS

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!

LIGO & Miniprobes featured in Making a difference – Outcomes of ARC Supported Research

Making the first two pages in the “Making a difference – Outcomes of ARC supported research” publication, Detecting Gravitational Waves  & Smart Needle To Make Brain Surgery Safer were proudly featured in the “Understanding Our World and Translating Fundamental Research” section. This publication is a snapshot of some of the outstanding research outcomes derived from research projects funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council (ARC) National Competitive Grants
Program (NCGP).

ARC

Detecting Gravitational Waves – the most exciting discovery in fundamental physics for decades was firstly announced in 2016 which has opened a new window in astronomy. These discoveries have opened up new possibilities in exploring the universe through its most enigmatic objects: black holes, while at the same time testing our current understanding of the physical laws underpinning the universe. Prof Peter Veitch and A/Prof David Ottaway are leading the Research being carried out at the University of Adelaide node of the new ARC Centre of Excellent for Gravitional Wave Discovery, OzGrav.

Smart Needle To Make Brain Surgery Safer project lead by Prof Robert McLaughlin had developed a revolutionary tiny imaging probe encased within the brain biopsy needle to allow surgeons to avoid  at-risk blood vessels which can potentially fatal. This device contains a tiny fibre-optic camera using shining infrared light and combined with smart image processing software to alert surgeon potentially damaging vessels. Professor Christopher Lind, Consultant Neurosurgeon successfully did a pilot trial with 12 undergoing neurosurgery.

Congratulations to both LIGO and Miniprobes team!

 

 

IPAS highlighted in Washington DC

Terrific to see IPAS’ research highlighted in a exhibition at the Australian embassy in Washington DC – fantastic acknowledgement of groundbreaking research!

Congratulations to Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem and team!

Microstructured Fibre

Cross-section of a hollow-core soft glass fibre. It guides light through the black air holes, rather than the grey glass areas. This is also the first fibre that can guide high-intensity mid-infrared light, giving it applications in the medical and defence fields as a sensor for liquids and gases.

Size: the central hole is 24 micrometres across.

NEW LIGHT SCIENCE SPECTACULAR

Big Science in Adelaide forefront and new light science. From nanoscale biophotonics to better understanding the of universe. The hidden science of light will also be revealed in live and interactive demonstrations and audience-stage interaction using WiFi and phone-cameras to see the IR light.

When: Monday, August 14 2017. 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Braggs Lecture Theatre University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, 5005
Topic: Energy and transport, Environment and nature, Health and medical, Space and astronomy, Innovation and technology
Cost: Free
Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-light-science-spectacular-tickets-36679331869

As part of Big Science in Adelaide, we invite you to a science arena of stunning spectaculars and exciting discoveries.

All content of this event is selected from forefront and new light science to resonate with the theme. The scale of topics is far-reaching, from that in the field of nanoscale biophotonics (Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem from ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, University of Adelaide) to better understanding the of universe (Dr Madakbas, physicist (photonics), whose company builds night vision sensors for NASA and Hubble Space Telescope). Apart from the most invisible, the hidden science of light will also be revealed (Miroslav Kostecki, Technical Manager at eLabtronics, Adelaide) in live and interactive demonstrations.

The highlight will be the audience-stage interaction component: audience is invited to control the large colour light ribbons on stage via mobile phone using WiFi and use their phone-cameras to see the IR light.

The event will end with the engaging activity of “Many Hands Make Light Work” to recognize the significance of advancing science: achieving Zero Net Carbon and protecting the planet (Dr Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Winner).

University of Adelaide “royalty” visits IPAS

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.