Category Archives: Outreach

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!

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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).

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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.

When Photonics Meets Art

Thank you to Karen Cunningham and the Jam Factory team for hosting Deputy Director Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Tim Zhao, Yunle Wei and Mel McDowall. The team added their own spin to paper weights and glass making and are eager to see the finished products!

This was the initial stages of a collaboration between the Jam Factory and CNBP, to create glass art incorporating nano-particles.

Building the Photonics Industry in SA

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.

Featured speakers:
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

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Hon Craig Laundy Visits IPAS

Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Hon Craig Laundy, visited IPAS on Friday, hosted by Dr Hannah Brown, IPAS manager Piers Lincoln, Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem and Prof Rob McLaughlin.

The Minister was particularly interested in the strong links IPAS has with industry and innovative research, including the recent co-localisation of Trajan within the institute, industry projects with SJ Cheesman, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and pre-clinical trial of the Mini probes OCT technology in neurosurgery.

Research Tuesdays Featuring Prof Rob McLaughlin

Rob McProfessor Rob McLaughlin will be part of the “Invented in Adelaide” discussion panel in the up and coming Research Tuesdays lecture.

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.

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Photonics at Science Meets Parliament 2017

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.

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