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  • 10 May 2024 11:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ANZOS and SPIE are honoured to announce the inaugural Jim Piper ECR/ MCR Entrepreneurial Researcher Prize which recognises an outstanding early career researcher for an early-stage entrepreneurial activity/ start-up in the field of optics, lasers, or photonics. The prize is named in honour of Professor Jim Piper, a distinguished and entrepreneurial laser physics researcher, and sponsored by SPIE.

    Jim was very active in the Australian optics community, serving on the founding committee of the Australian Optical Society (now ANZOS), its President in 1984-1985, appointed a lifelong member of ANZOS in 2016, and was an OSA (now Optica) Fellow. He brought the International Quantum Electronics Conference to Australia for the first time in 1996. As President of Science and Technology Australia (2015-2017) he restructured the organisation’s membership to be more inclusive.

    Jim was the Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Special Research Centre for Lasers and Applications (1988-1996) and subsequently Chief Investigator for two ARC Centres of Excellence (Centre for Ultra-high-bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems and Centre for Nanoscale Bio-Photonics).  A world-class researcher, Jim authored over 400 journal articles and hundreds of conference papers, and his research continued to flourish during his retirement.

    Jim’s passion for research contributed to building the ARC policy for funding of large-scale research infrastructure and industry collaborations.  He was involved in several laser start-ups, and an inventor on more than 20 patents. His award in 2006 of a Carnegie Lectureship and an honorary D.Sc. from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland also recognised his research excellence in lasers and laser applications.

    Jim mentored over 50 PhD students, many of whom established highly successful careers in research, industry, and education. In his later career Jim was Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research at Macquarie University (2003- 2013).

    We will be taking applications for this prize alongside the 2024 ANZOS Awards, which are currently open.
    More details on the Jim Piper ECR/ MCR Entrepreneurial Researcher prize are included below and available on the prize page of our website.

  • 18 Apr 2024 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With the 16th May fast approaching, the International Day of Light is now less than a month away.

    While there are many international events registered on the IDL website we wondered what regional events our members may have organised in Australia and New Zealand. Let us know how you plan to celebrate by filling in this short form so we can advertise your event to the wider ANZOS membership

    If you are involved with a student chapter, there is still time to submit an application form for financial support to help organise and host an event.

  • 15 Dec 2023 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce that ANZOS is now a Constituent Organisation with the Royal Society Te Apārangi of New Zealand Aotearoa.

    For many years ANZOS has been a constituent organisation of Science and Technology Australia, allowing us, as a society, to advocating for science to the Australian government and represent the voice of the optics and photonics community in Australia and New Zealand. During 2023 this advocacy included participating in Science Meets Parliament, and  submissions to Australia's draft 'Science and Research Priorities' and the proposed Defence Trade Control Amendment Bill. Now that we have joined the Royal Society Te Apārangi we can similarly advocate for science and photonics in Aotearoa New Zealand.

    We encourage members to assist us and get involved with ANZOS in these submissions let us know if there is any science policy development or other matter you believe ANZOS should provide feedback on to the New Zealand Government.

  • 06 Dec 2023 8:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Professor Cather Simpson!

    Professor Simpson (University of Auckland) has made many groundbreaking discoveries in the field of ultrafast physics and chemistry and biomedical diagnostics which have impacted on important areas of both fundamental and applied science. Her career has always been strongly interdisciplinary, and over many years Professor Simpson has played a major role in developing and stimulating the New Zealand optics community to transfer results from basic research into applied technology. Professor Simpson is an amazing mentor as testified by the successes of her colleagues and students.

    Her research has had high impact worldwide from both the fundamental science and engineering communities, she has a remarkable patent portfolio, and she is frequently invited to present her work at major science and industry events. Cather has combined her achievements in basic research with extremely effective entrepreneurship and technology transfer, and a real commitment to apply her work for societal benefit. Professor Simpson, as well as her companies have received a very large number of national and international recognitions and distinctions demonstrating the evidence of both the national and international impact of her research. service, and innovation in the field of optics in Australia and New Zealand.

  • 06 Dec 2023 8:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Dr Chris Perrella!

    Dr Chris Perrella's (University of Adelaide) research focuses on finding fundamental optics solutions to solve real-world challenges. Two key projects he has led that exemplify his commitment to real-world impact are the Rubidium Two-Photon Optical Clock, which out-performs the best commercially available clocks of similar size, weight, and power, and high-performance quantum magnetometers. He mentored several Ph.D. students and early-career researchers, is champion for inclusion and diversity, and organised multiple public outreach events. Chris raised more than $5M in research funding and was awarded the 2023 South Australian Tall Poppy Award.

  • 06 Dec 2023 8:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Dr Sarah Scholten!

    Dr Sarah Scholten (University of Adelaide) has led the BreathELISA project, Breath analysis for detection of disease, and developed a dual-colour two-photon Rb clock. She successfully transitioned both research streams into real-world applications: the terrestrial Rb clock she built operated successfully and autonomously aboard a NZ ship during the RIMPAC 2022 naval exercise in Hawaii, and a satellite compatible Rb clock is currently being ruggedised with the commercialisation partner. BreathELISA will begin clinical trials this year and has already generated media attention including news articles (IFLS, New Scientist, Science Daily), radio & TV interviews and invited talks at the MASCC, AIP, and ATMOP conferences, along with a 3-week invited research exchange to UWA, and a research exchange invite at NIST.

  • 06 Dec 2023 8:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Raymond Harrison!

    The ANZOS Postgraduate Student Prize was awarded to Raymond Harrison (University of Queensland) for his outstanding contribution in addressing a limitation of light-matter interaction in the realm of cavity optomechanics.  This contribution allowed him to increase the effective applied force by up to eight orders of magnitude and enabling a mechanical lasing threshold three orders of magnitude lower than previously reported in the literature.

  • 06 Dec 2023 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to The Rubidium Clock Team!

    The ANZOS John Love Award was awarded to the Rubidium Clock team (University of Adelaide) for the advancement of photonics within a University environment with the subsequent commencement of a company to develop and promulgate the technology.  This  risk-taking pathway employs Australians (and New Zealanders), keeps researchers contributing to our national accounts and fits with the high technology manufacturing push mandatory for the development of our economy.

  • 05 Dec 2023 10:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A panel discussion was held on the Tuesday night during ANZCOP/AIP at the Australian Academy of Sciences Shine Dome on the draft Australian ‘Science and Research priorities’. ANZOS Vice President Prof. David Lancaster (pictured on the left) was part of the discussion, that also included Prof. Nicole Bell (President of the AIP), and Professor Ian Chubb (former Australian Chief Scientist).

    The panel discussion covered a number of apparent short-comings of the current Science and Research priorities policy document that included a focus on high-level aspirational priorities (eg.  net zero future; healthy communities; productive and innovative economy; a strong/ resilient nation) without apparent support or acknowledgement of Australia’s history and strong track record in fundamental sciences which forms the deep foundation to Australia’s research capabilities. The panel also discussed the apparent lack of alignment with other government policies such as defence and sovereign manufacturing capability.

    Providing feedback to the Australian Government in areas such as science policy development is an important function of ANZOS and allows members voices to be heard.  We encourage members to assist us and get involved with ANZOS in these submissions.

  • 09 Feb 2023 9:27 AM | Michael Steel (Administrator)

    ANZOS is delighted to congratulate our member and 2021 W.H. (Beattie) Steel Award winner, Professor Emeritus Peter Hannaford, on being named as a Companion in the Order of Australia (AC) in the most recent round of awards announced on 26  January 2023. 

    Peter was cited "for eminent service to science, particularly to experimental physics, as an academic and researcher, to professional institutions, and as a role model for young scientists".

    The AC is the highest rank of civilian award in the Order of Australia system and only six were awarded in this round, so this is truly outstanding mark of achievement.

    Here is Peter receiving the Society's highest honour, the W. H. (Beattie) Steel medal in early 2022 from former ANZOS Councillor and Treasurer Prof. Arnan Mitchell.

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