Optical Society student chapter at the University of Gothenburg
What is the project about?
Laura Perez Garcia, PhD-student in Physics: "We are a group of PhD-students at Gothenburg University that are interested in developing and engaging in outreach and networking activities. We do this with the help of the student chapter network from the Optical of Society, which helps us organize the events, provide us with didactic materials, and with part of the funding. We are encouraged to organize seminars, career seminars, congresses for students (organized by students). On the outreach aspect, we organize activities for the general public, bringing awareness of the importance of optics and photonics technologies in the development of our day to day."
Why is it important?
Laura Perez Garcia: "OSA student chapters form a network of about 370 groups worldwide; in Sweden, we have three chapters; one in Lund University, another in KTH University at Stockholm, and ours at Gothenburg University. This kind of organization allows us to generate valuable opportunities for our professional development and foster lasting relationships between peers and mentors.
It also helps us to bring visibility to the work we are doing to the society, and why it is essential to support science in general, also it can help individuals from the community realize how optics and photonics technologies can improve their quality of life and the wellbeing of our planet."
Tell us something fun or exciting that has been achieved thanks to the project!
Laura Perez Garcia: "We have had some meetings where we organized our first activities; see the screenshot below of our first meeting. We wanted to start the chapter with a physical meeting, but due to the pandemic, we decided to begin remotely and don’t delay this project anymore. We think that the limitations of the COVID crisis don’t necessarily mean that everything has to stop and can actually be an opportunity for having diverse activities online."