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Wits students host international optics conference

When: Sunday, 07 October 2018 - Friday, 12 October 2018
Where: Off campus
La’Wiida lodge – 40kms from the Johannesburg International Airport
Start time:9:00

IONS South Africa 2 will shed light on the latest research and work being done in the field of optics and photonics.

IONS South Africa 2018 Conference (IONS South Africa 2) is a week-long optics (the study of light) conference taking place for the second time in South Africa and the third time in Africa. The conference is taking place from 7 to 12 October 2018 at La’Wiida lodge – 40kms from the Johannesburg International Airport.

Hosted by the Wits Optics Student Chapter, based in the Structured Light Lab in the School of Physics at the University of the Witwatersrand, the conference is particularly of interest to postgraduate students and researchers working in the field of optics and photonics.

The International OSA Network of Students (IONS) is a programme from The Optical Society (OSA) – the world’s leading champion for optics and photonics – that encourages student chapter members to organise and manage regional meetings on technical and profession development content as well as networking with peers and luminaries. It also affords students a platform to present their research and network on both an academic and social level.

IONS South Africa 2 will include topics such as laser development, biophotonics, structured light, quantum metrology and quantum control, and additive manufacturing.


Experience Science, Engineering and Technology at Wits

Wits University and the CSIR Optics Student Chapter will also offer a special day for grade 11 learners to experience the science of light on Wednesday, 10 October 2018, between 09:00 and 12:00 in Solomon Mahlangu House, Braamfontein Campus East.

From ensuring sunny days, to expanding our knowledge of the cosmos (universe), to powering technologies that improve our lives, the science of light is ever-present in our daily human lives.

Presentations and/or demonstrations in following science fields will be showcased:

  • Astronomy 
  • Optics and Photonics
  • Chemistry 
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Renewable Energy

Experience science at Wits

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