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On March 17th, the SPIE Dresden Student Chapter held a virtual photonic workshop with the Warsaw Student Chapter. There the presenters Grzegorz Gomolka and Karolina Gemza from Poland gave an insight to their current research topics of “Laser gas spectroscopy in hollow-core optical fibers” and “Simulations of chromatic dispersion for various types of microstructured optical fibers”. Our chapter members Jiawei Sun and Katharina Schmidt also added talks about their projects (optical tweezers and smart microscopy).

Furthermore there were fruitful discussions after the presentations about the topics and other activities of the chapters. This workshop is the start of a successful collaboration between our chapters and we are looking forward to more shared activities in the future.

In July 2019, we hosted our first PhD student workshop with invited speakers from TU Dresden, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf and Fraunhofer IPMS. We provided a great framework for people from different institutes to share their experiences and exchange ideas.

With different disciplines of optics and photonics based in Dresden, we see huge potential for further workshops. Mainly PhD stundents enjoyed the chance to present their latest work in two sessions.

Afterwards we had a BBQ party together, which offered great oppotunity for fruitful discussions and networking.