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This may we learned some new skills in technical optics! Prof. Gross, worked a lot of years for the company Zeiss and afterwards teached at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena gave a weekend seminar in Dresden. We got impressive insights into modelling and simulation of different optics and optical systems. To do so we did spend a lot of hours in a seminar room of the computer science faculty, where Prof. Gross gave his lectures about topics such as optics design, aberrations and analysis of optical systems.

Prof. Gross shared theory and practical advices about optic design with us
Group photo at the end of the weekend seminar

At 19th of November the Student Chapter from TU Dresden invited the Chapter from University of Stuttgart (Germany), Stellenbosch University (Cape Town, South Africa) and University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa) to a joint online workshop. There advisors and students from all chapters presented their current research topics and results. A lot of interesting questions and discussions came up after the talks.

We hope to continue organizing international workshops with other chapters. These events always offer new opportunities for joint projects or student exchange.

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.