FBI Annual meeting- Vienna

From the 13th to the 15th of September, the Medical University of Vienna hosted the first annual meeting of the FBI project. The event was targeted at creating a stimulating and enriching environment for all participants, Early Stage Researches, supervisors and project leaders.

On the first day upon arrival in Vienna, Julia Warner, a professional trainer in communication, offered an interesting workshop on how to give a captivating presentation. Participants were invited to approach the subject from the audience’s perspective, thus having a better and more immediate understanding of how important it is to deliver a concise, yet striking presentation. Overall, the workshop was structured in a dynamic way, with Julia Warner always keeping the debate alive and encouraging all participants to express themselves.

The remaining two days were reserved to the presentations. All ESRs had the opportunity to introduce his or her project. Each presentation was followed by a lively discussion, during which the speaker was given suggestions and inputs by the audience on both the presentation and the project.
An exciting lab tour was also organized by the ESRs based in Vienna, allowing us to get in touch directly with their work.

Overall, it was an enriching experience, that let all the attendees broaden their perspectives, learn interesting and useful information on how to effectively present a subject, as well as have the opportunity to network with other fellow researchers.

Finally, special thanks go to the Medical University of Vienna, and in particular to Fabian, Jeremias and Mikael, for having impeccably organized such an interesting event.

Understanding ultrafast optics

How can you generate visible light out of the invisible? Can you amplify light by light itself? And how about measuring surface potentials with nonlinear optics? FBI gets answers at EPFL.

From the 10th to the 14th of July, five Early Stage Researchers in FBI from Austria, France, Germany and Slovakia had the opportunity to get answers to these fascinating questions of modern optics. Prof. Sylvie Roke from EPFL (Switzerland) offered her excellent introduction into nonlinear optics which sent the well visited auditorium to a journey covering light-matter interactions, crystal optics and nonlinear optical phenomena. This included second harmonic generation, phase matching conditions as well as optical damaging, to only name a few topics. The calculus intense theory was applied in short, supervised exercise sessions during the lecture. Therefore everybody was able to follow the course, even when the higher dimensional susceptibility tensors entered the room.

Towards the end more applied assignments as well as lab tour allowed the students to connect the theory with the experimental side and Prof. Roke presented her latest research concerning surface potential interrogation using second harmonic microscopy.

Finally the ESRs from Lausanne, together with their supervisors, organized a networking BBQ where all ESRs attending could meet researchers from EPFL working on biophotonics. In conclusion, this course gave many of us a new perspective to rapidly growing area of optics and we thank Prof. Roke and her assistants for their great work.