National University of Ireland, Galway

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Chapter News

OSA Hackathon: Galway, Ireland


A problem was identified and collaboratively solved using expertise from each chapter member over a full day. An informal meeting was held the night before, with projects proposed and voted on and work began on Saturday, 12/10/16.
The chosen project was to develop an improved version of Laser Graffiti using apparatus from the OSA Explore Optics kit and open source code. A working prototype of this was completed within the allocated time. We plan to improve on this and use it in future outreach events.

Student Information Night: Galway, Ireland


As part of the outreach programme, the NUIG OSA Chapter organised a night of talks to inform third and fourth year students of lesser-known advantages of postgraduate research.

Student Leadership Conference & Frontiers in Optics


This year the OSA Student Leadership Conference was held in Rochester, NY, returning to the home of the OSA. Our chapter Vice President was in attendance for the Student Leadership Conference and Frontiers in Optics. Some images are available in our gallery.

School Outreach: Kilmihil National School, Co. Clare


Our chapter president visited a national school in rural county Clare. Here he taught the students about optics and how it applies to everyday life. Several demonstrations were made, helped by the OSA optics suitcase.

Guest Speaker: Prof. David Boas


As part of the OSA Travelling Lecturer Programme, we were pleased to invite Prof. David Boas of Harvard to Ireland. Our chapter travelled to Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare to attend a lecture by Prof. Boas titled "Neurophotonics and Functional Optical Imaging".

School Outreach: Ballymote, Co. Sligo


After a successful visit from Coláiste Mhuire, Ballymote in 2015, we were asked once again if we could facilitate a visit from the school. Approximately 40 students made the journey from Co. Sligo to visit the Applied Optics group in the School of Physics. Opening addresses were given by the Chapter President and Vice-president including an overview of some famous Irish scientists. Some physics experiments were demonstrated, including magnetic levitation. Finally, the students were given an insight into the interesting world of optics, made possible through the optics suitcase from the OSA.

OSA News

OSA Celebrates 100 Years!


This year is of particular importance to the OSA as we celebrate the centenary of the society. Find out more here: