Dame Athene Donald to give memorial lecture

13 March 2017

The Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) and the School of Physics of the University of Sydney invite you to attend the Dr Peter Domachuk Memorial Lecture given by Dame Athene Donald of Cambridge University on Tuesday 4 April 2017 at 5:45pm in the Professor Messel Lecture Theatre, Sydney Nanoscience Hub.

This memorial lecture series was established in honour of Peter's outstanding contribution and commitment to optofluidics and biophotonics research.

This is Dame Donald's first visit to Australia, so don't miss the chance to see her live.

Lecture Abstract: In biology there have been many approaches to imaging samples in their natural state at high resolution beyond the diffraction limit of the light microscope. For many years I pursued the technique of Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy, attempting to look at samples ranging from bread dough and onions, to mammalian cells and leaves. I will discuss the challenges and open questions the technique posed plus why I think it has not been more widely adopted as novel optical approaches have transformed biological research.

However, images matter far more widely than just within the science community. Reaching out to politicians and educators images can be really powerful in conveying key messages. When engaging the public too, images, are vitally important in catching their interest and putting fundamental ideas across: Powerpoint alone will never work! Finally, in our day to day lives, images convey (or can counter) stereotypes, which have their own importance in encouraging - and discouraging - children and young adults in their career choices. Image and imagery matters for scientists in every direction they look.

For further information, please visit the event homepage.

Contact: Vera Brinkel

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