28 May 2015:
CNBP recently celebrated a successful partner launch with the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton, UK – the launch taking place on the 21st May 2015.
Hosted by Partner Investigator Gilberto Brambilla (Professor at the ORC) and Jo Nesbitt, (Southampton University – Director of International Relations), the launch consisted of seminars, boardroom discussions and the formal unveiling of a CNBP Partner plaque with CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson and CNBP RMIT node leader Brant Gibson in attendance.
Known as one of the world’s leading institutes for photonics research, the ORC are a formal partner of the CNBP, dedicating significant staff time and a PhD student to Centre related activities.
CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson was enthusiastic following the event.
“We met with some amazing people, strengthened our partner relationship with the ORC and talked huge amounts of science.”
“Other positive outcomes included identifying new partner funding opportunities, brainstorming some new ideas for specific projects, as well as boardroom discussions with a view to understanding where both parties can cross fertilize together on projects”.
As a part of launch activity, both Hutchinson and Gibson gave seminars on their specific CNBP related activities and undertook a wide range of conversations, looking to increase linkages between CNBP and OCR researchers to determine projects where shared expertise would be beneficial.
30 March 2015:
CNBP celebrated a successful launch with industry partner Heraeus, in Hanau, Germany on the 30th March 2015.
Taking place at the Heraeus Quarzglas division, the launch was attended by CNBP Investigator A/Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem and hosted by Dr Gerhard Schoetz, General Manager of Heraeus Specialty Fiber Optics.
As part of the launch, Ebendorff-Heidepriem met with a number of senior Heraeus executives, provided a presentation about the optical fiber sensor research taking place at CNBP, provided an overview of the CNBP (the scope of the research themes and the biological challenges that the CNBP aims to solve), and talked through related photonics research taking place across Australia.
Ebendorff-Heidepriem and Heraeus executives also discussed a wide range of topics during the launch, including the properties of different silica types and behaviors, particularly relating to extrusion and fiber drawing processes. Information on silica items in stock and silica items that could be made on demand was also provided and agreement on the supply of F110 silica rods to fabricate UV transmitting silica fiber was also made.
Heraeus, the world’s largest manufacturer of synthetic fused silica brings to the CNBP longstanding and extensive knowledge in silica glass types and properties. The corporation’s expertise will be critical for the fabrication of specialty silica fibers and for the selection and development of suitable silica types for specific fiber sensor application, for use within the CNBP.
The launch was highly successful, strengthening industry and research links across the CNBP, with the possibility of Heraeus attendance at related Australasian conferences and at the annual CNBP retreat also discussed.