10 August 2018:
Over one hundred primary school children saw CNBP and Macquarie University researchers Dr Martin Ploschner (pictured) and Dr Annemarie Nadort present fun-filled light-focused science demonstrations at the Australian Museum as a part of National Science Week and the Sydney Science Festival for 2018.
Dr Martin Ploschner demonstrated how every-day items such as soap, detergent, money, and identity documents will glow or fluoresce when UV light is shone on them. Also demonstrated was the ‘glow affect’ from natural organisms such as scorpions, green leaves and bacteria on pistachios.
Dr Annemarie Nadort showed the children how they could see a network of blood vessels in their own tongue with a special microscope camera, facilitating an understanding of the human body and the tools needed to be able to see within it.
“The kids were amazed by seeing the continuous flow of red blood cells in the vessels. They were described as being like ‘in a rollercoaster’ or ‘like little ants walking on paths’, said Dr Nadort.
“It was great to see the excitement and interest from kids as young as six at our stand. Hopefully we managed to play a small role in promoting an ongoing interest in science in these bright and eager minds,” she said.
Below – Dr Annemarie Nadort and Dr Martin Ploschner demonstrate the wonders of science to children at the Australian Museum.
12 September 2017:
CNBP researchers Dr Denitza Denkova and Dr Martin Ploschner took their luminescence and fluorescence science expertise to the general public, at a special after-hours event known as ‘Science at the Calyx’ at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney.
Presenting to an audience of approximately sixty people, the CNBP scientists focused on giving members of the public information about the origins of luminescence and examples of it being used – from everyday life to medical applications, and the amazing natural phenomenon of bioluminescence which can be found in plants, animals and fungi.
Following the hour long talk, there were demonstrations including the use of fluorescent bubbles, a ‘magical’ fluorescent screen, the showing of several fluorescent specimens and an examination of fluorescence in money and documents for security purposes. There was also as ample time for attendees to talk to the researchers about their work with fluorescent molecules and nanoparticles.
According to Dr Denkova, the event was highly rewarding.
“There was plenty of opportunity for personal interaction which was embraced by attendees. Many had an interest in the medical applications related to fluorescence, but there were also great questions on practical everyday activities – such as how to paint bikes with fluorescent paint to help improve road safety. Following the talk, people had the chance to walk around the beautiful garden with a UV torch in their hand to discover for themselves which plants are fluorescent. Both Martin and myself enjoyed communicating our science to a wider public!”
10 June 2017:
Dr Martin Ploschner, CNBP Researcher, has taken his outreach skills to the Czech and Slovak School, Sydney where he performed several hands-on science shows for approximately 100 students, all aged 10 and under.
The show connected fun light-based activities with CNBP science and included the creation of gigantic fluorescent bubbles as well as the use of fluorescent screens that were able to be used as canvas that could be ‘painted on’ with light.
“I had a great time at the school and the activities were very well received,” says Martin.
“The younger kids had fun and the older children asked a lot of questions about the science behind the show. As an added bonus, I was invited back for further school open days as well!”
20 June 2016:
Attendees at Sydney’s ‘Physics in the pub’ event were treated to a magical light-inspired show by CNBP researchers Martin Ploschner, Denitza Denkova and Varun Sreenivasan. Together they wowed the audience at the Three Wise Monkeys Hotel, using little more than UV light, fluorescent paint and other handy fluorescing materials.
Their act, one of a number on the night, aimed to take science out of the laboratory, to take it to the public, and to make it educational, entertaining and fun in equal measure!
All three researchers enjoyed the experience of showcasing their science in a relaxed and informal environment, and quickly overcame any potential stage nerves to flaunt their fluro-physics to a full-house of engaged and interested members of the public.
Well done to all three – a short video of the fun-filled show can be viewed online!
12 May 2016:
Martin Ploschner, CNBP Research Fellow, undertook an invited talk at the ‘EMN Meeting on Light-Matter Interactions’, Singapore, May 12th, 2016.
His talk was titled ‘Multimode fibre endoscopy.’
Further meeting information can be found online.
14 July 2015:
Our newest CNBP recruit, Dr Martin Ploschner, has just been published in the prestigious journal Nature Photonics.
The research, titled “Seeing through chaos in multimode fibres” is a study from his previous role at the University of Dundee and could open up a new era of superfast communications technology and lead to breakthroughs in the treatment of medical conditions.
The paper can be accessed here: http://rdcu.be/dmRm
The University of Dundee media release available here: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/news/2015/breakthrough-in-fibre-optics-opens-up-possibility-of-better-understanding-of-disease-and-communication-revolution.php
1 July 2015:
CNBP welcomes its newest Research Fellow – Dr Martin Ploschner.
Located at Sydney’s Macquarie University, Martin will be working in Prof Ewa Goldys’ team, working on the development of novel imaging tools (using computer holography) for imaging of fragile biological systems (such as early stage mouse embryos). He will also be developing new illumination methods based on compressing sensing for applications in biology.
Looking forward to his time with the CNBP, Martin’s previous role was at the University of Dundee, Scotland, working with Dr Tomas Cizmar. His work involved the development of new techniques that pave the way for the use of multimode fibre as a miniature substitute to a standard microscope objective.
Welcome to the CNBP team Martin!