Women in optics

The average participation of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in Europe is 17%.  There is a substantial gap of women and men occupation in STEM, for several reasons. Some sources point out it is due to lack of role models, few options for practical experience and lack of mentorship.

OSKar has been involved since 2016 in several outreach projects to reach out for younger generations to get interested in optics, and this year, much of the focus is on getting the interest of young women and girls in optics.

On international women’s day, our vicepresident, Isabel Allegro, got together in an informal meeting with Elena, Virajini and Diana to talk about optics, life and everything in between, in Karlsruhe. As always, great ideas come to the table to implement during 2017.

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OSKar will be involved in Girls’ Day, promoting interest in optics for young girls with fun activities and interactive experiments that show that optics are a great area to develop a career in. Isabel will be present, along with her colleagues, to give positive role models for girls who might be interested in optics but were not aware of it before!

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OSKar is interested in promoting optics to the general population, but as a multicultural group of students, we are also interested in promoting women in STEM, and working in an open and egalatarian scientific community.

Master in Optics and Photonics in Karlsruhe

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It is time to apply for one of the best programs in Optics and Photonics in Germany! Of course I am talking about the KSOP master program in Karlsruhe.

As many of you know, KSOP is the optics and photonics master program of KIT, in partnership with the International Department, in the beautiful city of Karlsruhe. The program has five key specializations ranging from biomedical applications to fundamental and more theoretical areas of optics.

As a current student and almost-graduate, I have found the program very comprehensive and most importantly, it is very well recognized in Germany as a great program thanks to the great quality of former KSOP graduates in universities and companies all over the world.

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The application process is rather straightforward, with standard documents (such as education certificates, english language certificates and recommendation letters) and a statement of purpose on why you are interested in studying optics and photonics in Karlsruhe.

If you are interested, hurry up to apply before April 30! I will always be happy with my decision to study in KSOP and hopefully you will as well in the future!