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!

 

KSOP Career Fair on Optical Technologies in Karlsruhe

Hello dear members of OSKar!

On November 30, the Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP) hosts its annua KSOP Career Fair on Optical Technologies.

The event offers an ideal platform to get in touch with companies from the optics industry, e.g. OSRAM, TRUMPF or Polytec,  and to gather information about internships, master or PhD theses and open positions.

Additionally, there will be an application checkup, a professional application photo shooting and several workshops such as interview trainings.

On top, interested students get the unique possibility to inform themselves about the Master and PhD Program of KSOP.

The participation is free of charge. A registration is only necessary for the workshops.

Find more information here:

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Celebrating the Day of Photonics in KIT, October 2016

In what seemed like a very cloudy day to celebrate light, ended up being a very interesting environmental conditions that allowed to showcase some fun optical effects thanks to diffraction gratings and overcast.

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Starting at 9 AM and with a very cloudy morning, the OSKar group setup a small tent in the Arbeitskreis Kultur und Kommunikation (Work group for culture and communication, in German) and presented the KIT students some of the more interesting optical experiment demonstrations, such as the thermal camera working principle, and some diffraction gratings.

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Fortunately, the weather improved and the principle of diffraction gratings was able to be presented, using the sun to observe its spectrum, as well as some environmental effects such as atmospheric dispersion due to clouds.

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Some students also used other light sources to observe its spectral components, discovering for instance that blue LEDs are not as blue as one would expect, or that some interesting patterns arise from using different light sources with diffraction gratings.

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Many students were also interested in several of our future events, giving OSKar some visibility among the student organizations in KIT. How did you spend the day of photonics in your city? Tell us in the comments below!

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Kinder-Uni KIT, August 2016

Last August OSKar started its education outreach activities, thanks to an SPIE outreach grant used to finance several experiments, including the exhibition “Optics Beyond the Visible”, where we worked with a heat vision camera. We had the opportunity to take part in the event “Kinder-Uni” at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, which features six days of exciting lectures and hands on experiments for hundreds of children every year during summer break.

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During five days we had the pleasure to introduce many children to the fascinating world of optics with a wide spectrum of experiments from a secret LCD screen only visible to those who wear polarized glasses to our main attraction the heat vision camera!

We really enjoyed the opportunity to show children what we all are passionate about – light. Beyond that, the children’s inquiring mind and ability to be astonished was highly inspiring for all of us! We are looking forward to many more outreach activities in the future, especially with our cooperation partner – KIT’s High School Student’s Lab (Schülerlabor).

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