Dublin City University (DCU), University College Dublin (UCD) and Carlow Institute of Technology (CIT) got together to form a Student Committee to organise student events at OptoIreland. OptoIreland was an International Conference held in Dublin, Ireland from 4th-6th April to showcase the growing Photonics Industry that is establishing itself here. It covered all areas of photonics from Optoelectronic Devices, Imagining and Vision, Spectroscopy, and Optical Networks to name a few.
On Monday we held a Careers Presentation on CV Skills and Interview Writing. This was a very interesting and informative talk given by Helen McGardle from Science Recruitment Ireland. We all left the room with full of confidence in how to obtain the perfect job!
On Monday night we had a Student Social Evening, which was a great success. There was a large turnout; students came from all across Ireland and from abroad. There was "great craic" as we say here in Ireland. SPIE HQ kindly donated money to us, which enabled us to provide food and a few drinks to all the students. It was a brilliant way of meeting new people from all areas of photonic research.
On the Tuesday evening there was the Conference Dinner and Awards Ceremony. Here we enjoyed a lovely dinner held in the amazing dining hall in Trinity College, which was built in the 18th Century. Following dinner we had an awards ceremony where two of our DCU Chapter members won an award each. Lisa O'Reilly won the Best Student Presentation Award and Paul Maguire won the Best Poster Presentation.
Along with these events the conference held many very interesting talks and forums, which took place over the three days and covered a wide range of topics. There was also a large successful exhibition displaying the re-growth of optics here in Ireland and across Europe. Overall the Conference was a great success and through it the optical science and engineering students from a wide range of colleges have forged great links and hope to continue and maintain this.
The OptoIreland Student Organising Committee would like to kindly thank SPIE and in particular Karin Burger and Dirk Fabian for all their help. We would also like to thank all the students that helped out with the running of the Conference.
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