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News from Japan, Osaka University Student Chapter

Osaka University's SPIE Student Chapter

Q&A with SPIE chapter president Shota Ushiba

Q: What's outstanding in Osaka?

A: Osaka University is the most powerful and advanced research institute in the field of optics and photonics. The number of professors in optics and photonics is the largest in Japan. Photonics Center Osaka University, where we will have our Asia Photonics Student Conference is the center of optics and photonics and it is a great place to host our large international student conference. In addition, Osaka is the second largest city in Japan and its culture is a little different from Tokyo. Osaka's food such as okonomiyaki and takoyaki is very delicious and it is also close to the city of Kyoto.

Q: Why did you choose the speakers that you did for your conference?

A: Prof. Kawata - Is a professor in the Department of Applied Physics at Osaka Univ., the Executive Director of Photonics Advanced Research Center, vice-president of Japan Society of Applied Physics, chairman of the board of directors, Nanophoton Corporation, etc. He has a wide variety of networks that is not limited to reseach. We would like to hear how he created his networks, learn how to create our own and how to effectively make use of them.

Prof. Michael Alley - Presentation skills are very important for scientists and they are also important and helpful in building networks quickly. Prof. Michael Alley is one of the best lecturers in the field of effective scientific presentations and through his lecture we expect to learn these skills.

Dr. Rachel Won - Writing skills are also very important and we hope to learn these skills at the conference. Dr. Rachel Won, the Chief Editor of Nature Photonics is very knowledgable is this area and knows which are the good scientific papers that are published in Nature Photonics. She also knows what makes papers interesting and impressive.

Dr. Rinto Nakahara - A lot of recent researchers are collaborating beyond countries and research fields, thus it is required for even scientists to manage teams. Dr. Rinto Nakahara serves as the President of Nanophoton Corp. which is a nanotechnology venture company and he works with engineers who have PhDs. He will talk about effective management from his experience and he hope his lecture will be useful for work in our future careers.

Prof. Junichiro Kono - It is important to know how to make use of your network effectively at the end of a conference. Prof. Junichiro Kono is the founder of NanoJapan Program, which is the award-winning international program for science and engineering undergraduate students. He is able to effectively build up research networks and we are expecting his talk to give us a clear idea on research collaboration.

Q: What are the hot research areas?

A: Most of our student chapter members are working in the field of optics and photonics with research keywords such as, microscopy, non-linear optics, and plasmonics.

Q: What is the job market like?

A: There are many students who are working in the optics and photonics field at places such as, Nikon, Olympus, Konica Minolta.