Outreach Activities

International Day of Light 2021

The International Day of Light is a global initiative that provides an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. The broad theme of light will allow many different sectors of society worldwide to participate in activities that demonstrates how science, technology, art and culture can help achieve the goals of UNESCO – education, equality, and peace.

Read the brochure dedicated to IDL2021, where WON researchers describe how the projects relate to the concept of “light”.

Dia Mundial de las Telecomunicaciones ITU UDLA

At the event titled 'Dia Mundial de las Telecomunicaciones ITU UDLA 2021' –  “The challenges of Digital transformation in Latin America countries' organised by Ingeniería en Telecomunicaciones – UDLA  our reseacher Thyago Monteiro presented a talk about the role of Telecommunications in the UN Sustainability Development Goals. 

See Thyago's presentation on the YouTube (starting at 50.10) 

Past Events

ONFIRE Outreach Dissemination event (Virtual and Online) 21 May 2020

Our ESRs from Politecnico di Torino – Elliot London and Rasoul Sadeghi Yamchi participated at the Outreach Dissemination Event organised by the H2020 ONFIRE during its 2nd Summer School on the 21th May, 2020. The event was held virtually and online and was jointly organized with ITN REAL-NET (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018- 813144) and ITN WON (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018- 814276).

Optics demonstrations at the Birmingham Primary School, 14th Feb 2020

On 14th February 2020 Aleksandr Donodin together with the colleagues from the Aston Institute of Photonics Technologies such as EID FONTE organised an outreach activity in the Primary School in Birmingham (UK) during the School Careers Fair. They presented different demonstrations on light, optics and photonics  to the kids of the age of 10-11 and talked with them about engineering, physics and science.

“Think beyond Pink”, an event by the OSA Chapter in Torino 11th Feb 2020

ETN WON ESRs from POLITO – Elliot London, Rasoul Sadeghi Yamchi and Bruno Vinícius de Araujo Correia participated in the event “Think Beyond Pink” organized by the OSA Chapter Torino sponsored by the Optical Society (OSA) to celebrate the International Day of Women in Science. The aim of the event was to promote the presence of women in engineering and science and to encourage the new generations to break gender barriers.

Outreach to Industry: PHOTONEX EUROPE 2019, Coventry, UK Oct 2019

ESR Aleksandr Donodin from Aston University has reached out to industry as a part of the team representing the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies at the Photonex Europe 2019 exhibition event in Coventry, UK. PHOTONEX is the UK’s premier event dedicated to photonics, imaging, optical technologies from pure research to development of bespoke advanced user solutions. It attracts researchers, engineers from industry and academia.

Upcoming Events

Within the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, ASTUTE plan a one-day exposition of technologies that will contribute to future smart city life, from autonomous robots and self-driving cars to the latest ideas in sustainable living. A mixture of demonstrations, hands-on workshops and public lectures will be presented by research engineers in such fields as artificial intelligence, robotics, machine vision, transport, logistics, energy, sustainability and telecommunications. An important component will be the consideration of how such technologies can impact on society, both positively and negatively. Whilst the event will be open to all, the primary audience is school age children, who are the ones who will have to live in the city of tomorrow. Critically, we will specifically target those wards in Birmingham where over 50% of children are growing up in poverty, where there is the most risk of a growing “digital divide” between those who can benefit from future connected technologies and those who though poverty or lack of education, are being left behind. Predominantly the event will feature  research from Aston University but we already have significant interest in participation from external bodies such as Transport for West Midlands, Birmingham City Council, Arup and Highways England.