The Optical Society of America is an organization that networks people with mutual interests in Optics and Photonics. The Manipal OSA student chapter, established in August 2016, is an independent student body with about forty members at present. With the aim of research, learning and spreading knowledge, the chapter conducted outreach programmes in schools in and around Manipal, attended conferences and symposiums within the country, organized competitions like photography and displayed various experiments to middle-school students on National Science Day 2017.
On 29th of July, the Manipal OSA Student chapter conducted a One-day Symposium on “Advances in Bio-Optics, Bio-Photonics and Optogenetics”. The event was held at the Interact building, KMC Manipal.
The event was inaugurated by eminent dignitaries like Dr. M.S. Valiathan, National Research Professor, Dr. Poornima Baliga, Pro-vice Chancellor, Health Sciences, Dr. K. Satyamoorthy, Director of School of Life Sciences, Manipal University. The welcome speech in the inaugural session was given by the chapter President, Harsh Ranawat.
The symposium was divided into three sessions. There were a total of eight esteemed speakers to share their knowledge on Optics, Photonics and relevant subjects. Dr. Jayashree R, head of the division of Biophotonics and Imaging, SCTCE, Trivandrum spoke on ‘Gold-nanostructures’, Dr. Vijendra Prabhu,an assistant professor at Dept. of Biotechnology, MIT, Manipal gave a talk on ‘Low Level Laser therapy’, Dr. Saikat Dutta, assistant professor, NITK, Suratkal talked about ‘Functional Organic crystals’, Dr. Vinod Jyothikumar, Independent Biosecurity consultant, Mysore, shared his views on Biosecurity and food security, and Dr. Angela Brand, Maastricht University, Netherlands spoke on ‘Medical devices for early detection of Alzheimer’s’. The delegates also gained insight by the learned professors from School of Life Sciences including Dr. K.K. Mahato on ‘Photoacoustic Spectroscopy’, Dr. Shamaprasad on ‘Confocal Microscopy’, and Dr. Nirmal Mazumder on ‘Advanced Optical Microscopy’. The symposium was attended by 110 delegates from different parts of the country.
At the end of the sessions, the gathering witnessed a talk by Raashi Chauhan, a chapter member, on ‘Quantum dots and its applications’ as of recent developments and a presentation by Sravasti Mukherjee, the vice-president of the chapter, about the making of the chapter, its recent achievements and future plans.
By the end of the symposium, the delegates and the organizers had gained immense knowledge and experience. The One Day Symposium was a Grand Success.
-Bhargavi Karna and Tanaaz Khan