In addition to our research, we are also keen on sharing our knowledge through outreach. If you would like to work with us on any outreach activity, get in touch!

Horizons of Optical, Photonics and Emerging Sciences (HOPES) Webinars #HOPESWebinars

This series led by Dr Akhil Kallepalli, in collaboration with the IEEE UK and Ireland Section Photonics Chapter and IOP Optical Group, brings research and innovation leaders forward to discuss the future directions across different topics and subjects.

This series takes a different approach to seminal webinars. Instead of focussing on a single piece of research and/or innovation, we invite highly impactful individuals to discuss the future of their domains. This will allow the speaker to share their informed view of future innovations on a platform that encourages a true exchange for shaping the evolution of science. We hope that in such discussions, unique solutions in pure and interdisciplinary domains can be unravelled.

Seeing beneath your skin @ The Big Bounce (Institute of Physics)

Our research into imaging blood vessels (preprint) is helping spread the word and awareness around light transport through tissue and sharing the improvements that can be achieved in healthcare with low-cost solutions. At the IOP’s annual Big Bounce event (Glasgow), we spoke to over 300 parents and children over the course of an afternoon, sharing the latest in the field, science in general, STEM career and more.

Secondary School Talk (Careers in Quantum Technologies: Imaging)

This event was presented online to multiple schools. Attended by over 400 students, the event detailed how quantum technologies and imaging play a vital role in biophotonics and was followed by a Q&A session.

Microscopes for Schools

Our idea, through this project, is to make microscopy accessible to schools. With support from our partners (below) and the open-access microscope, OpenFlexure, developed by Dr Richard Bowman‘s team, we are building 20 microscopes for schools around Glasgow. This project includes discussions with school teachers and presentations in schools (starting in 2022).

Follow all the latest updates on Twitter at #ModMicroPrimary

Mental Health in Academia

Actively looking after my personal mental health has been a key part of my research career. I am keen to share the message regarding positive mental health awareness and its importance in academia. To this end, I volunteer with Dragonfly Mental Health as an active speaker. In 2021, I have had 4 speaking engagements in Europe and the USA (over Zoom) and many more in 2022 covering topics of mental health literacy, fighting stigma, burnout and others.

IOP SW at the Royal International Air Tattoo 2019