IONS Paris Conference took place between the 14th and 17th of June, and three of our Chapter members attended with really good feelings. Their contributions were two talks and one poster. Also, they represented the Chapter doing some workshops for children.
Part of the conference happened at École Polytechnique, which is in a peaceful environment surrounded by vegetation. This place is full of instruments that belonged to important figures of the history of Physics and Optics such as Hermann von Helmholtz or Augustin Fresnel.
Our first experience before arriving at the University was very tiring, after climbing never ending stairs. But the fatigue did not last long, remembering that we were in Paris, and seeing the diversity of students from different countries that were there, and that we had to meet.
Clara Benedi-Garcia talked about the impact of the interactions between mono- and chromatic aberrations on visual function on the first day.
Sara El Aissati talked about double-pass technique to compare different visual simulators in an Adaptive Optics environment the last day at Paris Sud University.
Xoana Barcala-Gosende took a poster about the characterization of the dynamic response of tunable lenses with a high-speed focimeter on the last poster’s session of the congress.
During the congress there were many keynote speakers and interesting talks/posters from other students. One of them was Prof. Viktor Gruev, whose talk named “Bio-Inspired Sensors: From the Ocean to the Operating Room” will help our chapter to improve our workshop about animal’s vision. On the other hand, Prof. John Dudley with his talk about “Solitons to supercontinuum – the science and applications of nonlinear fiber optics” and Dr. Carsten Baur, talking about “Solar cells for space applications: challenges and opportunities” inspired us also new ideas to our workshops.
The last day of the congress, some student chapters carried out some workshops for children. Our chapter did the “Communication with light” and “Phosphorescence and fluorescence” workshops thanks to the help of a French researcher, Mathias Berciano, who did the translations from English to French. This experience was really gratifying, because we could know how French schools are and also our translator, Mathias, learnt from our workshops. As the organization of the Congress said, the language is not a barrier to discuss science.
After doing the outreach activity, our chapter could join the other chapters from Russia, Italy and Colombia and share the workshops we do, so there was a great exchange of ideas.
There were also some posters from other student chapters, where we could learn which kind of activities they do in Barcelona, Naples, Russia or Southampton. We talked a lot with all of them during the poster session and after, discussing about our ideas and projects. Social networking was very useful for everybody, because at the end of the day, all of us have the same goal: to divulge science to the society.
To encourage this social network, many activities besides academic presentations were organized like wine tasting or gala dinner.
Gala dinner was placed on ‘La Maison des Polytechniciens’, a beautiful and very luxurious place where we could enjoy a pleasant atmosphere. It was an unforgettable experience.
After the three-day congress, there was a Social Day and our members joined it! It was a great way to know the heart of Paris, with a river cruise on the Seine, a picnic at the “Champ the Mars” and guided walking tour of the “Ile de la Cité”. It was also a good way to get to know better the others congress assistants, ask more questions about their work or their chapters, etc.
In summary, it was an unforgettable experience for our members, they came with a lot of ideas, proposals for the Chapter, new contacts and good memories!