International Day of Light

International Day of Light Early Career Virtual Session

Bright Expectations: Panel discussion with scientists working at 4th Generation Light Sources
Tuesday 16th May 2023

Bright Expectations (watch event recording below!)  provides an opportunity for viewers to learn what it is like to work at a 4th generation light source directly from scientists from around the world. This interactive session includes short talks from the panellists on the facility they work at/use and their current roles. Ashley White, our moderator, then poses questions to the panel on their career journeys, their views on the advantages and potential of 4th generation lights sources, potential breakthroughs on the horizon and more…

During the live event, there was also an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. If have any feedback or further questions on the content of this session, please get in touch with Silvana Westbury, Lightsources.org Project Manager at webmaster@lightsources.org

Our participants

Welcome: Isabelle Boscaro-Clarke, Vice Chair of Lightsources.org and Head of Impact, Communication and Engagement at Diamond Light Source, the UK’s synchrotron facility at Harwell in Oxfordshire, UK

Moderator: Ashley White, Director of Communications Interim Deputy for Strategy, Advanced Light Source (ALS), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, USA

Panel members:

Monika Bjelcic, PhD Student at the MicroMAX beamline at MAX IV in Lund, Sweden

Georgi, Dakovski, Lead Scientist at the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at SLAC in California, USA

Graziela Sedenho, Academic user working on biocatalysis at Sirius, the Brazilian synchrotron light source in Campinas (SP) in Brazil

Marta, Mirolo, Postdoctoral fellow, ID31 – Buried Interface Beamline, EBS at the ESRF, Grenoble, France

About International Day of Light 

Light plays a central role in our lives. On the most fundamental level, through photosynthesis, light is at the origin of life itself. The study of light has led to promising alternative energy sources, lifesaving medical advances in diagnostics technology and treatments, light-speed internet and many other discoveries that have revolutionized society and shaped our understanding of the universe.
The International Day of Light (IDL) is celebrated on 16 May each year, the anniversary of the first successful operation of the laser in 1960 by physicist and engineer, Theodore Maiman. This day is a call to strengthen scientific cooperation and harness its potential to foster peace and sustainable development.
The International Day of Light celebrates the role light plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. The celebration 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 – building the foundation for peaceful societies.

>Read more on the UNESCO website

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