National Science Week 2020

National Science Week is Australia’s science celebration that has been running each year since 1997. Due to the pandemic, many events have shifted online, and this year TMOS’s event is no exception.

TMOS has collaborated with Fizzics Education, Australia’s premier science outreach company, to produces its first ever event – Light, Lasers and Laboratories!

Register for this online event to take part in the fun!

Fizzics Education Presenter Dr Russell Sandstrom completed his PhD at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) with TMOS Chief Investigator, Professor Igor Aharonovich. Russel became a science communication professional in 2018 to share his enjoyment of science with the public.

“It is honestly the most rewarding job I have ever had.” – Dr Russell Sandstrom

Russell is the perfect presenter to highlight key physics concepts on the science of light due his background in physics and passion for communicating complex ideas.

“I have very fond memories of these labs, the things I created, and the people I worked with. It feels like home seeing it again.” – Dr Russell Sandstrom

Professor Aharonovich, moved to UTS in 2013 after completing his PhD at the University of Melbourne and postdoctoral training at Harvard. Since then, he has mentored and supervised PhD students and new researchers in meta-optics and nanophotonics, including current PhD student Mr Johannes Froech and postdoctoral researcher Dr Sejeong Kim, who will be presenting in the TMOS event on Thursday.

“I’m proud of all of my former and current students and postdoctoral researchers. One of the great parts of becoming a scientist is sharing what you know and building up those around you to be successful.” – Professor Aharonovich

Light, Lasers and Laboratories will explore concepts in physics with educational (and entertaining!) demonstrations lead by Russell of Fizzics Education. We will then cross live to the labs at UTS to talk with Igor, Johannes and Sejeong about their science.

Froech demonstrating an experiment. Credit: Danny Lam of Fizzics Education


“I’m a little nervous but looking forward to showing science to a new audience. My mum is going to watch!” – Mr Johannes Froech

We hope you can join us (and Johannes’s mum!) this Thursday 20 August at 5:30 pm AEST for an hour of infotainment – with lasers.


You can now view the highlights reel on the TMOS YouTube Channel.

About the author/s

Samara Thorn

As the Engagement Manager at TMOS, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems, my role is to help researchers communicate their science and help businesses understand how the new field of meta-optics will transform their industry and where future opportunities for growth li ... more

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