CNBP Outreach

At the CNBP we’re committed to sharing our science and research activities with a wide range of audiences, including the scientific community, general public (including students and schools), government and influencers; and end users and industry.
 
Our outreach strategy is based on the principle that differing audiences require differing approaches to truly ensure successful communication and engagement.
 
In supporting this strategy CNBP works with media, uses online tools and resources, visits schools, hosts laboratory tours, runs seminars, is actively engaged in developing extensive social media networks and regularly reaches out to politicians and industry through a variety of programs and events.
 
We are passionate about nanotechnology and biophotonics—we look to communicate the wonders and opportunities related to our science, to all of our audiences, with an energy and enthusiasm that aims to motivate, educate and inspire.
 
Explore below for the latest accounts of our outreach and stakeholder related activity.

CNBP at AstroLight Festival

23 September 2017: CNBP scientists joined forces with astronauts, astronomers, scientists, stargazers and artists to present a night starring astronomy and light at the annual AstroLight Festival, held at Scienceworks in Melbourne, Saturday 23 September, 2017. The public event, which attracted more than 1,500 attendees, saw eleven CNBP team members involved – giving talks, undertaking […]

Children’s University Regional Lecture Series

17 September 2017: Georgina Sylvia, CNBP researcher, was recently involved in two outreach events organised as part of the Children’s University Regional Lecture Series, which aims to stimulate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM subjects) for school children in Years 6-9. At the first event at Renmark, she presented exciting chemistry demonstrations to year […]

Concordia students visit CNBP labs

14 September 2017: Eighty Concordia College students with an interest in STEM undertook a series of educational tours at CNBP laboratories at the University of Adelaide—forty students visiting Wednesday 6th September and a further forty students visiting Wednesday 13th September, 2017. The students were hosted by a number of CNBP researchers, undertaking laboratory tours in both […]

CNBP science at the Calyx

12 September 2017: CNBP researchers Dr Denitza Denkova and Dr Martin Ploschner took their luminescence and fluorescence science expertise to the general public, at a special after-hours event known as ‘Science at the Calyx’ at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney. Presenting to an audience of approximately sixty people, the CNBP scientists focused on giving members of the […]

School tour of Braggs labs

31 August 2017: Caritas College students visiting the University of Adelaide for a ‘science day’ were shown around laboratory spaces in the Braggs Building by CNBP PHD students Kathryn Palasis (pictured) and Georgina Sylvia. The 23 Year 9 school students were given a tour through a synthetic chemistry lab and then spoke with both CNBP […]

Talking science at UoA Open Day

20 August 2017: CNBP volunteers at the University of Adelaide Open Day took the opportunity to set-up a stand and to demonstrate Centre related science, Sunday 20th August, 2017. The Open Day, showcasing programs, facilities, and options for student study at the University, saw many thousands of visitors to Campus and the CNBP team was ready! […]

CNBP at Macquarie Uni Open Day

19 August 2017: ‘The power of light to measure’ was the phrase commonly expressed by Centre researchers staffing the CNBP stand at this year’s Macquarie University Open Day. This was in response to potential University students and their family members, who were looking to find out more about nanoscale biophotonics as well as to better […]

Outreach at Concordia College

16 August 2017: Students from Concordia College got the low-down on STEM careers—as well as learnt more about lasers, laboratories and the life of a scientist at a school outreach event organised and run by CNBP researchers from the University of Adelaide. The event, celebrating National Science Week, saw a team of CNBP scientists and researchers visit […]

Girls in Physics

15 August 2017: Emma Wilson, CNBP PhD student has participated in a ‘Girls in Physics’ outreach program run by the Vicphysics Teachers’ Network in Melbourne, August 15, 2017. The program, a breakfast event whereby female scientists working in physics or related areas, are teamed up with a table of Year 11/12 female students, is an opportunity […]

CNBP attracts the crowds at RMIT Open Day

13 August 2017: Over 400 interested members of the public, including prospective students,  dropped by the CNBP laboratories as a part of RMIT University’s annual Open Day event, Sunday 13th August, 2017. The Centre had two optics laboratories open and both were fully staffed by researchers eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for science. […]

CNBP at ‘Science meets Policymakers’

8 August 2017: CNBP was well represented at the STA ‘Science meets Policymakers’ event held in Canberra, August 8, 2017. Researchers A/Prof Guozhen Liu, Dr Alf Garcia-Bennett, Dr Sanam Mustafa and Dr Hannah Brown all attended and heard a number of talks on topics ranging from ‘A Whole Government approach to Science Policy’, to ‘A […]

The palette of the mind

12 July 2017: Around fifty high performing Year 10 to Year 12 students from Australia and New Zealand came to RMIT on the 11th of July to listen to CNBP Chief Investigator Prof Andy Greentree present  a talk titled “Colour: the palette of the mind.” The talk was a part of the Youth ANZAAS visit to […]

Superstars of STEM

3 July 2017: Congratulations to CNBP’s Dr Hannah Brown and Dr Sanam Mustafa, both from the University of Adelaide and both selected to participate in the inaugural 2017 Superstars of STEM program. The program, implemented by ‘Science and Technology Australia’, supports 30 women employed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to become highly visible public role models. […]

School science conference impresses

15 June 2017: Dr Nima Sayyadi, CNBP researcher, has undertaken guest judging duties at the 2017 Sydney Girls High School Science Conference. Each year students at Sydney Girls High School complete a research project as part of the NSW Science Curriculum. This project provides Year 9 students with an opportunity to design and perform an investigation into […]

Outreach fun linked to science

10 June 2017: Dr Martin Ploschner, CNBP Researcher, has taken his outreach skills to the Czech and Slovak School, Sydney where he performed several hands-on science shows for approximately 100 students, all aged 10 and under. The show connected fun light-based activities with CNBP science and included the creation of gigantic fluorescent bubbles as well […]

CNBP participates in LEA outreach event

7 June 2017: With a focus on STEM learning and the need for innovative outreach approaches, Learning Environments Australia (SA chapter) have coordinated a forum at the University of Adelaide, 7 June 2017, which saw significant support from the CNBP. Prof Mark Hutchinson (CNBP Director), Tony Crawshaw (CNBP Communications and Outreach Coordinator) and Dr Sabrina Heng (CNBP […]

Social media for research engagement

21 April 2017: CNBP’s Dr Hannah Brown (pictured), together with Prof Ben Mol, the University of Adelaide and Melinda Cruz, CEO and Founder of Miracle Babies Foundation, believe that social media interaction and scientific activity should go hand-in-hand. They argue that increased social engagement by scientists with collaborators, the media, governing and funding bodies, government […]

CNBP talks to the pollies at SmP

24 March 2017: A chance to talk science with Australian politicians and policy influencers was an opportunity seized by CNBP with Centre Investigator Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem and Centre Research Fellow Dr Andrew Care both in attendance at the annual ‘Science meets Parliament’ (SmP) event, Canberra, 21-22 March, 2017. Established by Science and Technology Australia, SmP provides 200 […]

Science ‘Experience Day’ at RMIT

18 January 2017: Researchers at CNBP’s RMIT University node were busy doing light-based demonstrations on Wednesday Jan 18th, as part of the ‘RMIT University Experience Day’ program, whereby students from years 10, 11 and 12 get to engage in hands-on workshops and explore life on campus while experiencing the differing aspects of University discipline areas. […]

CNBP outreach strategy presented

4 November 2016: Tony Crawshaw, CNBP Communications and Outreach Coordinator, has undertaken a talk and sat on a panel discussion at the 2016 Regional Day Out event, hosted by Learning Environments Australasia’s South Australia chapter in Adelaide. The Regional Day Out meeting (with approximately 250 attendees) focused on the education debate regarding STEM in Australia ( […]

Conference outreach inspires

19 October 2016: As a part of the SPIE Biophotonics Australasia conference, the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics organised a half day outreach session for approximately 100 South Australian students on the 19 October, 2016. The session, focused on inspiring the next generation of scientists, saw Yr 10 and 11 students  from Concordia College, Seaview High School and Seymour College […]

Goldys gives public talk on cell colour

4 October 2016: CNBP Deputy Director Prof Ewa Goldys gave a colourful and illuminating public talk at Macquarie University today, discussing a pioneering hyperspectral imaging technique that is helping researchers better understand the composition of cells, right down at a molecular level. The talk, entitled, ‘A Eureka Moment for Cell Colour Technology’, explored the use of […]

Researchers light-up festival

10 September 2016: Researchers from the RMIT University node of the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) were out in force to support this year’s AstroLight Festival at Scienceworks, Melbourne, undertaking a wide variety of talks, displays, hands-on activities and demonstrations that entertained and educating over 2000 excited members of the public. From talks encompassing laser […]

Outreach session at St. Ignatius College

23 August 2016 CNBP researchers from the University of Adelaide, Michelle Zhang and Sabrina Heng, have undertaken a school outreach session at St. Ignatius College, Adelaide, August 23, 2016. The scientists spoke to two groups of children in an early-learning program about the science of light and the use of light in medicine. Several hands-on […]

Open Day at Macquarie University

20 August 2016: CNBP researchers at Macquarie University celebrated the formal end of National Science Week by participating in Macquarie University’s Open Day, Sunday August 20th. With a table and demos set-up to entice intending students and members of the public, CNBP researchers discussed their science and talked about the opportunities that a science education […]

Inaugural Professorial Lecture by CI Greentree

19 August 2016: CNBP Chief Investigator Andrew Greentree presented to a full-house at RMIT University during his Inaugural Professorial Lecture on Friday evening, August 19th, 2016. Over 150 colleagues, friends, family and members of the public were in attendance to hear about Andy’s innovative research, and to better understand the exciting potential of quantum technology and […]

Adelaide Compass outreach collaboration

16 August 2016: CNBP researchers and Adelaide Compass at the University of Adelaide teamed up today to host an extremely successful outreach session as a part of National Science Week, 2016. The ‘Hit The Lights’ outreach program saw Year 5 students from Burton Primary School visit the CNBP HQ and participate in interactive workshops, demonstrations […]

Open Day at RMIT University

14 August 2016: CNBP’s RMIT University node had a highly successful Open Day experience, with more than 500 people passing through CNBP laboratories and work areas, with CNBP researchers on hand to discuss their science and explain more fully just what nano-scale biophotonics encompasses! Activities included Associate Professor Brant Gibson introducing CNBP to groups of […]

Open Day at the University of Adelaide

14 August 2016: In a great start to National Science Week, CNBP researchers at the University of Adelaide participated in the annual University Open Day, engaging with prospective students and the general public with a host of interactive demonstrations, talks and laboratory tours. According to CNBP General Manager Mel Trebilcock, “Our X-factor this year by far, […]

Encouraging female students to study STEM subjects

11 August 2016: After a successful keynote presentation at the 2015 annual ‘Beach Energy Women in STEM Breakfast’ at Thebarton Senior College, CNBP’s Dr Mustafa was once again invited back to the college to engage with young female students at the 2016 event. Returning from maternity leave, Dr Sanam Mustafa was in an ideal position […]

Physics in the pub!

20 June 2016: Attendees at Sydney’s ‘Physics in the pub’ event were treated to a magical light-inspired show by CNBP researchers Martin Ploschner, Denitza Denkova and Varun Sreenivasan. Together they wowed the audience at the Three Wise Monkeys Hotel, using little more than UV light, fluorescent paint and other handy fluorescing materials. Their act, one of a number […]

Malcolm Purdey at Fresh Science

14 June 2016: “It was all about effective communication and engaging meaningfully with your target audience,” summarised CNBP researcher Dr Malcolm Purdey who has just completed the ‘Fresh Science‘ training program, in Adelaide, South Australia. An annual program, ‘Fresh Science’ comprises a day of media and communication training for early career researchers, helping turn them […]

Minnesota students visit MQ node

20 May 2016: On Friday May 20th 2016, a group of 25 engineering and physics students from the University of Minnesota visited Macquarie University for a very full day of talks, seminars and laboratory tours. As a part of this visit, CNBP Deputy Director Prof Ewa Goldys provided a 45 minute talk to the students, […]

Science, beauty, and the art of asking questions

6 May 2016: Good science is simply the art of asking really good questions said CNBP Chief Investigator Prof Tanya Monro, in a motivating TEDx talk that took place in Adelaide, May 6th, 2016. Tanya’s talk, titled “Science, beauty, childhood and the art of asking questions” explained how science and mathematics can help explain everything […]

Kids learn photonics at STEMSEL session

19 April 2016: CNBP was happy to host the next generation of young scientists at today’s ‘STEMSEL Photonics’ session at the University of Adelaide node. STEMSEL clubs, standing for ‘Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Social Enterprise Learning’ are an arm of the STEMSEL Foundation which is a not for profit organisation that aims to teach every […]

CNBP hosts John Gardner MP

11 March 2016: John Gardner MP (Liberal Shadow Minister for Education; Multicultural Affairs; The Arts and Higher Education, Science and the Information Economy) and SA State Member for Morialta, took time out to visit CNBP and the University of Adelaide on Friday March 11th, 2016. Meeting with CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson and General Manager Mel […]

Supporting ‘Scientists and mathematicians in schools’ program

10 March 2016: Dr Sabrina Heng, CNBP researcher has undertaken a further school visit to Lockleys Primary School in Adelaide as a part of her involvement in the Scientists and Mathematicians in Schools (SMiS) outreach program. SMiS is a national volunteer program bringing real science, mathematics and ICT into the classroom through ongoing flexible partnerships between teachers […]

CNBP meets the pollies

4 March 2016: CNBP fully embraced the opportunities provided by the just completed ‘Science meets Parliament’ event, organised by Science & Technology Australia, March 1-2, 2016. The event, attracting 200 of Australia’s top scientists across all disciplines, aimed to help researchers understand how politics, policymaking and the media work, and gave them an opportunity to […]

Scientists in Schools visit

3 March 2016: Dr Sabrina Heng, CNBP researcher has undertaken a school visit to Lockleys Primary School in Adelaide as a part of the ‘Scientists in Schools’ outreach program. Sabrina has been part of the Scientists in Schools program since 2011 and from last year has been attached to Lockleys, and more specifically to a […]

Visit to McMeen Elementary School in Denver

12 February 2016: Fitting in a half day of outreach at McMeen Elementary School in Denver, Colorado, was a highlight for CNBP Research Fellow Lindsay Parker. Spending time with a class of Year 5 students and their teacher, Lindsay led discussion about what scientists do, how research is conducted and answered a large number of science related queries. […]

MQ Uni hosts Coolangatta school students

12 February 2016: CNBP Research Fellow Denitza Denkova has helped host a school visit to Macquarie University’s Physics and Astronomy Department. The Year 12 science students, from Kingscliff High School, South Coolangatta, were shown a number of experiments and videos relevant to their Higher School Certificate study. Explained were principles encompassing particle and wavelength duality, as […]

Supporting Science Experience 2016

15 January 2016: CNBP researchers  Varun Sreenivasan and Denitza Denkova extended their outreach skills in support of the ConocoPhillips Science Experience program that took place at Macquarie University 13-15th January 2016. The national program, focused on  Year 9 and 10 students who have an interest in science, is rolled-out across universities and tertiary institutions across Australia. Students who attend […]

CNBP welcomes politicians

11 December 2015: CNBP was pleased to welcome The Hon Christopher Pyne MP (Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science), The Hon Karen Andrews MP (Assistant Minister for Science) and Senator The Hon Simon Birmingham (Minister for Education and Training) at the University of Adelaide today, discussing the Federal Government’s new National and Innovation Science Agenda. […]

Wyatt Roy visits CNBP at RMIT

10 December 2015: The Federal Member for Longman and Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy, along with the Vice Chancellor of RMIT Martin Bean, toured the three new CNBP optics laboratories today. They were shown CNBP’s custom confocal microscope setups including the cryostat which can be use to study light emitting properties of fluorescent nanomaterials from […]

Tanya Monro at TEDx Adelaide 2015

21 November 2015: CNBP Advocate and Chief Investigator, Prof Tanya Monro, was one of a select group of speakers presenting at the Adelaide TEDx event for 2015. Tanya’s talk – on the intriguing topics of beauty and science – captured the imagination of a packed Adelaide Town Hall with discussion points including, “Physics is really about […]

CNBP visits Belmont High School

13 November 2015: CNBP researchers Andy Greentree, Denitza Denkova and Lindsay Parker took their science to the students on Friday Nov 13th, visiting Belmont High School for a fun filled day of outreach, incorporating science demonstrations, talks, informal discussion and chat. First up was a 75 minute stage show in front of approximately 80 students […]

CNBP does Melbourne Knowledge Week

20 October 2015: CNBP’s RMIT node reached out to the public today, hosting a panel discussion on nanoscale technology as a part of  Melbourne Knowledge Week. ‘Up Close and Revealed: Life at the Nanoscale’ was the theme of the event with a focus on nanoscale optical sensors, quantum technology and next generation computational devices. Panel […]

Seeing into the body, one photon at a time

30 September 2015: In support of the official opening of CNBP’s RMIT University research node, a public lecture was undertaken by CNBP Chief Investigator and RMIT Professor, Andrew Greentree on Wednesday September 30th. The lecture, titled ‘Seeing into the body, one photon at a time’, saw Andrew Greentree discussing the nature of light, quantum physics, and how […]

Concordia College visits CNBP

21 September 2015: Students of Concordia College were left with an improved understanding of nano biophotonics, as well as the opportunities that a science education can provide, following a visit to the CNBP at the University of Adelaide earlier today. Impressed students were shown around CNBP laboratories by researchers Georgios Tsiminis and Yinlan Ruan, and were […]

Inspiring female careers in STEM

27 August 2015: CNBP’s Dr Sanam Mustafa was keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Beach Energy Women in STEM Breakfast, that took place at Thebarton Senior College, Adelaide, on the 27th August 2015. The event provided a networking and information session for high school aged female students involved in the STEM area. Also attending was the Minister for […]
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