City Research Centres host successful half-day workshop
City University London's Research Centres of Photonics & Instrumentation and Biomedical Engineering successfully hosted a joint workshop with the Centre of Excellence in Nanoscale Biophotonics (CNBP) on 23rd October. The event took place in the Convocation Suite of the Centenary Building.
Funded by the Australian Research Council, the CNBP is a collaborative program whose research is focussed within nodes at the University of Adelaide, Macquarie University and RMIT University. The CNBP is a transdisciplinary centre which brings together leading Australian researchers with partners in Europe, the US, China as well as strategic partners within industry. City is one of the CNBP’s key European partners.
The Director of the CNBP, Professor Mark Hutchinson, gave a comprehensive review of its activities, explaining its core themes - illuminate, recognize, measure and discover - and the Centre’s most recent research into complex neuronal systems. This was followed by a series of presentations given by Professor Tong Sun, Professor Azizur Rahman and Dr Arti Agrawal from the Research Centre of Photonics & Instrumentation and by Professor Panicos Kyriacou from the Research Centre of Biomedical Engineering. Professor Tong Sung was pleased with the outcome of the workshop. She said: “The workshop provided an excellent opportunity for academics across several engineering disciplines to exchange information and establish new areas of collaboration. It was also good exposure for the graduate and post-doctoral students within our Research Centres.”
Biophotonics is the study of the interaction of light with biological material, where “light” includes all forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. A more recent development of photonics, much of biophotonics is focused on translating discoveries in the sciences around lasers, light and imaging into useful medical tools.