Neon Museum with Nanorurki

Sometimes it’s good to reminisce, especially in times of social apocalypse. On 04.10.2019, we went together with a friendly chapter “Nanorurki” to the Warsaw Neon Museum. The museum focuses on presenting Polish light ads, but you can also find references to foreign culture. About the fact that everything ended colourfully,…

Career Paths in Photonics and Securing Research Funding

On 27th November we were hosting meeting with Gabrielle M Thomas, a winner of the very prestigious Marie-Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowship (IF), 2019 Ambassador of the Optical Society and now an innovation manager at M Squared. She shared her personal journey and experience of selecting a career path as well as some tips and resources useful for our own careers. Some of the most valuable things we’ve learned are ways of being more active in specific field of interest and building our own network.  During workshop our guest guided us through the process of writing grant proposals and securing funding. She provided us with elaborately detailed requirements and pointers to pay attention to while writing for grants and scholarships. What was extremely interesting to understand and discuss was her very own MSCA IF proposal.  Thank you all for great meeting!

Visualization: from data to (un)informative image

It’s hard to imagine a career, which completely doesn’t need making some data understandable. In the world where information is everywhere, it is necessary to represent it properly, if we want to be heard and understood. That’s why the talk about data visualization given by Bartosz Borucki from the ICM UW, was indeed useful and interesting. We’ve learned a lot about some principles and tips helping with representing data better. Especially the talk was focused on frequent mistakes which can not only complicate the understanding of certain information but even distort it. 

miniModes Photonics School 2019

Second November weekend was the time for the first edition of a new event in KNOF calendar – the miniModes Photonics School. Three days filled with lectures, workshops, presentations and discussions. Fives speakers from different UW units. Poster session, showcasing students’ work in optics-related research groups. Quizzes, brainstorimg sessions and…

Frontiers in Optics 2019

A memorable event from last September was the Frontiers in Optics 2019 conference in Washington DC, USA. 100 sessions, 800 presentations and 1300 participants – including three people from our Association! Besides meeting famous scientists – like Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland – and top industry leaders, we met our…

OPTO 2019 Toruń

During last summer break we stormed as usual the OPTO conference – meeting of optics-photonics student chapters from the whole Poland. This time we visited Toruń, where our hosts from Nicolaus Copernicus University prepared a pletora of lectures, workshops and other attractions. Each of our Associates presented their research. Social meetings after the officla parts brought an additional effect – the boards of student chapters decided that the OPTO 2022 will be hosted at our University!

Thank you for warm reception in Toruń and see you next year!

Science with WOW! – meeting with Tomasz Rożek

The star of our first meeting in 2019/2020 was doctor Tomasz Rożek – one of the most popular science communicators in Poland. Aside from his PhD in Physics, he also has degree in Journalism, both at University of Silesia in Katowice. He wrote several popular science books and articles. He also creates TV show Sonda2 and webpage At the meeting he answered the questions about science popularization. Science, as beautiful as it is, still needs strong PR sector to inspire interests in people.

IONS Barcelona 2019

Being a member of KNOF always means actively spent holiday break! In June 2019 six of our Associates visited the Institute of Photonic Sciences in sunny Barcelona for the IONS conference, where they showed their research, promoted Polish science and our initiatives, and met fellow students and PhD candidates from…

Vigo 2019

8th EPS Young Minds Leadership Meeting 2019

Europejskie Towarzystwo Fizyczne (EPS) po raz ósmy organizowało w tym roku spotkanie Young Minds Leadership, tym razem w Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light w niemieckim Erlangen. Oczywiście KNOFu, jako oddziału studenckiego EPS, nie mogło tam zabraknąć. Spotkania te ukierunkowane są na umiejętności miękkie, prezentacje swoich wyników i komunikację z innymi naukowcami. Nasza Wiceprezes, Natalia Kuk, prezentowała nie tylko wyniki swoich badań w Laboratorium Ultrazimnych Gazów Kwantowych, ale też działalność popularyzatorską KNOF.

Wideo popularyzatorskie przygotowane przez nasze Koło zdobyło nagrodę na najlepszy tego typu projekt – gratulujemy!