NEWS 2014

July 2014: Expansion of student activities in Africa: from south to north

Optics and photonics research in Africa has gradually grown in the past ten years with a very active optical community involved in state-of-the-art research. Despite relatively low resources, optics research in the continent is competitive with many international benchmarks and has had a significant impact within the African continent. In the past five years, a group of dynamic students have developed the student chapter network from Tunisia to South Africa. The first student chapters of the optical society of America (OSA) and the international society for optics and photonics (SPIE) were established in South Africa (in the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and in the University of Stellenbosch), followed by a chapter in Tunisia (Engineering school of communications of Tunis, Sup’Com). In this paper, we will present the major activities of the student chapters of Tunisia and South Africa, and how they are promoting optics and photonics in Africa.

Proc. SPIE 9289, 12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 928914 (July 17, 2014). This article was published in SPIE Digital Library.12030643-1 12030643-2 12030643-3 12030643-4 12030643-5 12030643-6 12030643-7 12030643-8

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June 2014: First North African Workshop on Optics

OSA sponsored the first North African Workshop on Optics in March 2014 in Hammamet, Tunisia. This workshop brought together optical scientists from North Africa to discuss devices, solutions and architectures for all-optical networks, as well as optimization and management of optical networks.
OSA student prizes were awarded to Hasna Kilani, Polytechnic School of Tunis, Tunisia, and Amira Baili and Abir Hraghi, Engineering School of Communications, Tunisia.

This article was published in Optics & Photnics News magazine.11773968-0

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08 March 2014: Our Vice president Amira Baili got the best student paper award for First place at the International Conference on Optics & Opto-electronics (ICOL-2014) in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.
The presentation was entitled:  » Mid-IR supercontinuum broadening in high nonlinear As2Se3 nanofiber with low confinement loss »

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February 2014: A Beacon of Science for Tunisia… Congratulations to Prof. Mourad Zghal !

Our Chapter advisor, Mourad Zghal has joined the ranks of the world’s most prominent optics scientists: he has been named a Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Each year, SPIE promotes members as new Fellows of the Society. SPIE will honor 76 new Fellows of the Society this year.

Fellows are Members of distinction who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. They are honored for their technical achievement, for their service to the general optics community, and to SPIE in particular. SPIE Fellows have made significant scientific and technical contributions in optics, photonics, optoelectronics and imaging, and have performed notable service to the community.

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ICTP-Svanberg-ZghalProf. M. Zghal receiving SPIE Fellow certificate from Prof. Katarina Svanberg, Past-SPIE president

Zghal is a regular participant of the Centre’s annual winter colleges on optics. In 2008, Zghal won the ICO/ICTP Gallieno Denardo Award for his original work in the development of numerical modeling techniques for photonic crystal fibers, microstructured optical fibers, and polarization. The award recognizes a researcher under 40 years of age from a developing country who has made significant contributions to the field of optics. »When researchers from developing countries arrive at ICTP there are huge possibilities waiting for them, from meeting renowned scientists to hearing about the latest advancements, » says Zghal.Zghal modestly suggests that scientists like him and Ben Lakhdar can serve as examples for others in developing countries who face similar challenges, and also as unofficial ambassadors promoting the type of opportunities available at ICTP. If one is realistic and hard-working, honours such as a SPIE Fellow are within one’s grasp, says Zghal, adding encouragingly, « If someone else did it, so can you. »
To read more please visit ICTP News:

ICTP-Zghal-Guzman-Yzuel-JohnsonSPIE Fellow Mourad Zghal (SUP’COM, University of Carthage), ICO Secretary Angela Guzmán (CREOL, College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida), SPIE Past President María Yzuel (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona), and OSA Past President and SPIE Member Anthony Johnson (CASPR, University of Maryland, Baltimore County)