‘The best way to predict the future, is to create it’

Scientists showcase latest photonics research and technologies at the CUDOS Legacy Showcase


More than 200 attendees, including representatives from the wider scientific community, government, industry leaders and general public, came together at the CUDOS Legacy Showcase to explore the latest photonics research and technologies.

Highlights from the CUDOS Legacy Showcase

The showcase, held on 29 September at the University of Sydney Nanoscience Hub, focused on three themes that mirror the original research vision and mission of CUDOS in addition to highlighting the Centre’s significant outreach and community engagement focus: real world solutions, next generation talent and entrepreneurial spirit.

The technology showcase featured exhibits and demonstrations from a selected group of spin-offs, start-ups and research projects stemming from CUDOS research, and brought together the CUDOS researchers developing these technologies, the local companies commercialising and promoting the technologies and provided attendees with information on how photonics underpins technologies in their daily lives.

The event also provided discussion forums with future photonic leaders who are tackling major challenges through their exciting research, and featured Café style conversations with CUDOS Alumni who travelled back from USA, Europe and Asia to attend the event. The showcase concluded with two keynote presentations by CUDOS Director Professor Benjamin Eggleton and technology entrepreneur Marita Cheng.

Marita Cheng, former Young Australian of the Year, shared her passion for the role of science and technology and argued that Australia has plenty of room for improvement when it comes to participation, engagement and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects – particularly girls. Drawing on her background and personal experience as solutions driven inventor, talent mentor and fearless entrepreneur, Marita told the audience the story about her business journey, start-ups and entrepreneurship.

Professor Benjamin Eggleton, founding Director of CUDOS and ARC Laureate Fellow, concluded the showcase with a forward looking presentation on the limitless future of Photonics and reflected on the origins of CUDOS. Although the ARC Centre of Excellence CUDOS is in its final year of formal operation, Professor Eggleton emphasized that this is not the end of the journey.

“It’s the beginning of a long-term agenda that we set out to achieve in Australian science,” he said. “Photonics is here to stay.”

Professor Eggleton highlighted the invaluable achievements of the Centre’s photonics research over the past decade and discussed the contributory role of CUDOS’ researchers in creating revolutionary photonics technologies that will change the world in the future.

“Photonics is the lynchpin of a seven trillion dollar industry, underpinning the internet, and the 21st century will be the era of photonics,” he said and concluded his talk on the limitless future of photonics by quoting Peter Drucker: “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

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