Annual International Day of Light that will take place every year on May 16, beginning in 2018. Although the International Year of Light ended over a year ago, many of the activities that were started in 2015 continue today, and indeed are being developed further and amplified worldwide. UNESCO itself has provided us with a fantastic opportunity for the future with its Executive Board endorsing an annual *International Day of Light*. We got this announcement as an International Year of Light Partner from Light2015 Secretariat.
On January 26, 2017 the 9th Photonics Symposium “Photonics and Innovation” was held by Osaka University Photonics Center at Otemachi Sankei Plaza in Tokyo.
President of Osaka University, Shojiro Nishio, gave the opening talk about the university’s photonics research strategy, followed by the greeting speech of Masato Masaki from Science and Technology Policy Bureau, MEXT.
Prof. Masuo Aizawa, Program Director of JST, talked about innovation in science technology, and Prof. Satoshi Kawata of Osaka University and the former Executive Director of the Photonics Center, talked about the photonics from an academic point of view.
Prof. Din Ping Tsai from Academia Sinica, National Taiwan University, gave a lecture on “Plasmonic Metasurface for Optical Applications in Demand”, and Prof. Gerd Leuchs from Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen, Germany, gave a lecture with the title of “The Science of Light?? from Nano Photonics to Information Science".
In the afternoon some of the Photonics Center’s achievements were introduced. Prof. Yasushi Inouye, Executive Director of the Photonics Center, gave the Center’s overview. Mr. Kei Shinada, researcher of our partner, Shimazu Corporation, talked about how they succeeded in commercialization through collaboration researches. Prof. Yusuke Mori and Prof. Junichi Takahara talked about their achievements in entrepreneurial/product developments.
Then there was a panel discussion on the strategies for photonics innovation.
At the poster sessions presented by the 21 PARC laboratories, researchers and participants of the symposium had informative discussions.
We, as the organizer, would like to pay our sincere gratitude to those who supported and attended the symposium.
On January 6, we received a visit from 12 officials from METI and AIST.
Mr. Hiroyuki Suematsu, Director-General of METI’s Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, and other 11 officials from METI, METI Kansai and AIST visited the Photonics Center and observed the facility on January 6, 2017.
Prof. Noriyoshi Kikuchi, Deputy Director of the Office for University-Industry Collaboration of Osaka University, explained the framework of our collaboration with the industry/government/academia. Prof. Yasushi Inouye, Executive Director of the Photonics Center, and Prof. Junichi Takahara gave an outline of the Center’s activities and showed them some laboratories of our partner companies (IDEC Corp., Sosho Inc., and Nanophoton Corporation) as well as our state-of-the-art microscope research laboratory.
Especially, they had great interest in our achievements in entrepreneurial and product development including:
- Shimazu and IDEC’s laser diffraction method for ultrafine bubble measurement, which is highly anticipated to be utilized in the fine bubble applied industry worldwide.
- Sosho and Osaka University’s high quality CLBO (a nonlinear optical borate crystal), which is soon to be commercialized under a brand name “Osaka CLBO” and expected to contribute to the further development of semiconductor manufacturing.
- Osaka University’s nano Raman scattering microscope, which is developed by Nanophoton as a commercial product and now on the market as the most advanced microscope for a variety of industries.
On January 6, 2017, the opening ceremony of the Advanced Photonics and Biosensing Open Innovation Laboratory, or “PhotoBIO-OIL” was successfully held at the Icho Kaikan hall of Osaka University.
PhotoBIO-OIL is the first laboratory jointly established by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and Osaka University in accordance with their agreement of cooperation concluded in May 2011.
At the ceremony, we were honored to invite a number of guest speakers including Mr. Hiroyuki Suematsu, Director-General, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, METI, Mr. Yoichi Ito, Director-General, Science and Technology Policy Bureau, MEXT, and Mr. Masayuki Matsushita, vice chairman of Kansai Economic Federation. The ceremony was well attended by researchers of related industries and inside/outside of Osaka University, as well as university students.
The Laboratory aims at biosensing R&D to realize innovative drug development and infectious disease diagnostic methods by combining the University’s nanophotonics technology and AIST’s bio device technology, and is fully committed to the early practical application of the developed technologies to commerce and industry.
We welcomed Professor Takayoshi Nakano, Biomaterials and Structural Materials Design, Division of Materials Science and Engineering and Professor Ryuji Katayama, Quantum Electronic Materials and Device Area, Division of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering, who are the new members of Photonics Center.
They both gave lectures about their laboratories and research activities, which attracted audience for the precious opportunity to hear lectures about different fields. Participants seemed to listen attentively to their talk.
In the questionnaire which we repossessed after the colloquium, we could
get opinions like "lecture was so interesting because lecturers explained broad-ranging physicality research of aeolotropy, orientation, and crystalline in a comprehensible way".
We would like to appreciate for the two of special guest speakers and participants.
during November 30 – December 1, 2016, as the kick-off symposium of JSPS Core-to-Core Program,
which promotes the collaboration of Osaka University titled with “Advanced Nanophotonics in the
Emerging Fields of Nano-imaging, Spectroscopy, Nonliner Optics, Plasmonics/Metamaterials and Devices”
Many researchers and students from partner institutions in other 10 countries (China, Taiwan,
Singapore, Philippines, South Korea, India, Australia, UK, USA and Hong Kong) got together in Osaka with
exchanging their latest research and discussing about the further promotion of the program.
For this two-day symposium, we had a total number of 115 participants that included researchers and
students with 22 oral presentations and 58 poster presentations.
We believe that the symposium provided wide-ranging discussion with enthusiastic atmosphere and the
significant opportunity to know their field each other further.
” was held at Photonics center on 28th-29th Nov..
In this conference, more than 50 students attended from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea， Philippines, India and Japan. It was planned and organized by students. With a concept “How does optical science make our future life meaningful?”, we had fulfilling discussions through invited lecturers and group works etc.. We had three invited lecturers, Prof. Hiroshi Yoshikawa (Nihon University) , Prof. Takashige Omatsu (Chiba University) and Prof. Nicholas Isaac Smith(Osaka University). All participants enjoyed the meeting.
This was the 7th of Kid's Photonics School Super HIKARIJUKU. And we received 327 applications, which is octuple of the quota. 40 children was selected by lot and joined the lectures about light.
Participants was given four lectures : A spectroscope made from the box of famous sweets, Big light with marbles, Pinhole camera made from milk carton, display which children can learn light by touch, and showing of 3D printer.
Pupils, who experienced the mystery of light related our usual lives, answered "every lecture was so interesting", "it was so fun because he was taught gently" in questionnaire.
Benefactors of children also said "the lectures were more full-fledged than he had expected",
We are so delightful that we could hear satisfaction labels of participants are totally high.
We also had honor to welcome Mr. Keiji Goto, the Mayor of Suita city, and he
greeted with a pleasant subject related light.
We would like to appreciate all of participants, Mr. Goto, and boards education of Suita city, Toyonaka city, Mihoh city.
We welcomed Professor Shinsuke Yamanaka, who is the Executive Vice President of Global Engagement, and Professor Prabhat Verma, who is the chairman od Photonics Center international committee.
Prof. Yamanaka gave a lecture about International strategy of Handai, and introduced the current situation sprinkled with concrete figure. And he also talk about the vision how Handai would proceed in the future.
Professor Verma introduced the international activities at Photonics Center like foreign students and researchers admission, international symposia and conferences held at home and abroad.
Some of participants said it was a precious opportunity to know information about International Strategy of Handai , and was also good to hear concrete activities.
We would like to appreciate for the two of special guest speakers and participants.
Prof. Wolfgang Fritzsche, Department Head of Nanobiophotonics at Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology eV, payed a visit to PARC on the 16th of September, 2016.
Prof. Fritzsche has been exploring innovative developments of plasmonics and bio life science technology including Raman microscopy with high sensitivity and high spatial resolution and diverse capability for information collection of bio science. He visited Prof. Tamiya's laboratory and PARC, and discussed the views on prospective research exchange with Prof. Inouye, Executive Director of PARC, and Prof. Iwasaki, Program Coordinator of PARC.
Currently, Prof. Wolfgang Fritzsche is a short-term visiting researcher of JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) working at the Laboratory of Prof Shuichi Hashimoto, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Tokushima University.