Physicists Shooting the Breeze…

innovationbridgeAndrew was at the DST Innovation Bridge chatting to the Director General of the DST (Department of Science and Technology), Dr Phil Mjwara, and the Minister of Science, Naledi Pandor.

Established in 2015, the Innovation Bridge is an event aimed at encouraging and accelerating the use and commercialization of technologies and knowledge in publicly funded research and technology institutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lighting the way to quantum communication

carmel0We are working on using patterns of light and quantum principals to send multiple amounts of data in a fundamentally secure way – a big step towards speeding up the internet and protecting against encryption weaknesses exploited by quantum computers. Article in Times Live.

Photograph: Carmelo in the laboratory where he works as part of a team developing this communications system prototype.

Angela makes SA’s top female researcher list!

angelaWe are proud of Angela making it to the top female researcher list in South Africa for physics with the highest citations between 2007 and 2016.
Angela’s response to making the list is: ”I’m honoured that my peers value my scientific contributions. I’ve been lucky to be a part of a dynamic team with ambitious and skilled mentors and team members, who guide and challenge me.”

Below is the top female researcher’s list for South Africa in honour of Woman’s Month.

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Thank you for being a wonderful inspiration!

Light through a different perspective

lightmapsWe were strategizing research with a different perspective on light with Marcus Neustetter who graciously hosted us in his art studio and widened our views on connecting light and art.
Marcus explores the boundary between science and art, using it as a tool to connect communities and science, making a difference in both these worlds.
Photograph: An artistic take on our personal mind maps, imbued with pinpricks of light.