Laser Quantum’s active role in promoting women in physics
Ever since the start of time, women in physics have always been in a minority. Over the years, the number of women in the industry has grown, but there is still that fundamental question of ‘how do we get more women interested in physics’? Here at Laser Quantum, we try to support and encourage women into physics careers through various channels and at all different age groups. The photonics industry is predominantly male orientated and it is such an interesting and rapidly developing field that we want to share it with the whole population.
Recently, an article about one of our graduates, Alyssa Armstrong, was published in Physics World. It was aimed at new graduates detailing opportunities available to those with a physics degree, highlighting role models as a way of encouraging future female physicists. In addition to this, we have actively supported women in physics as members of FINON (Female Investigators in Nonlinear Optical Nanoscopy) and also more locally with the Manchester High School for Girls physics collaboration project.
FINON is a female research network which aims to ‘develop Nonlinear Optical Microscopy (NOM) techniques into the nano-dimension.’ In additional to the 6 female project leads across Europe, FINON also works with 8 international partners including Laser Quantum (previously Venteon), in order to exchange research and network throughout Europe. More information can be found here.
Our Manchester High School for Girls project involved working with a group of 4 girls on a commercial-based project for a 6 month period with a presentation and assessment day to complete it. This was a great way to showcase the industry and help shape the scientists of the future.
Here at Laser Quantum, we are passionate about what we do and the innovative laser technologies we develop and manufacture. We love to share our enthusiasm of the photonics industry with all the population to encourage future physicists to push the scientific boundaries further.