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Nobel Prize winner to speak at Science and Technology Day

Tampere University of Technology (TUT) will host the annual Science and Technology Day on Tuesday, 22 September. The year 2015 has been declared the International Year of Light by the United Nations.
Professor Martti Kauranen serves on Finland’s national committee that coordinates activities related to the International Year of Light.
Professor Martti Kauranen serves on Finland’s national committee that coordinates activities related to the International Year of Light.

As this year also marks TUT’s 50th anniversary, the Science and Technology Day celebrates this milestone year and features an impressive roster of speakers. The plenary speaker is Professor William D. Phillips, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997. He will captivate his audience with a compelling presentation titled ‘Einstein, Time and Light’.

Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Professor Martti Kauranen serves on Finland’s national committee that coordinates activities related to the International Year of Light.

“I saw the presentation given by Nobel laureate William D. Phillips at the Opening Ceremony of the UN Year of Light at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in early 2015. I can assure everyone that the presentation is fascinating. Phillips puts on an entertaining show that demonstrates the consequences of Einstein’s theory of relativity for our daily lives,Martti Kauranen says.

Professor William D. Phillips from the USA received the Nobel Prize in Physics for the development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light. The technique slows the movement of gaseous atoms and cools them to temperatures approaching absolute zero, or minus 270 degrees Celsius. This invention continues to be widely applied, for example, in different kinds of high-precision measurements.

In addition to Nobel laureate William D. Phillips, the event brings together several interesting speakers, including Director General Carlos Lee from the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC), Director Mari Pantsar from the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, and Chief Planning Officer Kai Husso from the Finnish Ministry of Employment and Economy. Their presentations will explore Finland’s science, technology and innovation policy.

The Science and Technology Day will be held in the Festia building on the TUT campus on 22 September 2015 from 09:00 to 16:00. The event is free, but attendance requires registration on 14 September 2015 at the latest. The presentations will be given in English.

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