ESOTRAC briefs the next generation of scientists and engineers
ESOTRAC was featured in several communication activities addressing the general public, and, in particular, the young generation of future scientists and engineers. Young people are an ideal hub to spread information about the project, being deeply engaged in social networks, online and offline. They will also pass on the knowledge they have gained to parents and grandparents, themselves being involved in health care, industry, or being patients with a particular interest in ESOTRAC’s research and output.
18. Münchner Wissenschaftstage (November 2018)
At the 18th Munich Science Days, the general public, old and young, was informed about applications of optoacoustics in health care, with a special focus on ESOTRAC. Many visitors were very interested in ESOTRAC’s approach of tackling early diagnosis of esophageal cancer by combining multi-spectral optoacoustic tomography (MSOT) with optical coherence tomography (OCT). Visitors engaged in long discussions with staff from the Helmholtz Zentrum München and numerous ESOTRAC flyers were distributed. Furthermore, ESOTRAC staff gave an interview for the high school TV channel of the Max-Born-Gymnasium Germering.
Visiting high schools (November 2018 – January 2019)
In the framework of the EU-funded Innovative Training Network “Multimodal, Functional Bio-Photonic Imaging” (FBI; https://fbi-itn.eu/ ) ESOTRAC was featured in talks about the “Future of Biomedical Imaging” given by staff from the Helmholtz Zentrum München in three international high schools in Bavaria, Germany, in particular, the Bavarian International School, the Phorms Campus München and the St. George’s British International School. Applications of imaging modalities including the combination of MSOT and OCT in ESOTRAC were elaborated in much detail and evoked great interest in students and many questions.
Technical secondary school visiting (February 2019)
The Technical Secondary School Brunico (Bruneck, Italy) visited the Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and was introduced into the research and applications of MSOT in biology and health care and to ESOTRAC in particular. During the lab tour, researchers demonstrated the ESOTRAC benchtop endoscopic setup and were happy to receive many questions by the highly motivated students.