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Falling Walls Breakthrough Conversation with Donna Strickland

Falling Walls Foundation | Donna Strickland, Adam Levy

Falling Walls Breakthrough Conversations offers a livestream with the exclusive opportunity to attend interviews with breakthrough thinkers online. All sessions provide an intense personal atmosphere, in which high-level guests, speakers and panelists will focus on their individual research, career paths and experiences. Falling Walls Conversations takes place parallel to the main programme of the Science Summit. All sessions will be recorded and made available to a broader public after the Science Summit. Falling Walls Conversations is supported by Klaus Tschira Stiftung.

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Learn more about Donna Strickland’s research and her talk at Falling Walls.

Donna Strickland is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo and is one of the recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 for developing chirped pulse amplification with Gérard Mourou, her PhD supervisor at the time. They published this Nobel-winning research in 1985 when Strickland was a PhD student at the University of Rochester. In 1997, she joined the University of Waterloo, where her ultrafast laser group develops high-intensity laser systems for nonlinear optics investigations. Strickland served as the president of the Optical Society (OSA) in 2013 and is a fellow of OSA, SPIE, the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Society.

Image Credit: University of Waterloo

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