Exploring the world is a great opportunity to observe the beauty of the nature and different phenomenon all around us. This story is going to take you to United Kingdom - a place where natural philosophers, great astronomers and world famous scientists come from. A very keen traveller - Brigita - Alumni member from UL SPIE Chapter had a wonderful chance to visit a few places closely connected to optics, as well as a particular place where the time starts - the Prime Meridian, based at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London.
Standing on the historic Prime Meridian of the World
Light is a simple yet wonderful and sophisticated natural phenomenon. Many great inventions and engineering evolution exist today thanks to the light and its optical properties.
Back in October 2016 I had an amazing opportunity to visit San Francisco, CA. While I was there, I had the chance to see the invention of my favourite artist and engineer, Leonardo da Vinci’s Camera Obscura (literal translation: “dark room”). All right, let’s not really say it was invented by Da Vinci, as it was already discovered before him. However, as he was into optical engineering, he used Camera Obscura’s principle to study the properties of light. 
One of the biggest events in Latvian photonics and optics research life successfully took place in the beginning of April, 2017. Yes, we are talking about the 13th international young scientist conference “Developments in Optics and Communications 2017” (DOC Riga 2017). This conference was jointly organized by the University of Latvia SPIE student chapter and OSA Latvian student chapter hand in hand by more than 15 active organizers.