[ASC-media] Light links Switzerland and Australia

Niall Byrne niall at scienceinpublic.com.au
Fri Dec 1 05:14:38 CET 2006

Light links Switzerland and Australia

Melbourne, 1 December 2006

Swiss expatriates are at the forefront of the creation of an intense light source that will transform Australia's medical imaging capability. 

They will reveal their work at a forum of Swiss and Australian scientists and business people at the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne today Friday, 1 December 2006.

Next year Australia will become the latest country to open a gigantic state of the art synchrotron. The $200 million facility will provide intense beams of light and x-rays that will reveal the shape and structure of molecules, engineer nano-machines, track chemical reactions, and even detect individual cancer cells.  

But even before the Australian Synchrotron opens, Swiss scientists and know-how are playing considerable roles in developing the new light source.

Daniel Häusermann, a physicist, and Karl Zingre, an engineer, are two Swiss expatriates who have taken their expertise to the far side of the world. 

Häusermann, who arrived in Melbourne just over a year ago, is the scientist responsible for the design of the Australian Synchrotron's Imaging and Therapy Beamline which is set to push the boundaries of medical imaging.

It's been a long journey for this former roofer come printer who crashed out of university before rediscovering his love of science and creating a career designing high power x-ray research facilities. Not only has Australia welcomed him with open arms, but he has also reconnected with his homeland through the Swiss community in Melbourne, Australia. 

A full media release about the Australian-Swiss collaboration and a profile about Daniel and his work are available online at www.scienceinpublic.com

Following today's meeting, we will add photos of Daniel to the website. 

The meeting was initiated and organised by the Swiss-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the support of the Swiss Academic Network Melbourne, SGS, REDcentre, the Australian Nano Business Forum, Leica Microsystems, the Victorian government, and the Cooperative Research Centre for Biomedical Imaging Development. 

Media contacts: 
Niall Byrne ph +61 3 5253 1391, niall at scienceinpublic.com 
Florienne Loder ph +61 (404) 230 006, flo at scienceinpublic.com 
Thomas Schmocker for SACCI, ph +61 2 9458 5800, +61 408 990 888, thomass at redc.com.au



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