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A TOP laser physicist will both entertain and educate hundreds of learners attending Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's (NMMU) annual Science Discovery Week from Monday 29 June to Friday 3 July.

Prof Andrew Forbes, of Wits University, will present "Light Fantastic" in which he will highlight the history of light, the fascination it invokes and how it has been harnessed for a myriad of applications on Wednesday 1 July at NMMU's South Campus Auditorium from 9am to 10am.

His talk is but one of dozens of events, lectures, experiments and workshops that will be enjoyed by close to 300 learners attending the University's annual Science Discovery Week.

The grade 11 and 12 learners who come from throughout the province are introduced to the fascinating fields of science in an informal and fun format. The event, which started with just 60 learners eight years ago, gives learners considering a career in the sciences an ideal opportunity to discover what options are available to them.

"Science Discovery Week allows learners to see for themselves what careers open up for those who pursue a science degree," says Prof Andre Venter, head of the University’s Physics Department.

Prof Forbes chairs SPIE's international conference on laser beam shaping, serves on the board of several optics journals and is a member of both the Photonics Initiative of South Africa and a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.

His research interests include laser beams and resonators, digital holography, orbital angular momentum and quantum optics.

Wednesday's event is also open to other learners and their teachers but booking is essential via