Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem is Deputy Director of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) and Deputy Director of the Optofab of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF). Prof. Ebendorff-Heidepriem earned her PhD in chemistry from the University of Jena, Germany in 1994. From 2001-2004 she was with the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton prior to joining the University of Adelaide in 2005. Her research focuses on the development of novel optical glasses, fibers, surface functionalization and sensing approaches. For her pioneering efforts, she has been awarded the Woldemar A. Weyl International Glass Science Award in 2001, the International Zwick Science Award in 2009 and the University of Adelaide Women’s Research Excellence Mid-Career Award in 2014.