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23rd annual symposium

23rd Annual Symposium of the IEEE Photonics Benelux Chapter

15th–16th November 2018 
Brussels, Belgium

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24th annual symposium

24th Annual Symposium of the IEEE Photonics Benelux Chapter

21st–22nd November 2019
VU University Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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22nd annual symposium

22nd Annual Symposium of the IEEE Photonics Benelux Chapter

27th–28th November 2017 
Delft, The Netherlands

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Mar 29, 2016: Visit to Smart, Effect, and VTEC (Eindhoven)

This time students have visited the TU/e campus and Strijp-s area of Eindhoven, the Netherlands, where three young and quickly developing companies are located, SMART Photonics, EFFECT Photonics and VTEC Lasers & Sensors.

About Smart Photonics
SMART Photonics B.V., located in Eindhoven, is a pure-play foundry for InP photonics semiconductors. It offers its customers an expert team with a long history and a proven track record in InP R&D and production. SMART Photonics offers a generic process developed in collaboration with the COBRA research institute. It allows for fast prototyping and low cost development without compromising performance and functionality. SMART Photonics is the worlds first foundry to commercially offer MPW services on InP.

About EFFECT Photonics

As a spin out of the prestigious Technical University of Eindhoven, EFFECT Photonics takes a platform approach to integration using high-yielding building blocks within the wafer. 
The company develops and delivers highly integrated optical products based on InP (Indium Phosphide) which is the material of choice for creating efficient laser light sources, waveguides, modulators, and photodiodes used in optical communication systems throughout the world.

About VTEC Lasers & Sensors

VTEC was founded in 2011 with a strategy to develop, produce and  supply semiconductors laser diodes, modules and sensor to the market with a vision to supply the customer with the best laser for their application and support them with a very fast response.

Hope to see you on our coming activities,
Student board.


Feb 8-9, 2016: 20th Annual Symposium (in Brussels)

The 20th Annual Symposium of the Benelux Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society took place at the Université Libre de Bruxelles on the 8th and 9th of February 2016.

This edition was very special for two reasons:

On the symposium, we welcomed 8 invited speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Diana Huffaker, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), USA
    Title: Patterned III-V Nanopillars: A platform for integrated optoelectronic devices”
  • Dr. Marianna Pantouvaki, IMEC, Belgium
    Title: “Beyond silicon CMOS photonics: a technology for future short distance system interconnects”
  • Prof. Dr Sylvie Lebrun, Université Paris Sud, France
    Title: “Wavelength converters for biophotonic applications”
  • Prof. Dr Hugues de Riedmatten, ICFO, Spain
    Title: “Photonic Quantum Memories for Quantum Information Networks”
  • Prof. Dr Brian Culshaw, Strathclyde Engineering Faculty, Glasgow, UK
    Title: “Optical fibre sensing - where might it lead?
  • Prof. Dr Michel Joindot, ENSSAT, France
    Title: “Optical Communications: a key technology for telecommunication networks. History, present and possible future
  • Prof. Dr Cees Ronda, Philips, Germany
    Title: “Lighting research: a historical perspective”
  • Prof. Dr Orazio Svelto, Polytechnic Institute Milan, Italy
    Title: “The laser: a bright solution looking for a problem

The winners of the poster prize were Cedric Noordam from the MESA+ Institute for nanotechnology, University of Twente and Netsanet Tessema of COBRA Research Institute of Eindhoven University of Technology. Congratulations!

Poster Cedric Noordam Poster Netsanet Tessema
Cedric Noordam Netsanet Tessema
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