The Benelux Chapter of the Photonics Society was founded in 1996. The Chapter promotes and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and ideas. We do this by organizing workshops and a 2 days annual Symposium, the location of which changes each year so as to promote cross-pollinations of research-cultures in the Benelux region. The student chapter of the Photonics Society Benelux is very active and organizes several meeting annually with lectures from international speakers. It is a good forum for networking and exchange of ideas.