Welcome to the IEEE Photonics Society - Benelux Chapter

Feb 8, 2016: Pre-symposium social activity

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The student board kindly invites you to their social event: A discovery of Belgian beers in the reknown brewery of Cantillon http://www.cantillon.be/br/3_1.

According to their website, Cantillon is a time machine. Since the 1900’s, it has been a home to several famous beers such Lambik, Geuze, Faro and Kriek, a home which has been preserved with care and which still produces excellent beers until this day. Those who join the tour will enjoy a guided beer tasting followed by a walk through the centre of Brussels.

If you have any quesitons please do not hesitate and send a mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Hoping to see you all in Brussels,

With kind regards,
The student board.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 13:52

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

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We are pleased to announce that the 20th Annual Symposium of the Benelux Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society is rescheduled. The symposium will take place at the Université Libre de Bruxelles on the 8th and 9th of February 2016.

This edition will be very special for two reasons:

A special event will therefore be organized before the symposium on Thursday afternoon. Access to this part of the program will be free (registration required). Four invited speakers will remind us, if needed, that light is playing an essential role in our society, with lasers, lighting, optical communications and sensors.

We will therefore welcome 8 invited speakers in total. Nonetheless, your contribution to this symposium is essential.

We would therefore like to invite you to submit a 100-word abstract on one of the topics of the symposium:

  • Photonic Sensing: materials, devices, systems and products
  • Commercial and industrial photonic applications
  • Optical communications: materials, devices, systems and networks
  • Integrated optics
  • Metamaterials, plasmonics, nanophotonics, random media
  • Lasers and Laser dynamics
  • Quantum electronics and quantum optics
  • Liquid crystal materials and devices
  • Photonic crystals
  • Polymer and inorganic materials
  • Nonlinear optics, near-field optics
  • Bio-photonics

The schedule is as follows:

  • Abstract submission deadline: August 31, 2015
  • Notification of acceptance: September 16, 2015
  • Full paper deadline: October 16, 2015
  • Pre-registration deadline: November 1, 2015
  • Annual symposium: February 8, 2016 (14.00-21.30) - February 9, 2016 (9.00-17.30)

On behalf of the organizing committee,
Pascal Kockaert, Symposium Chair


Conference home: http://photonics-benelux.org/symposium/


Last Updated on Monday, 11 January 2016 14:14

Mission Statement

The IEEE Photonic Society Benelux is a sub-chapter of the international Photonic Society of the IEEE. In accordance with the Mission statement of our society, our fields of interest are lasers, optical devices, optical fibers, and associated lightwave technology and their applications in systems and subsystems in which quantum electronic devices are key elements. The society is concerned with the research, development, design, manufacture, and applications of materials, devices and systems, and with the various scientific and technological activities which contribute to the useful expansion of the field of quantum electronics and applications.

The Society shall aid in promoting close cooperation with other IEEE societies and councils in the form of joint publications, sponsorships of meetings, and other forms of information exchange. Appropriate cooperative efforts will also be undertaken with non-IEEE societies.



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.



The IEEE is one of the biggest international societies of professional in the technical fields. Membership in the Photonics Society Benelux allows full access to all the resources of the IEEE and the IEEE Photonics society. Additionally, the Photonics Society Benelux has a strong local network of academic and industrial partners.