20th Annual Symposium of the IEEE Photonics Benelux Chapter

26–27 November 2015
Brussels, Belgium

Welcome to the website of the 20th Annual Symposium of the IEEE Photonics Benelux Chapter, which is organized by OPERA-photonics at Université libre de Bruxelles (U.L.B.).

This year the symposium takes place on a Thursday afternoon and evening and a Friday full day. The symposium is a great way to explore what is happening in photonics in the Benelux.

The 2015 edition, will be very special for two reasons:
  • 2015 coincides with the 20th anniversary of the symposium;
  • 2015 is the International Year of Light (IYL2015).

Besides the scientific activities, we would also like to draw your attention to the social and networking opportunities. After the opening session on Thursday, there will be a dinner, followed by invited talks and a poster session with drinks and snacks. On Friday there will be a mix of invited and contributed talks and a lunch with a second poster session.

The following invited speakers will present their talks on the symposium:

Prof. Dr Diana Huffaker Dr Marianna Pantouvaki Prof. Dr Sylvie Lebrun Prof. Dr Hugues de Riedmatten
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), USA IMEC, Belgium Université Paris Sud, France ICFO, Spain
Patterned III-V Nanopillars: A platform for integrated optoelectronic devices Beyond silicon CMOS photonics: a technology for future short distance system interconnects Wavelength converters for biophotonic applications Photonic Quantum Memories for Quantum Information Networks

The following invited speakers will present their talks for the International year of light event:

Prof. Dr Brian Culshaw Prof. Dr Michel Joindot Prof. Dr Cees Ronda Prof. Dr Orazio Svelto
Strathclyde Engineering Faculty, Glasgow, UK ENSSAT, France Philips, Germany Polytechnic Institute Milan, Italy
Optical fibre sensing - where might it lead? Optical Communications: a key technology for telecommunication networks. History, present and possible future Lighting research: a historical perspective The laser: a bright solution looking for a problem

On behalf of the conference organizing committee, I welcome you to the symposium in the city of Brussels, Belgium.


Pascal Kockaert


Brussels polytechnic school
Université libre de Bruxelles

50, Av. F.D. Roosevelt CP194/5
B1050 Brussels, Belgium