SPIE Photonics Europe attracted 2,150 photonics experts to Brussels in April, all of whom came to learn more about the latest photonics-enabled innovations.
'Photonics Europe provided a bridge between academic research and industrial development,' said General Chair Francis Berghmans, professor with the Brussels Photonics Team (B-Phot) at Vrije Univ. Brussel. 'Networking was intense, the scientific and technical quality of the presentations was truly excellent, the plenary speakers did an outstanding job and delivered brilliant talks, student participation was very high, and the student events were amazingly successful.'
Approximately 1,300 papers were presented in 19 technical conferences, with particularly large audiences in sessions on metamaterials, biophotonics, silicon photonics, solid state lasers, photonic crystal fibres, and optical sensing and detection. More than 130 companies participated in a three-day exhibition during the week.