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B-PHOT teams up a critical mass of 70 highly skilled researchers and technology experts, coached and directed by Prof. Hugo Thienpont. Their joint mission is to embrace photonics, connect the dots between photonics research, innovation, education and STEM, and to create links to other science and engineering disciplines.

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One impossible thing at the time.

Capt Jean-Luc Picard

Hugo Thienpont

Director


hugo.thienpont@vub.be

+32 473 36 12 02

Connecting photonics education with research and industry.

Heidi Ottevaere

Professor


heidi.ottevaere@vub.be

+32 2 629 34 51

There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. Leonard Cohen

Francis Berghmans

Professor


francis.berghmans@vub.be

+32 2 629 34 53

Free your mind, think photonics.

Nathalie Vermeulen

Professor


nathalie.vermeulen@vub.be

The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

Mahatma Gandhi

Wendy Meulebroeck

Professor


wendy.meulebroeck@vub.be

+32 2 629 34 51

Driving photonics innovation through advanced manufacturing.

Jürgen Van Erps

Professor


jurgen.van.erps@vub.be

+32 497 80 07 94

Be factful, think enlighted and act compassionate.

Thomas Geernaert

Professor


thomas.geernaert@vub.be

+32 2 629 13 81

It's easy to hit the highest precision, you only have to touch the right key at the right time and the machine will play itself.

Michael Vervaeke

Professor


michael.vervaeke@vub.be

+32 485 40 03 95

Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn, and you will.

Nathalie Debaes

EU Project Support Officer


ndebaes@vub.be

+32 2 629 10 18

Sandra Van Vlierberghe

Professor

Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

Valéry Ann Jacobs

Professor

Fabian Duerr

Professor

Krassimir Panajotov

Professor

When one teaches, two learn. Robert Heinlein

Martin Virte

Professor

Inspiring a brighter future together.

Ana Quirce

Guest Professor

There is nothing more practical than a good theory. Kurt Lewin

David Castello-Lurbe

Post-doc researcher

Dream big and dare to fail.

Gebirie Yizengaw

Post-doc researcher

Driving photonics innovation into industrial applications.

Lien Smeesters

Post-doc researcher

Never regret decisions you made. They were what you believed to be right at the time.

Qing Liu

Post-doc researcher

Robert Pawlus

Post-doc researcher

Your specs break the Laws of Physics. Unknown optical designer

Simone Sorgato

Post-doc researcher

Learning is never enough!

Tatevik Chalyan

Post-doc researcher

Tigran Baghdasaryan

Post-doc researcher

Life is always full of light when you choose to do research in Photonics. Join our team and make the world brighter!

Yunfeng Nie

Post-doc researcher

Marc Tabak

Expert - Researcher

I am not made of convictions but only doubts. Zdzisław Beksiński

Agnieszka Gierej

PhD student

Alejandro Madrid Sanchez

PhD student

The meaning of life is to give life meaning. Ken Hudgins

Artem Shcheglov

PhD student

Brevity is the soul of wit. Shakespeare, Hamlet

Artemii Tishchenko

PhD student

Difficult roads always lead to beautiful destinations.

Astghik Chalyan

PhD student

Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own. Bruce Lee

Ben Cloostermans

PhD student

Learn to be worthy of the women of every class, culture, and historical age who spoke boldly. Adrienne Rich

Camila Castillo Pinto

PhD student

The only source of knowledge is experience. Albert Einstein

Koen Vanmol

PhD student

Developing space optical instruments to improve climate change monitoring.

Luca Schifano

PhD student

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand
more, so we may fear less.

Martin Skenderas

PhD student

Caminante, no hay camino. Se hace camino al andar. Antonio Machado

Mathilde Patin

PhD student

Let's light it up!

Mehdi Feizpour 'Arash'

PhD student

What we know is a drop, what we don't know is an ocean. Isaac Newton

Mehrdad Lotfi Choobbari

PhD student

We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained. Marie Curie

Natalia A. Gutierrez A.

PhD student

The genuine power is the knowledge - the only possession that cannot be stolen, the only friend that will never betray.

Narek Karapetyan

PhD student

This is merely a rest during that endless journey, not where the journey ends, but where it begins anew. Munshi Premchan

Nitish Gupta

PhD student

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. Albert Einstein

Olga Rusyakina

PhD student

Think like a proton, always B-PHOTsitive.

Robbe De Mey

Phd student

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Albert Einstein

Sidney Goossens

PhD student

Sergei Mikhailov

PhD student

An engineer is a person who solves problems that he didn't learn from anywhere.

Yousef Pourvais

PhD student

Thoroughly conscious ignorance is the prelude to every real advance in science. James Clerk Maxwell

Indy Magnus

R&D Engineer

If you dream, dream big.

Dries Rosseel

Technology expert

B-PHOT or be not!

Hugues Smeets

Technology expert

Prototypes! not powerpoints. Fablab-Brussels

Jef Verbaenen

Technology Expert

Julie Verdood

Lab technician

If your only tool is a hammer, every problem tends to look like a nail.

Kurt Rochlitz

Technology expert

Ludo Devis

Technical support

René Waegeneer

Technical support

Life is beautiful not because of the things we see or the things we do but because of the people we meet. Simon Sinek

Teresa Bouljon

Asset and Supply Chain Manager

Marcin Zaczkiewicz

ICT officer

Veena Shetty

IT expert

Tine De Pauw

STEM/Outreach B-PHOT

Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most. Augusta F. Kantra

Penelope Schoutteet

Business Developer

Peter Doyle

Business Developer

An Van Den Berghe

Administration

Bernadette Callebaut

EU Projects Administrative Assistant

Nothing can dim the light that shines from within. Maya Angelou

Inge Pettersson

Management Assistant

Nadia Cornand

Management Assistant

Nadine Torrekens

Assistant Financial Processing

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Mark Twain

Majorie Jammaers

Education Officer

Do what you can't. Casey Neistat

Timo Van Gucht

Marketing & Communications

Alfons Callebaut

Technician

Halina Malinowska

Technician

An Bilas

Cleaning service