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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 a time.

Capt Jean-Luc Picard

Hugo Thienpont


+32 473 36 12 02

Connecting photonics education with research and industry.

Heidi Ottevaere


+32 2 629 34 51

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

Francis Berghmans


+32 2 629 34 53

Free your mind, think photonics.

Nathalie Vermeulen


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

Mahatma Gandhi

Wendy Meulebroeck


+32 2 629 34 51

Driving photonics innovation through advanced manufacturing.

Jürgen Van Erps


+32 497 80 07 94

They did not know it was impossible so they did it. Mark Twain

Michael Vervaeke


+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

+32 2 629 10 18

Fabian Duerr


Francesco Ferranti


When one teaches, two learn. Robert Heinlein

Martin Virte


Tigran Baghdasaryan


Inspiring a brighter future together.

Ana Quirce

Guest Professor

Sandra Van Vlierberghe

Guest Professor

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

Agnieszka Gierej

Post-doc researcher

The only source of knowledge is experience. Albert Einstein

Koen Vanmol

Post-doc researcher

Driving photonics innovation into industrial applications.

Lien Smeesters

Post-doc researcher

If you want to have good ideas, you must have many ideas. L. Pauling

Pablo Marin-Palomo

Post-doc researcher

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

Qing Liu

Post-doc researcher

Sergei Mikhailov

Post-doc researcher

Your specs break the Laws of Physics. Unknown optical designer

Simone Sorgato

Post-doc researcher

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

Sidney Goossens

Post-doc researcher

Learning is never enough!

Tatevik Chalyan

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

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

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

Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you are right. Henry Ford

Daniel Plaza

PhD student

If you don't know where to look for an answer, look under the light.

Denys Kurylo

PhD student

The only source of knowledge is experience. Albert Einstein

Margot Vandermotten

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

Shape the light for a brighter future!

Mathieu Ladouce

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

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

Light tomorrow with today. E. Barrett Browning

Sara Abbasi

PhD student

I ride with the light. The light guides me on my quest.

Salah Eddine Guessoum

PhD student

Sasa Topic

PhD student

Don't you know yet? It is your light that lights the world. Rumi

Shahab Abdollahi

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

Knowledge has a beginning but no end.

Dirk Lison

Technology assistant

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

Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience. You need experience to gain wisdom. A.Einstein

Sergey Verlinski

Technology expert

Staf Haers

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

Difficult roads always lead to beautiful destinations.

Astghik Chalyan

STEM/Outreach B-PHOT

Tine De Pauw

STEM/Outreach B-PHOT

Peter Doyle

Business developer

Susan Brindley

Business developer

An Van Den Berghe


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

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. Stewart Brand

Keennan De Bie

Communication officer

Halina Malinowska


An Bilas

Cleaning service

Moudansirou Silassi

Cleaning service