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Ir. Nathalie Debaes graduated from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel as Electrical Engineer with majors in Photonics in 1996. After graduation, she worked for 3 years in Barco Industries as an optical engineer on problems related to optical spectroscopy based food quality control. From 1999 until 2002 she was R&D manager at Automation N.V. where she was responsible for the development of power supply control systems in telecom containers. Her responsibilities included hardware and software (web-based application) to manage alarm and data messages from all container equipment and infrastructure spread over the continent. Currently, she is project support officer at the VUB, TONA. At TONA Ir. Debaes has built up a considerable amount of practical experience with European networks and centres in her function as key-project support officer of NEMO. She has been the driving force behind NEMO’s Knowledge Management Centre, for which she received the mention “best practice” from the EC reviewers.
In 2009 she started together with Prof. Hugo Thienpont and Kathleen Perkins the branding of the Brussels Photonics Team, B-Phot, including the logo of B-Phot, the website of B-Phot, the dress code of the B-Phot members, the B-Phot launch event on the 14th April , the B-Phot promotion video’s and the organization of the B-Phot Pizza seminars and the B-Phot off-site meeting .
She was in 2010 also the driving force behind the promotion video’s of the European project ICU (Infrared Imaging Components for Use in Automotive Safety Applications) and European project Phosfos (Photonic Skins For Optical Sensing ).
Currently she is involved in three European Projects. In the Photonics4life project she is the work package leader of the Knowledge Management Center and one of the major outcomes of her contribution is the interdisciplinary database for in the field of bio-photonics. A second project where she is involved is EXEKT . EXPEKT outreach activities aim to achieve a lasting, positive impact on the way photonics is taught in Europe’s secondary schools. Teaming up experts in photonics, scientists in pedagogy and teachers, EXPEKT will develop the Photonics Explorer as an intra-curricula educational kit that combines hands-on experiments with modern didactic techniques and thus equips teachers to really engage, excite and educate students about the fascination of working with light. In a third European project, ACTMOST, Access Centre to Micro-Optics Expertise, Services and Technologies , she is the main contact person.