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5 reasons to come to LIGHT NIGHT 2017

April 25, 2017 at 09:39

A good start, but let’s share 5 reasons to join us on Thursday 27 April at Vrije Universiteit Brussel!

1. Strong programme and strong speakers

For this 10th anniversary, the man who developed the first Master in Photonics on the European mainland and is leading VUB B-PHOT photonics team, will give us a snapshot on Photonics 2050. What global opportunities lay ahead of any of us and how can the science and technology of light tackle societal challenges? According to Prof. Dr. Ir. Hugo Thienpont.

We also proudly present international speakers that you won’t see in just another event. Dr. Marc Himel, Business Developer at Jenoptik Optical Systems  is giving a pertinent overview how light can play a leading role for a better world. 

Mixed Reality (MR) succeeding Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) scored high on the list of interests. No surprise as headsets are common for anyone who is slightly aware of gaming. But what about industry applications, how can optics and photonics improve the effective use of headsets? Partner Optical Architect at Microsoft Corp. , Dr. Bernard Kress will introduce us to the importance of human-centric optical design for next-generation headsets.

Local top talent has been invited to tell compelling stories that bundle the impact of education in photonics on their lives. Former presidents of the SPIE Student Chapter, now professionals in many domains, including a few professors at the VUB, have 4 minutes each to testify.

How did they survive their European Master in Photonics? Any fun memories with SPIE Student Chapter?

A cozy gathering of the actual and former presidents. 

2. It’s simply a nice event, somewhat unique in Belgium

Students, alumni, professors and professionals are gathering for an update of the newest opportunities that photonics and optics offer.  And obviously to keep in touch with colleagues. Need to recover from inspiring talks? Unwind during the network reception, refreshing drinks and light food.  Maybe you might be one of the happy few winning the contest  for a mind-blowing demo with Microsoft Hololens?

 3. Code red, time to wake up!

Photonics is recognised as key-enabling technology by the European Commission. It is time to anticipate on future opportunities for high-tech engineers and companies.  We hope LIGHT NIGHT will give more insights, perspectives and motivation to be(come) part of the growing photonics community worldwide. 

 4. Networking, the real deal

Join in with many and we will have a colorful mix of students, consultants, engineers, professors, entrepreneurs and more. Next to a strong programme, the total experience is as important. Meet and greet, plenty of opportunity to have one-on-ones with the speakers and participants. No formal dates or high-tech apps, just old fashioned gathering. For some a throw-back in time on the campus. 

5. It’s for free!

Seriously, international and national top talent, game-changing topics, nice food & drinks and enchanting people.

For no money. What can we say?

We love photonics, we should have mentioned this at the beginning.

So, cancel any other date, and register right here  for LIGHT NIGHT 2017! 

We hope to see you on Thursday 27 April, welcome as from 18:00. 

All details of the programme: 

A glimpse of last years edition: 

 Christ'l Joris - ETAP Lighting

 Prof. Middlebrook Michigan Technology University

 Master in Photonics alumni

 a very attentive audience

 and finally time for networking meet & greets...

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