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SPIE Student Chapter

Since the start in April 2006, we group both master and PhD students in photonics at Vrije Universiteit Brussels. As a member of the SPIE Student Chapter, you enjoy several benefits  with broad access to resources, and networking opportunities at our academic, industrial or social events, that can make a difference in your career.

Our goal is to get together with students, sharing inspiring experiences within and outside our community in photonics.

Next to online courses, discounts for conferences, access to grants and online journals we also organize and support several scientific and social events:

  • Company Visit  during Industry Day (ETAP and PHILIPS)
  • Science shows  (interactive photonics show visited by over 1500 students from secondary schools)
  • Teacher trainings about the Photonics Explorer kit
  • Light nights
  • SPIE welcome pizza lunch
  • Photonics Quiz
  • Sinterklaas visit
  • B-phot staff BBQ
  • Team building events

On a yearly basis we present a new dynamic team that takes the lead in the coordination of all our activities. The SPIE Brussels Student Chapter board for the academic year 2018-2019 is formed by:

  • President : Koen Vanmol
  • Vice-president : Astghik Chalyan
  • Secretary : David De Vocht
  • Treasurer : Robert Pawlus
  • Executive Committee : Mathilde Patin
  • Executive Committee : Olga Rusyakina
  • Executive Committee : Artem Shcheglov
  • Executive Committee : Sergei Mikhailov
  • Executive Committee : Agnieszka Gierej
  • Executive Committee : Sidney Goossens
  • Past-President : Qing Liu
  • Adviser: Hugo Thienpont   

Are you a student and would you like to join us? Feel free to contact us for any more information at spieofficers@b-phot.org

The SPIE Student Chapter of the VUB can also be visited on the SPIE website  and Facebook .

Our former presidents are:

  • Qing Liu (2017-2018)
  • Sidney Goossens (2016-2017)
  • Jens de Pelsmaeker (2015-2016)
  • Lien Smeesters (2014-2015)
  • Diane De Coster (2013-2014)
  • Stefaan Heyvaert (2012-2013)
  • Stijn Roelandt (2011-2012)
  • Tom Guldemont (2010-2011)
  • Els Moens (2009-2010)
  • Sara Van Overmeire (2008-2009)
  • Nathalie Vermeulen (2007-2008)
  • Jurgen Van Erps (2006)
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