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Scientists and industrialists converge in Brussels to discuss how light can solve our planet’s problems

April 9, 2010 at 09:55

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For the first time the largest European summit that deals with the applications of light comes to Brussels: SPIE Photonics Europe. During 5 days, 2500 scientists, 1300 lectures and 120 global companies, will focus on recent developments in photonics - the science and technology of light. The Brussels Photonics Team (B-PHOT), a key research group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel organizes the event.

From 12 to 16 April Researchers, industrialists and policy makers gather to tackle challenges as diverse as healthcare, food quality, solar energy, bio -, micro- and nanotechnology, environment friendly lighting, communications and 3D multimedia. Problems to be handled include: how efficient can photovoltaic cells be made to make sunlight the most important energy resource, how can the most recent laser technologies be implemented to diagnose and treat cancer, how will Europe maintain its world leadership in environmentally friendly LED-lighting, how long will it take before everybody will have a 3D television at home?

Industrial giants such as Intel Corporation, Alcatel Lucent, Sony Corporation, Panasonic Electric Works, Philips Lighting, etc. will give their views on what the future of light will be. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the laser , the European Commission will unveil its strategy to develop the technology of light.

The mega-event is organized under the umbrella of SPIE – the International Society for Photonics, by the Brussels Photonics Team – B-PHOT, which is a key-research group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The event is supported by the Brussels Capital Region, by the European Commission and by the Research Foundation - Flanders. Catalysts and chairmen for the event, Professors Hugo Thienpont and Francis Berghmans of B-PHOT quote “photonics is impacting everybody’s life, yet nobody realizes to what extent. Increasingly Brussels is emerging as a high-technology region, photonics being a key driver.”

SPIE Photonics Europe is held from 12 to 16 April 2010 at the SQUARE Conference Center, Kunstberg – Mont des Arts in 1000 Brussels. All participants will gather during a great walking dinner at Autoworld - Parc du Cinquantenaire 11, 1000 Brussels on Monday April 12 from 19h00.
To access the congress, journalists are invited to contact the registration desk at the Square Conference Center. Access for the press to the reception at Autoworld on Monday evening is free. Please ask for Hugo Thienpont and Francis Berghmans.

More information:
Prof. dr. Ir. Hugo Thienpont : +32 494-82 49 41

Prof. dr. Ir. Francis Berghmans: +32 494-82 49 41


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