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2017 – 2018 academic year (ongoing)

10 November 2017: “Liquid crystal R&D for TVs and beyond”, Peter Cirkel, Eyeco-eyeco and previously TP Vision (slides: NBphotonicsCirkel)

6 October 2017: NB-Photonics 2017 annual meeting with keynote speaker prof. Stefan Maier, Imperial College London (keynote presentation), also UGent’s Pieter Wuytens (PW_TalkPlasmonics), prof. Jeroen Beeckman (Presentation_PZT), prof. Dries Van Thourhout (GrapheneNBPhotonics17), Olivier De Clercq (Olivier_DeClercq_NBPhotonics2017), Elisa Zagato (Elisa Zagato Light Sheet for NB photonics), Amin Abbasi (Amin_NB_Photonics_2017_GR), Ruijun Wang (Ruijun), Jasper Van Hoorick (Jasper Van Hoorick NB-photonics 2017), prof. Philippe Smet (NBPhot2017_Smet), prof. Kevin Braeckmans (Presentation Photoporation for NB-Phot 2017d), prof. Bart Kuyken (BK_FrequencyComb) and prof. Wim Bogaerts (WB2017_10_06-PhotonicSwarm-NBPhotonics).

11 September 2017: “Rare Earths for a Sustainable Earth”, Prof. Andries Meijerink, Utrecht University

16 February 2018 “Photonics applications of light beams confined in liquid crystals”, Prof. Gaetano Assanto, Roma Tre

2016 – 2017 academic year

13 July 2017: “Quantum cascade lasers: from mid-infrared to terahertz”, Prof. Stefano Barbieri, IEMN Lille

March 20, 2017: “Impact of Defects on Efficiency of Light Emitters“, prof. Chris Van de Walle, UCSB

March 3, 2017: “Linking Nanoscale to GigaWatts to decrease costs and increase the system value of PV-cells, – modules and -systems”, prof. Jef Poortmans, imec / K. U. Leuven (slides: Jef_Poortmans_UGent_030317)

February 3, 2017: “Creating effective conference posters“, Jean-luc Doumont, Principiæ ( Handouts at

December 16, 2016: “The future of holographic projection“, prof. Tim Wilkinson, University of Cambridge

December 2, 2016: “Optical Switching with Silicon Photonic MEMS“, prof. Niels Quack, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

November 4, 2016: Recent topics in nanophotonics: graphene plasmonics, parity-time symmetry and hyperbolic metamaterials” by Prof. Bjorn Maes, University of Mons (slides: bmaes_nbphot_nov2016).

October 7, 2016: NB-Photonics Annual Meeting, including keynote speaker Kobus Kuipers (TU Delft)

September 12, 2016: “Fast-switching liquid crystal optical elements and display” by Prof. Liang-Chy Chien, Department of Chemical Physics at Kent State University, U.S (slides: chien_20160912_gent).

2015 – 2016 academic year

July 6, 2016 “Mechanisms, evolution and biomimicry of color-producing nanostructures in birds and other dinosaurs“, Prof. Matthew Shawkey, Department of Biology at Ghent University

June 3, 2016: “Mobile Raman instrumentation in Archaeometry”, Prof. Peter Vandenabeele, Department of Archeology at Ghent University (overview, download presentation)

May 13, 2016: “From improving resolution to quantifying protein ensembles”, Prof. Sebastian Munck, VIB institute (overview, download presentation)

April 6, 2016: “Good vibrations: inducing and harnessing sound-light interactions in nanoscale circuits”, Prof. Benjamin Eggleton, Univ. Sydney (overview, download presentation)

March 4, 2016: “Spectroscopists do it with light: On the development of infrared sensors for medical diagnostics”, Prof. Dr. Werner Mäntele, Univ. Frankfurt (overview, download presentation)

February 12, 2016: “Organic Opto-Electronics: History Perspective and Hot Topics”, Paul Heremans, IMEC and K.U. Leuven (overview)

January 8, 2016: “Hybrid Integration and Photonic Multi-Chip Systems”, professor Christian Koos, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (overview, download presentation)

September 21, 2015: “Fourth Generation Optics”, Nelson Tabiryan, University of Central Florida (overview)

2014 – 2015 academic year

5 June 2015: “The use of (Raman) spectroscopy in catalyst research”, assistant professor Maarten Roeffaers, KULeuven (overview)

8 May 2015: “Solar Energy for the Built Environment”, assistant professor Michael Debije, TUe-Eindhoven (overview)

3 April 2015: topic: on-chip optical bio-detection and spectroscopy systems, assistant professor Hatice Altug, EPFL-Lausanne (overview)

6 March 2015: “Raman spectroscopy, a promising non-invasive tool to rapidly monitor molecular composition in biological specimens”, dr. Monica Marro, ICFO Institute of Photonic Sciences (overview)

13 February 2015: “Novel insights in the postnatal role of pulmonary neuroepithelial bodies (NEBs) using life cell imaging”, professor Jean-Pierre Timmermans, Antwerp University, and professor Liesbeth Lagae, KULeuven (overview)

5 December 2014: “Optomechanics with nanophotonic systems”, Ewold Verhagen, AMOLF (overview)

10 October 2014: “Single photon emission and detection”, professor Val Zwiller, KTH Stockholm (overview)

2013 – 2014 academic year

6 June 2014: “Quantum-Dot Solids – controlling carrier mobility, multiple exciton generation and charge trapping”, assistant professor Arjan Houtepen, Delft (overview)

9 May 2014: “Introduction to intellectual property”, dr. Danae Delbeke, Ghent Universiy (overview)

4 April 2014: “Novel applications of light”, dr. Cees Ronda, Philips Research (overview)

7 March 2014: “Functional imaging: from tissue to vesicles”, professor Ton van Leeuwen (overview)

14 February 2014: “Non-linear microscopy for biological imaging: applications and developments”, dr. Aymeric Leray (overview, download presentation (PDF))

10 January 2014: “OSTEmer – a novel material system for micro- and nanosystems”, professor Wouter van der Wijngaart, KTH Stockholm (overview)

6 December 2013: “Laser-based trace gas detection for sensitive chemical sensing”, professor Frans Harren, Radboud University Nijmegen (overview)

8 November 2013: “From sun to fuel”, professor Johan Martens (download presentation (PDF)) and professor Willy Verstraete (download presentation (PDF)). Introduction by professor Roel Baets (download presentation (PDF)).

20 September 2013: “Novel technologies for implantable spectrometers for continuous glucose sensing”, NB-Photonics annual meeting 2013 with Dr. Christoph Krafft and Dr. Ronny Bockxstaele (download presentation (PDF))

2012 – 2013 academic year

7 June 2013: “Surface plasmon polaritons in metals and semiconductors”, professor Jaime Gomez-Rivas, Eindhoven University of Technology (overview)

3 May 2013: “Few-photon photonics: methods and purposes”, professor Edouard Brainis, UGent (overview)

5 April 2013: “Spectroscopy of new Group IV Materials  for Photonic devices”, professor Matthew Halsall, Manchester University (overview)

1 March 2013: “Nanostructured organic semiconductor devices”, professor Uli Lemmer, Karlsruhe (overview)

1 February 2013: “The power of one: what can be learned by studying individual molecules?”, professor Johan Hofkens, KULeuven (overview, download presentation)

11 January 2013: “Biophotonics tools for studying molecular interactions in living cells”, professor Bernard Vandenbunder, Lille University Interdisciplinary Research Institute (overview)

21 December 2012: professor Nicolas Le Thomas, UGent, inaugaurual lecture

9 November 2012: professor Philippe Smet, UGent,

21 September 2012: NB-Photonics Annual Meeting 2012 with Prof. Peter Peumans (IMEC)

4 September 2012: professor Prof. Ivan Smalyukh, University of Colorado in Boulder: ‘Optical and Electrical Manipulation of Shape-morphing Elastomeric Colloidal Particles in Nematic Liquid Crystals’

2011 – 2012 academic year

15 June 2012: Prof Andre Skirtach (UGent): ‘Nanotechnology and material science for bridging photonics, imaging and biotechnology’

1 June 2012: Prof Detavernier (UGent): ‘Atomic Layer Deposition

4 May 2012: Prof Kirkpatrick (Mainz Uni)

  • ‘Scientific Writing: a constant challenge at all career stages’
  • ‘Nanotechnologies & Biomaterials for regenerative medicine’

6 April 2012: prof Daniel Vanmaekelbergh (UUtrecht): ‘Nanocrystals and nanocrystal superlattices: the beauty and the science

3 March 2012: dr. Sofie Bekaert, Bimetra UGent: ‘Translational Research in Ghent: reinforcing the translation from bench to bedside’ 3 February 2012: Prof Wolfgang Parak (Philipps University of Marburg): ‘Colloidal nano- and microparticles for biological sensing

6 January 2012: Prof Peter Dubruel (UGent): ‘Polymers for biomedical applications’

4 November 2011: prof. Marcel Ameloot (UHasselt): ‘Raster Image correlation spectroscopy (RICS): unlocking the hidden time information in confocal laser scanning microscopy’

7 October 2011: prof. Andrea Fiore (Eindhoven University of Technology): ‘Detecting single photons with superconducting nanowires’

23 September 2011: NB-Photonics Annual Meeting 2011. Keynote speakers Professor Kishan Dholakia (University of St Andrews, UK) ‘Shaping the future of NanoBiophotonics: the apllication of novel light field’ and Professor Anders Kristensen (Technical University of Denmark – DTU)   ‘Nanofluidic Lab-on-a-chip DNA analysis’

2 September 2011: prof. Jeroen Beeckman (UGent) ‘Electro-optic materials at micro and nanoscale’

2010 – 2011 academic year

1 July 2011: dr. Jurgen Michel (MIT) – dr. Cary Gunn (Genalyte); dr. Jurgen Michel ‘Germanium Optoelectronic Devices for Silicon Photonics’ and dr. Cary Gunn ‘Silicon Photonics for Clinical Diagnostics and Drug Discovery’

10 June 2011: prof. Zeger Hens (UGent) ‘Colloidal quantum dots – building blocks for photonic devices’

6 May 2011: prof. Jeroen Lammertyn (KUL) ‘Applications of bionanotechnology for food and medical diagnostics’

29 April 2011: dr. Andre Skirtach (Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces) ‘Single cell studies – with new materials and light inside and around cells’

1 April 2011: dr. Filip Beunis (UGent) ‘Optical tweezers: exerting and measuring piconewton forces on individual objects’

4 March 2011: prof. Erik Manders (UvA/UGent)

‘Advanced microscopy techniques: live-cell imaging and super-resolution’

4 February 2011: prof. Gustaaf Borghs (IMEC) ‘Optical studies of the brain: Fluorescence and Optogenetics’

7 January 2011: prof. Kevin Braeckmans (UGent) ‘Advanced fluorescence microscopy methods illuminate the transfection pathway of nucleic acid nanoparticles’