SPIE Photonics Europe 2010 in Brussels, Belgium, is in the middle of a busy week.
The Photonics Innovation Village is open in the exhibition hall, showcasing 21 contestants for awards to be announced Thursday afternoon. The Innovation Village is held in cooperation with the European Commission and co-organized by the Brussels Photonics Team (B-Phot) -- recognizable all around Photonics Europe by their distinctive green ties and scarves.
Congress General Chair Francis Berghmans, B-Phot leader and professor at Vrije Univ. Brussel, was presented with a plaque in recognition of his being named an SPIE Fellow at a luncheon honoring the Fellows present at the meeting. Berghmans was honored for his work in optical fiber sensors and his contributions to SPIE. The Society has named approximately 800 Fellows since its inception in 1955. The Fellows enjoyed an invited lecture presented by Ursula Keller, ETH Zurich, on work on the MIXSEL, a novel ultrafast semiconductor laser developed by her group.
Top right: Ursula Keller, ETH Zurich, speaks to the Fellows Lunch at SPIE Photonics Europe. Above, Francis Berghmans receives his Fellow plaque from SPIE 2010 President Ralph James.
Photonics21 Student Innovation Award winners Sedat Nizamoglu (left) and Natalie Vermeulen with Giorgio Anania, Photonics21 Vice president and member of the Photonics21 Executive Board. The award is sponsored by Thales, SPIE Europe and the European project Accord.
Daily updates from the SPIE Photonics Europe symposium
And the second Photonics21 Student Innovation Award goes to... (Photonics21)