Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is a medium-size university in the capital of Belgium. The Brussels Photonics Team (B-PHOT, 65 FTE) form part of the Faculty of Engineering of VUB. The group is internationally recognized for its basic, strategic, and applied research in the field of “micro-photonics”. B-PHOT is also uniquely involved in many industrially-oriented research projects with Belgian and European companies. Several years ago it was awarded the special status of “Focal Point for Industrial Validation” by the Flemish government for its track record in knowledge transfer and research validation in photonics. VUB-B-PHOT played also a leading role in the structuring and integration of the fragmented European micro-optics and micro-photonics science and technology landscape. Indeed, TONA-VUB coordinated the European Network of Excellence in Micro-Optics NEMO, the Access To Micro-Optics Expertise, Services and Technologies (ACTMOST) and the Access Centre for Photonics Innovation Solutions and Technology Support (ACTPHAST/ACTPHAST 4.0). Finally, VUB-B-PHOT has played a pioneering role in “photonics education” by establishing the first full-fledged photonics engineering curriculum on the European continent.