The mission of this chair is to support academic research and education at the Brussels Photonics Team (B-PHOT, www.b-phot.org) on the topic of optical connectivity in the domain of optical telecommunications.


TE Connectivity


The aim of the chair is to strengthen the links and support the collaboration between TE Connectivity – as an industrial global player in the field of connectivity in optical communications – and B-PHOT – as academic partner with world-renowned expertise in the domain of micro-photonics –. The chair provides a forum for exchange of technological know-how, for mutual access to technological resources and for top-level training and education of students and young professionals in the domain of optical telecommunications.


01/01/2014 – 31/12/2015 (renewable from 01/01/2016 – 31/12/2017)


Prof. Francis Berghmans and Prof. Hugo Thienpont


To achieve the objective of the chair several activities will be undertaken including:

  • plenary lectures by high-profile industrial leaders in the field of optical communications associated with industrial networking events;
  • lectures by TE Connectivity experts in the field of optical communications as part of the courses of the Master of Science in Photonics Engineering curriculum;
  • lectures by B-PHOT experts on novel micro-photonic technological developments as part of the activities of TE Connectivity training programmes;
  • the joint editing of technology roadmaps and publications in the field of fibre-to-fibre connectivity for optical telecommunication purposes;
  • the organization of mutual priority access and use of the technological facilities available for the development and testing of fibre-to-fibre connectivity technology demonstrators;
  • the joint organization of media coverage and communication of the joint achievements to a broad audience.