Mission Statement

Photonics is the science and technology of harnessing light. As one of the present-day Key Digital Technologies photonics is essential to the functioning of new applications which are critical to our ability to fundamentally address the enormous global societal and environmental challenges of our times. Photonics technologies are being used to create and launch a myriad of superior and previously unimaginable products in wide-ranging end-user industries from sustainable energy and food safety, to digital health and security, to smart transport, building and communications systems.

With this chair Hamamatsu Photonics wants to support the ongoing photonics innovation activities at VUB B-PHOT. The chair is the ideal vehicle to intensify mutual contacts between Hamamatsu Photonics experts and B-PHOT researchers, to exchange information on the latest research breakthroughs in the domain of photonics and their potential applications, and to explore the opportunities of durable collaboration between the two partners Hamamatsu Photonics and B-PHOT on photonics topics of mutual interest.


The chair aims to:

  • Introduce and review the progress and state-of-the art of photonics research at VUB B-PHOT.
  • Introduce and review present and future research, innovation, and technology needs in the field of photonics for which B-PHOT’s knowledge, expertise, and technology platforms could open pathways for jointly working towards solutions.
  • Invite external speakers from third party institutions to give review presentations on topics of joint interest to Hamamatsu Photonics and B-PHOT.
  • Explore and define joint research and innovation topics to prepare a strategy that will lead to internships, joint research and innovation projects.

Chair holder

Prof. dr. ir. Hugo Thienpont

Research group

VUB B-PHOT is the research and innovation center of Vrije Universiteit Brussel that focuses on the exciting domain of photonics. It is an international community hosting 70 experts from 17 countries all actively involved in the continuous pursuit of excellence in photonics education, in fundamental research, in innovation and industry support, and in STEM.




2019 - 2021