Building a Dutch Terahertz Research community - 2nd Dutch Symposium on Terahertz Science and Technology

June 16, 2022

The Center for Terahertz Science and Technology (CTSTe) and the TU Delft Terahertz Sensing group organized the 2nd Dutch Symposium on Terahertz Science and Technology in-person on the TU/e campus on June 16th! An exciting day: with around 50 visitors, with talks from the academia, industry, NWO. The symposium closed with a poster session, and opportunity to network while enjoying some drinks and snacks. The program was sponsored by NWO through a grant for organizing scientific meetings.

The symposium aimed to bring together the Dutch research community in Terahertz science and technology and industry and interested users. There was plenty of opportunities for interaction with each other and inspire further community building. During the symposium the participants learned directly from the invited speakers about the research and developments in the field. A special poster session allowed participants to get to know each other better and to learn more about the exciting transition that the terahertz field is undergoing from fundamental research to engineering development and real-world applications. 

The keynote talk was delivered by the chairman of the German Terahertz Society, prof. Sascha Preu. It was great hearing Mladen Skelin from NWO on funding scheme in the Netherlands, Thorsten Achterkirchen from Teledyne, Nuria Llombart from TU Delft, Alexey Kimel from Radboud University and Shihab Al-Daffaie from TU/e. The symposium aimed to create an environment to exchange information and allow the Dutch Terahertz community to prepare for catching the wave of funding and collaboration opportunities. 


This year, master students taking the Terahertz System Challenge Based Learning (CBL) course at Eindhoven University of Technology attended the symposium and the five best student’s posters on the  course challenge on how to miniaturized THz systems for sensing applications such diabetes, anemia among other were invited for the poster session. Congratulations to Tom Hermans, Marrit Jen Hong Li, Niek Kesteloo, Nishith Narendra and Mike Tops.  

At the closure, after a short introduction to the EHCI, two important announcements were made - the 3rd Dutch Symposium on Terahertz Science and Technology will take place in2024 & TU/e will organize a THz Summer School in 2023 (