Photonics Research and Infrastructure Event: SYMPOSIUM: Gravitation makes impact

We can look back on a smoothly run symposium: a combined event for the opening of the new Gravitation Research Centre for Integrated Nanophotonics and the showcase of possibilities of NanoLab@TU/e for external users.

In the morning we celebrated this with presentations on the past, future and industrial relevance of photonics research at TU/e. In the afternoon, industry partners showcased the variety of ways in which they can benefit from the NanoLab@TU/e facilities as well as from the technology and science available in the area of photonics and beyond.

Furthermore the Minister for Education, Culture and Science, Mrs Jet Bussemaker, visited the cleanroom of NanolabA@TU/e, which plays a central role in photonics research in the Netherlands. This was seen live on the screen in the Blauwe Zaal. Following this visit she took part in a panel discussion with ASML CEO Peter Wennink, Mayor Rob Gijzel, TU / e Chairman Jan Mengelers and Professor Remco van der Hofstad on the value of technology research. Then she went into a panel discussion with students. 

After the panel discussions, the minister received a framed wafer (a thin disk in which ICs are made), bearing her portrait. She had worked on the wafer herself, earlier that day during her visit to the cleanroom Nanolab of the TU / e.