Summer Course 2015

Photonics? Enlighten me!

Do you want to learn about the 21st century key enabling technology 'Photonics' and its applications? Light from the focused and coherent lasers has now become an important part of our daily lives: from scanning packages at supermarkets, to eye surgery, and to IT communications across oceans. The science and technology of light are essential for the future development of humankind, and in the search of solutions to solve global problems in sustainability and healthcare.


The lectures will be given by the B-PHOT team (Faculty of Engineering), currently among the world-leaders in optical modelling, optical characterization, micro-photonic systems, etc. For sure, take a look on their website:



Besides the physics part, the course also includes a workshop with the title "Career self-management: You're in the driver's seat". You develop yourself, you learn and grow to become a motivated and competent professional. You want to be a happy employee who gets energy from the job. It is said that those who choose a job they love, never have to work one day in their lives. But how to find out what your destination is? One thing is sure: only you can tell what drives you and gets you up every morning. Find out what your professional profile is. This workshop will be given by a specialist from Vlerick Business School.


When, where and how to apply?

The summer course will take place from Sunday 5th July 2015 until Tuesday the 14th July 2015 at Vrije Universiteit Brussel ( Go to the international BEST website to apply (

Application starts at 16 February 2015 and ends at 22 March 2015. We hope to meet you in Brussels!

Schedule and survival guide

You can download the schedule here (subject to changes). 

You can download the survival guide here.



This summer in Brussels, the heart of Europe, the 22nd BEST Brussels Summer Course was launched in high spirits. The course with the theme "Photonics? Enlighten Me!" consisted of classes and lab sessions with some of the biggest names within photonics working for the B-Phot team in Brussels and an inviting social program.

The BEST (Board of European Students of Technology) organizers from Brussels and their co-organizers from Hungary and Poland put their heads and hearts together to give the participants the best sights of Brussels and an unique opportunity to experience the games and student spirit of the VUB campus.

On Sunday the participants got to know each other with a wealth of icebreaking games and by the next morning the tight-knit group was ready to take on what Photonics had to offer.

During the week the students attended classes in Lasers, Optical Sensors, Semiconductor Lasers, Spectroscopy and Optical Communication. The classes were complemented by practical work in the VUB Physics labs and a final presentation from the participants in one of the applications of Photonics they'd learned about.

In the evenings and during the weekend the participants got to experience things like the International Evening with food and drinks from all of the participants countries, the oh-so-popular Cantus, a city rally and a Flemish concert in city center.

On the following Tuesday the participants parted from the dormitories with their newfound knowledge in Photonics knowing that they had made new friends for life and wished eachother warm goodbyes and wishes to visit eachother and to "See you around in Europe!".

Anna Wisakanto, Participant Summer Course BEST Brussels 2015