17 December 2013 | Ghent

08:30 - 09:30 AM


09:30 - 10:45 AM

Opening session

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Thematical sessions part I

12:15 - 01:15 PM


01:15 - 02:30 PM

Thematical sessions part II

02:35 - 03:50 PM

Thematical sessions part III

04:00 - 05:00 PM

Closing Session

05:00 - 05:30 PM

Icarus at the edge of time

05:30 - 07:00 PM



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On the road to portable laboratories: the world of bio-photonics

In biotechnology and in medicine there is an ever increasing need for techniques that allow to detect biologically active molecules, be it in vitro or in vivo or even intracellularly. Light plays a predominant role in these techniques since it allows to probe a biological medium without touching or damaging it. 

Techniques based on fluorescence have become ubiquitous in biotechnology. But in recent years there has been a spectacular scientific progress in new techniques based on nanophotonics and lab-on-chip systems.

Moderator: prof. Roel Baets, Universiteit Gent


Dr. Peter Peumans, Programmadirecteur life science technologies bij imec: CMOS-compatible photonics for integrated labs-on-a-chip and life sciences instrumentation

Prof. André Skirtach, UGent: Controlled intracellular release of molecules in living cells by means of laser light

Prof. Günther Roelkens, UGent: Mid-infrared photonic integrated circuits for life sciences and environment


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Prof. Roel Baets

Roel Baets received an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from Ghent University in 1980 and a second MSc degree from Stanford University in 1981. He received a PhD degree from Ghent University in 1984. From 1984 till 1989 he held a postdoctoral position at IMEC (with detachment to Ghent University). Since 1989 he has been a professor in the Engineering Faculty of UGent where he founded the Photonics Research Group, a research group with focus on integrated photonics and silicon photonics.  This group is associated with imec. Roel Baets is also director of the multidisciplinary Center for Nano- and Biophotonics (NB Photonics) at UGent, founded in 2010. Roel Baets is a grant holder of the Methusalem programme of the Flemish government and of the European Research Council (ERC). He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Dr. Peter Peumans

Peter Peumans earned his undergraduate and master degrees summa cum laude in Electrical Engineering at the Catholic University of Leuven. He then moved to Princeton University and obtained a PhD in Electrical Engineering on the topic of organic optoelectronics in 2003. From 2004 to 2010, he was a professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where he pursued devices and materials for solar energy conversion and biomedical electronics. Dr. Peumans received an NSF CAREER award in 2005 in recognition of his early career contributions in organic photovoltaics. In 2011, Dr. Peumans moved to imec to lead the life science activities. He is currently the Program Director of imec's Life Science Technologies program which aims at building world-class instrumentation for the life sciences using semiconductor manufacturing infrastructure.

Dr. Gunther Roelkens

Gunther Roelkens (PhD 2007) is professor in the Photonics Research Group, Gent University, where he works on photonic circuits for the mid-infrared wavelength range for spectroscopic sensors for life science applications. He obtained a European Research Council starting grant in this research area. He published already more than 80 papers in international journals and is member of the IEEE Photonics Society.

Prof. André Skirtach

Andre Skirtach received M. Sc. (equivalent) degree from Moscow State University of Lomonosov, Russia in 1993 and Ph. D. degree from McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada in 1997. Subsequently, he joined the National Research Council of Canada (Conseil national de recherches du Canada) in Ottawa, Ontario as an Associated Research Officer. In 2000, Dr. Skirtach and colleagues transferred to industry technology developed at NRC-CNRC and founded a prominent start-up - Trillium Phot., Inc. Subsequently, he moved to Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Golm, Germany, later on becoming a Group Leader in the Department of Interfaces. Since 2011, Dr. Skirtach has taken a faculty position at the University of Ghent, Department of Molecular Biotechnology, wherein he is taking part in activities of the Nano-Bio-(NB) Photonics consortium.