From Research to Innovation

From Research to Innovation - How to make your research findings useful for society as an early career professional?

On the 21st of October 2021, ACTPHAST4R is organizing an online event for young researchers. Join us to explore the range of opportunities available.



2:00-5:00 PM CEST


2:00-2:10 | Opening
Yann Amouroux - Director Europe at OPTICA (formerly OSA), UK

2:10-2:30 | Photonics: Key Technology for a Sustainable World
Hugo Thienpont - Director B-PHOT Brussels Photonics (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) & recipient of the 2021 SPIE Gold Medal Award, BE

2:30-3:00 | ACTPHAST4R: Open Access to European Photonics Prototyping Platforms for Innovation-driven Researchers
Nathalie Debaes - EU Project Support Officer B-PHOT Brussels Photonics (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) & ACTPHAST central point of contact, BE

3:00-4:00 | Panel discussion: Motivations, Barriers, Support and Solutions for Innovation
Hosted by Tatevik Chalyan, postdoc researcher B-PHOT Brussels Photonics (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) & OPTICA (formerly OSA) Ambassador 2021, BE

4:00-4:50 | Networking session: Engage with the experts
Meet the experts in Gather Town (link will be announced)

4:50-5:00 | Closing remarks
By Hugo Thienpont & Yann Amouroux


ACTPHAST for Researchers is specifically designed to support EU affiliated early career researchers (including the UK and Switzerland) with:

  • providing access & technology support from 200 of the best experts and technologies from 24 of Europe’s
    leading photonics research institutes funded by ACTPHAST 
  • demonstration of conceptual breakthroughs of advanced photonics technology platforms
  • creating links with industry and bringing their innovations to society.