Prof. Hugo Thienpont
Hugo Thienpont received the Ph.D. degree in applied sciences in 1990 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels, Belgium. He coordinates the Brussels Photonics Team, a group of 60 researchers that focuses on photonics industrial innovation.
Prof. Thienpont coordinates large research and networking projects and manages micro-photonics related industrial projects on a European level. Since 2004 he is general chair of the SPIE ‘Photonics Europe’ conference.
Prof. Thienpont received the International Commission for Optics Prize ICO’99 and the Ernst Abbe medal from Carl Zeiss. In 2003, he was awarded the title of “IEEE Photonics Distinguished Lecturer.” In 2005 he received the SPIE President’s Award for dedicated services to the European Photonics Community, and in 2007 the international MOC Award for his contributions in the field of micro-optics. In 2011 he received the University medal “Alma Mater Bene Merentibus” of the Warsaw University of Technology. In 2013 he was elected Member to the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and Art and in 2013 he receives the price for science communication. Hugo Thienpont is a member of the Board of Stakeholders of the Technology Platform Photonics21. Since 2012 Prof. Thienpont is Vice-Rector for innovation and industrial policy of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.