If you have any question about our programme, you can check out the most frequently asked questions and answers at your convenience.

Possibly your question is not listed yet, we welcome you to contact the Photonics Secretariat at any time!



Majorie Jammaers and Bert Coryn are the points of contact for all information or guidance for our students in photonics and take care of the Photonics Secretariat.

For VUB specific questions, please contact Ms. Majorie Jammaers directly.

For UGent specific questions, please contact Mr. Bert Coryn directly.

Vrije Universiteit Brussel | VUB

VUB Main Campus
Building F,  9th floor, room F9.52
Pleinlaan 2 | B-1050 Brussels, Belgium

Ghent University | UGent

Site Zwijnaarde
Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 15 | B-9052 Ghent, Belgium

Programme Board Photonics

The Programme Board is responsible for the structure and content of the master programmes as well as the operational management. It is an inter-university board (VUB and UGent) with professors, teaching assistants and students. The Board manages two master programmes: Master of Science in Photonics Engineering (English) and MSc. in de ingenieurswetenschappen: fotonica (Dutch)

Prof. dr. ir.
Heidi Ottevaere

VUB Chair Programme Board

Heidi Ottevaere graduated from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 1997 as an electrotechnical engineer with majors in Photonics and received her PhD degree in Applied Sciences in 2003 from the same university. Since 2019 Prof. Ottevaere chairs the Applied Physics and Photonics Department (TONA) of the Faculty of Engineering that is responsible for the Photonics Education Curriculum at VUB.

Prof. dr.
Nicolas Le Thomas

UGent Chair Programme Board

Nicolas Le Thomas received the degree in engineering from “Ecole National Superieure de Physique de Grenoble” (ENSPG) in 1998 and the PhD degree from “Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble” (INPG) in 2002. He carried out the PhD thesis at CEA/Grenoble.

During 2002 and 2005, he was postdoctoral fellow at the University of Dortmund working on the optical spectroscopy of semiconductor nanocrystals. From 2005 to 2011, he was research associate at “Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne” (EPFL) working on the optical characterisation of photonic crystals structures. In 2012, he has been appointed professor in the Engineering Faculty of Ghent University.


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