Testimonial Summer Course BEST Brussels 2015: Photonics? Enlighten me!

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

European BEST Engineering Competition (EBEC) local round Brussels 2015: 19th of February

BEST Brussels is organizing their local engineering competition at VUB. You can win a variety of prizes! 1st prize for the team design: 4 tickets to LONDON (and back) provided by the Belgian Railways (HRRail).


On Tuesday 19th of February 2015, starting at 12 o'clock in Nelson Mandela Room (beneath aula Q) @ VUB.


First, you'll receive a free lunch. After that you'll get a company presentation from our Team Design Partner : HRRail. Then we start the Team design round of the engineering competition where you 'll get a fun assignment to make a solution for a given problem with limited given materials. Your solution will be judged on different levels by a professional Jury. After that there will be a reception hosted by the members of BEST Brussels.

You can only subscribe to participate in teams of 4 people.


Send an email to: with your Teamname + the names of the 4 participants.


First prize: Train tickets for 4 persons to LONDON (and back) 
Second prize : 4 Go Passes of NMBS
Third prize : 8 cinema-tickets Kinepolis (2 for every team member )


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Summer Course BEST Brussels 2013: The Future of Human-Robot Interaction

Every year, BEST Brussels organizes its own summer course, held at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). 20 technology students from more than 15 different European countries were selected and invited to Brussels to follow a 10-day course, held from 4 till 13 July 2013. The topic of this year’s edition was “The Future of Human-Robot Interaction” and was sponsored by Siemens, Solvay and Bruface. Our wonderful main organizer was Florent De Ganck.