Albert van den Berg
received his MSc in applied physics in 1983, and his PhD in 1988 both at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. From 1988-1993 he worked in Neuchatel, Switzerland, at the CSEM and the University (IMT) on miniaturized chemical sensors. In 2000 he was appointed as full professor on Miniaturized Systems for (Bio)Chemical Analysis in the faculty of Electrical Engineering and part of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. In 1994 he initiated together with Prof. Bergveld the international MicroTAS conference series. He published over 450 peer reviewed publications (H=59 WoS, H=81 Google Scholar) a.o. in Science, Nature, PNAS, NanoLetters etc, and from his group > 10 spin-off companies started. He received several honors and awards such as Simon Stevin (2002), two ERC Advanced (2008, 2015) and three ERC Proof of Concept (2011, 2013, 2016) grants, Simon Stevin award (engineering sciences), Spinoza prize (2009), Distinguished University Professor (Twente, 2010), Distinguished Professor (South China Normal University SNCU (China), 2012), Consulting Professor at Northwestern Polytechnic University NPU (China), 2017) and member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW) (board member from 2011-2016). He is member of the Koninklijke Hollandse Maatschappij van Wetenschappen (KHMW), the Academy for Technology and Innovation (ACTI), and founding member of HDMT and EUROoCS, the European Organ on Chip Society. From 2014-2018 he was scientific director of the MIRA institute for Biomedical Engineering. In 2017 he became co-PI of the Max Planck - University of Twente Center for Complex Fluid Dynamics. In 2018 he became (co)director of MESA+ institute for Nanotechnology.

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Cedric Huyghebaert
is currently Program manager of exploratory processes and modules at imec, dealing with material exploration and early module integration for functional applications. He is PI for imec and deputy of the wafer scale integration work package in the Graphene Flagship. He started as a junior researcher in the materials and component analyses group at imec. He studied the oxygen bean interactions during sputtering profiling of semiconductors. He received his PhD in Physics in 2006 at the KULeuven in Belgium. In 2005 he joined imecs pilot line as an support integration engineer, especially dealing with the process contamination control. He was part of the packaging group from end 2007 till begin 2010, working as a senior integration engineer dealing with 3D-stacked IC integration. From 2010 to 2019 he led the nano-applications and –material engineering (NAME) group at imec. He (co-)authored more than 150 journal and conference papers.

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Annelies Delabie is a principal member of the technical staff at imec and full professor at the chemistry department at KU Leuven (University of Leuven). She holds a PhD degree in science from the KU Leuven (2001). Her research focusses on thin film deposition and surface modification for applications in nano-electronic devices. In particular, she investigates the growth and reaction mechanisms during atomic layer deposition and chemical vapor deposition to control the deposition at the nanoscale and to design bottom-up techniques like area-selective deposition. She participates in the committees of the American Vacuum Society conference on Atomic Layer Deposition and the Area-Selective Deposition Workshop.

Helen University of Leeds UK

Title presentation: Looking through a liquid crystal  ball - making old eyes young.

Prof. Helen F. Gleeson moved to Leeds in 2015 to take up the Cavendish Chair in Physics after spending the majority of her career at the University of Manchester. She is currently the Head of School. Her research concerns self-ordering and self-assembling materials, particularly liquid crystal phases. She’s an experimentalist and uses a variety of approaches to understand liquid crystal structures - aiming to determine how the nanoscale properties of complex molecules affect their macroscopic physics. An important part of her research is to understand how liquid crystals can be used for novel applications. Her work has led to the invention of switchable contact lenses in which the voltage-induced change in refractive index of the liquid crystal lens element causes a change in focus, equivalent to putting on reading glasses! Most recently she jointly discovered a new property of liquid crystal elastomers – that they are auxetic (have negative Poisson’s ratio), meaning that they become thicker rather than thinner when stretched!

Helen’s work has been recognized by the Hilsum and Gray Medals from the British Liquid Crystal Society and the Holweck Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics and French Physical Society. In 2018, she was named the Times Higher Education Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year. In 2009 was awarded the OBE for Services to Science, especially her work in the area of equality and diversity in Physics.

Title presentation : Microfluidics for bottom-up synthetic biologybaret moz

Jean-Christophe Baret obtained his PhD from the University of Twente (NL) in 2005. After a post-doc at ISIS, Strasbourg (F), the institute of J.M. Lehn, he joined the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Goettingen (D) as an independent group leader. In 2013 he obtained an ERC Starting Grant to develop new microfluidic tools for micro-compartmentalization. He joined the University of Bordeaux (F) as a full professor in 2014 and was appointed Junior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France in 2016. He is the laureate of an ERC Proof of Concept grant which led to the creation of the company Emulseo launched in 2018. Emulseo develops formulations for industrial applications of the droplet-based microfluidics technology. He is a recognized expert in microfluidics, serving as Editor of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics (Springer-Nature) and as Advisory Board Member of Lab on a Chip (RSC). His research activities now focus on microfluidics for bottom-up synthetic biology.


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