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The VUB Science Show on photonics is a spectacular show that gives young minds insight into the potential of science and engineering in an entertaining way. A team of enthusiastic PhD researchers from VUB B-PHOT take the students for an interactive journey into the world of light technology. In half a day, multiple demonstrations bring them from the origin of light and photons to lasers, from the manipulation of light to optical fibres for data communication or for medical imaging applications such as those used in endoscopy.

Photonics Science Show VUB B-PHOT

Photonics combines modern physics with engineering in an applied way. During the show students participate in experiments on stage. A challenging quiz tests their knowledge at the end of every demonstration, and the winner receives a prize.


To give 1,500 young students from 38 secondary schools in Belgium the opportunity to learn about photonics, VUB B-PHOT organises 3 half-day shows. There is an additional half day “Girls & Boys” congress where students participate in hands-on workshops on solar energy including in a solar boat race, laser-based spy systems, and they get to practice their light painting skills and learn how to make holograms.  This year, the students can also test their knowledge during a Science Game on the VUB Campus and get a stimulating insight into physics during a visit to the ‘Experimentarium’ at the ULB.

VUB PhD-studenten in volle actie

The Science Show already marks its 8th edition. The previous 7 shows have seen a total of 7,000 students attend in the past.  The show aims to inspire future engineers to study photonics science and technology to invent new technologies such as ultrahigh-definition LED screens, 3D laser projection systems, Augmented and Virtual Reality headsets, self-driving cars, sustainable energy, humanoid robotics, bio-engineering and medical applications.


Take a look at our video teaser on this site and get an impression of this unique experience!


VUB B-PHOT has been invited by UNESCO to perform this Science Show in Paris during the kick-off Flagship Event (#IDL18) of the very first “International Day of Light” on 16 May 2018.