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   Here is a non-exhaustive list of some of the activities & events that the EPC is organizing throughout the year:

Pizza Optics & Beer (POB)

The “Pizza, Optics & Beer” event, or shortly POB, is our monthly informal meeting and seminar to exchange the latest news in the photonics community at EPFL.

The monthly event was initiated in order to create a networking platform for master and PhD students, and scientific collaborators. In a loose frame where pizza and beer (and non-alcoholic beverages) are served, an invited speaker presents his or her work and the lab he or she is working in. The talk is separated into two parts, where the first is a very general introduction which allows the audience to sort in the specific work of the speaker which is presented in the subsequent part. The subsequent apero offers possibilities not only to discuss the matter but also to network within EPFL’s photonics community.

Even if the subject might not always fit to your field, we encourage the speakers to keep the first part of the presentation in a way, that everybody can follow and learn something. Join us and get to know the photonics community!

Visiting Lecturers

The EPFL Photonics Chapter holds at least 2 “Visiting Lecturer” events every year, sponsored by the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) and the Optical Society of America (OSA). We will be inviting special guests throughout the year to visit EPFL and give enlightening and diverse talks to our members. This is in-line with our chapter’s commitment and efforts to diffuse knowledge in the field of photonics, in addition to fostering scientific, technical, and personal skills within the photonics community at EPFL.

IONS-13 Conference


The International OSA Network of Students (IONS) conference series allows students from different student chapters to discuss their research results, exchange experiences from chapter activities, and get a flavor of the local optics and photonics industry. IONS is exclusively organized for students by students, which makes each IONS conference a unique experience. To enhance collaborations among PhD students within Switzerland and globally, the Lausanne and Zurich student chapters of OSA jointly planned the 13th iteration of the European IONS conference series. The IONS-13 conference took place Jan 9-12, 2013 both at ETH Zürich and EPFL.

Since IONS is a students-centered conference, there were only two scientific plenary sessions. Prof. P. Russel and Prof. J. Tisch shared valuable knowledge with the attendees. The students also appreciated the professional development session by Jean-luc Doumont about “How to be efficient during your PhD”.

The conference was one of the most popular IONS conferences ever and attracted more than 180 initial applications from all six continents, of which 99 were approved. Due to last minute no-shows 89 participants registered. There were 32 nationalities represented at the conference. In addition to the Swiss, western European, Russian, American, and Chinese students, participants from Cyprus, Cuba, Nigeria, Malaysia, Egypt, Australia and many more were present.

Lab and Company visits

Summer BBQ


Hike and other activities