The SPIE Student Chapter of TUD is organizing a special event on the Monday afternoon. Everyone is invited but this session is targeting students in photonics. 

FOCUS Leadership Workshop

Monday, 17.10, 9th September

Talk 1: 

To patent or not to patent? How patents can motivate new ideas.

Speaker: Dr. Adonis Reyes Reyes, Invention Disclosure Coordinator -  IMEC, Physics R & D Engineer - TMC

AbstractA true leader knows that information is essential to take the best decisions. But sometimes the right information is difficult to find or even to read. In this talk I will talk about the importance of keeping an open and inquisitive mind. I will illustrate it with my own experience moving from being an experimental Physicist to work as Patent analyst. I will share how Patents can be used to keep track of the newest scientific and technological developments and at the same time motivate the creativity. I will close by explaining how to identify the relevant information in a Patent in a fast and efficient way.

Talk 2:

Getting ready for your future career

Speaker: Ms. Elizabeth Vela, Account Manager - TMC

AbstractTMC is a unique collection of self-starting, highly skilled and almost self-employed technical professionals. Our unparalleled Employeneurship model offers engineers from all backgrounds the comforts of employment and the opportunities of entrepreneurship. This makes for a challenging, stimulating environment that you are welcome to explore.

During this session you will learn first-hand from our Employeneurs how they were able to make the jump from academia to working in applied innovation. Each journey is unique, however with the common denominator of constant search for knowledge growth.


For SPIE student members

Besides student event, we have two grants for SPIE student members. The deadline of these two grants is 1 of September. We will evaluate all the application and notify the result at the 15th of September.

If you are not a student member of SPIE yet, you still have the chance to register online at

1. SPIE FOCUS Conference Grant

As our honored SPIE student member, you will have the conference registration fee waivered. Moreover, you will be able to receive finance support for accommodation up to 150 EUR.

You automatically apply for the conference grant when register in the category ‘SPIE Student Member’. Please indicate your SPIE student number when register online.

The Conference Grant is first come first served, hence we encourage you to register as early as possible.

The registration fee and the accommodation support will be refunded onsite.

2. SPIE FOCUS travel grant

We will have some limited space for travel grant. To apply this grant, please send the application letter to, including motivation letter, CV and one reference letter.

Poster Price

A poster prize will be awarded to the best poster (value of €250).