Speaker Bios

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Malte Gather

University of St Andrews, UK

Malte C. Gather studied physics and material sciences at RWTH Aachen University and Imperial College London. In 2008, he received his PhD from the University of Cologne with a thesis on cross-linkable organic semiconductors and organic LEDs. As a postdoc at University of Iceland and later as Bullock-Wellman Fellow at Harvard University he worked on optical amplification in plasmonic waveguides and on opto-biological devices, in particular on lasers based on single biological cells. Malte Gather was assistant professor at TU Dresden (Germany) from 2011 to 2013 before getting a full professorship at the University of St Andrews (UK). His research area is at the interface between biophotonics and organic semiconductors.

Prof. Miles Padgett

University of Glasgow, UK

Miles Padgett holds the Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. He heads an Optics Research Group covering a wide spectrum from blue-sky research to applied commercial development, funded by a combination of government charity and industry. He is also Vice-Principal for Research in the University with an office which strives to support both individual researchers in realising their own potential and the University’s vision to deliver world-changing research.

Miles is a Fellow both of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy. In 2008 Miles was awarded the UK Institute of Physics, Optics and Photonics Division Prize. In 2009 Miles was awarded the Institute of Physics, Young Medal “for pioneering work on optical angular momentum”. In 2014 he was awarded the Kelvin Medal of the Royal Society of Edinburgh for his contributions to optics and his promotion of a global community of researchers. In 2015 he was awarded the Prize for Research into the Science of Light by the European Physical Society and in 2017 the Max Born Award of the OSA.

His research group studies in the field of optics and in particular of optical angular momentum. Their contributions include an optical spanner for spinning micron-sized cells, use of orbital angular momentum to increase the data capacity of communication systems and an angular form of the quantum Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) paradox.

Miles is the Principal Investigator of QuantIC, the UK’s Centre of excellence for research, development and innovation in quantum enhanced imaging, bringing together the six Universities with more than 40 industry partners.

Joost Van Kerkhof

Dr. Joost van Kerkhof

LioniX International, NL

Joost van Kerkhof Ph.D. is the Chief Operations Officer of LioniX International since the merger of LioniX, XiO Photonics, and SatraX into LioniX International in 2016. He is also the interim COO of PHIX photonics assembly, which was founded in 2017 by LioniX International. Before the merger he was the CEO of XiO Photonics since 2013. Joost has more than 20 years of experience in the micro-nano technology industry. Before joining XiO Photonics, Joost worked with Sensata Technologies (automotive sensors) as Director Business Integration, where he was responsible for business due diligence of acquisition candidates, followed by integration of the business in the Sensata organization. Before his role in business management, he has held positions within Texas Instruments (which became Sensata Technologies in 2006) as Director R&D and Director Operations. In these positions he has brought several products into high volume production. Joost also worked for 6 years as R&D manager at HortiMax (horticulture process automation). Joost holds a masters and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering specialized in micro-nano technology and (bio)sensors.

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