The 1st edition of the RÉQOP – COPL Summer School, an initiative that’s here to stay

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On June 5, the first summer school organized by the Réseau étudiant québécois en optique photonique (RÉQOP) supported by COPL was held in conjunction with our Annual Conference.

Activities focused on cross-disciplinary skills training for our graduate students attracted some 100 participants.

Themes such as navigating doctoral studies and the job market; from idea to device design; and the round table on the experience of photonics start-up founders kept the audience enthralled from start to finish.

Many thanks to our speakers who agreed to pass on a piece of their knowledge and experience for the benefit of the next generation of experts in the field.

Conferences in brief

  • It goes without saying: everything you need to know about higher education in optics by Caroline Boudoux, Professor at Polytechnique Montréal, entrepreneur, author
  • The CV is dead. Long live the CV! by Matthew Posner, Optica Ambassador
  • Introduction to microelectronic encapsulation – Processes and trends by David Danovitch, Ing. Professor and C2MI Research Chair in point encapsulation at Université de Sherbrooke
  • The journey of Castor Optics, an emerging manufacturer of specialized fiber optic couplers by Kathy Beaudette, Business Development Manager, Castor Optics
  • Evolution of Silicon photonic for coherent modem by Michel Cyr, Director High Speed Photonic Components, Ciena
  • The 3IT.Micro and Nano platform: from chips to electronic systems by Alvaro Jimenez and Philippe Mérel of the Institut interdisciplinaire d’innovation technologique (3IT), Université de Sherbrooke
  • Recent developments in photonics at CMC by Gordon Harling, President and CEO of CMC Microsystems
  • Roundtable session with founders of startups in the photonics optics ecosystem
    • Moderator/Host: Richard Chénier, Executive Director, Startup Montréal
    • Tigran Galstian, professor at Université Laval and founder of Patqer
    • François R. Moisan, co-founder of Sollum Technologies
    • Mariia Zhuldybina, co-founder of TRAQC
    • Cécile Darviot, Co-founder of Vega BioImaging

Last but not least, thanks to the organizing committee composed of :

  • Jennyfer Zapata-Farfan, doctoral student at Polytechnique Montréal
  • Camila Aparecida Zimmermann, doctoral student at École de Technologie Supérieure
  • Asma Mimouni, doctoral student at École de Technologie Supérieure
  • Olivier-Michel Tardif, doctoral student at Université de Sherbrooke
  • Louis-Charles Michaud, doctoral student at Université Laval
  • Nicolas Payeur, student at Université Laval
  • Marouchka-M.Brisebois, Communications and Coordination Manager at COPL
Morning session speakers.
Participants in the Startups round table with COPL team.