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Workshop on "Dissipative solitons, turbulence and extreme events in nonlinear photonics"


Brussels, 6 - 8 September 2023 - ULB - Campus Plaine
(Quartier Jaune - Building N.O. - 5th Floor - Solvay room )

The study of the confinement of light in one or more dimensions leading to the formation of conservative and dissipative solitons has revolutionized nonlinear optics and photonics. New classes of ultrafast lasers have also been created, making a wide range of interdisciplinary applications possible. Key studies in the field of optical communications as well as many areas of ultrafast photonics, including laser design, frequency comb generation, and interdisciplinary studies related to the complexity of producing extreme events, turbulence, and spatiotemporal chaos, are now supported by soliton physics. This workshop will cover the most recent advances in the following active areas of study while describing the state of the art, recent developments, new perspectives, and cutting-edge methods:


• Spatial and temporal localized structures of light

• Laser mode locking

• Machine learning and networks with photonic devices

• Microresonator frequency comb technologies

• High-precision spectroscopy

• Generation and propagation of pulses in fiber lasers and optical waveguides

• Stability, interaction, and mobility of optical solitons

• Extreme events, turbulence, and spatiotemporal chaos in photonic devices


Invited Speakers

Nail Akhmediev (Australian National U. Canberra, Australia)

Lies Bahloul (U. of Science & Technology Houari Boumediene, Algeria)
Uwe Bandelow (Weierstrass Institute, Berlin, Germany)
Stefano Boccaletti (Institute of Complex Systems, Florence, Italy)
Amin Chabchoub (Kyoto U., Japan & U. of Sydney, Australia)
Marcel Clerc (U. of Chile, Santiago, Chile)

Lina Grineviciute (FTMC, Vilnius, Lithuania)

Luigi Lugiato (U. of Insubria, Como, Italy)

Boris Malomed (Tel Aviv U., Israel)

Andrey Matsko (California Institute of Technology, USA)
Ziad Musslimani (Florida State U. ,USA)

Arnaud Mussot (U. of Lille, France)
Marco Piccardo (Harvard U., USA)

Nathalie Picqué (Max Planck Institute, Garching, Germany)

Stefania Residori (U. of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France)
Nikolay Rosanov (Ioffe Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia)
Dmitry Skryabin (U. of Bath, UK)

Kestutis Staliunas (ICREA, Barcelona, Spain)
Guy Van der Sande (VUB, Brussels, Belgium) 
Andrei Vladimirov (Weierstrass Institute, Berlin, Germany)
Stefan Wabnitz (La Sapienza U., Rome, Italy)

Scientific and Organising Committee

Marcel Clerc (U. of Chile, Santiago, Chile)
Saliya Coulibaly (U. of Lille, France)
Pascal Kockaert (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Bilal Kostet (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
René Lefever (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Krassimir Panajotov (VUB, Brussels, Belgium)

Majid Taki (U. de Lille, France)
Mustapha Tlidi (ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Guy Verschaffelt (VUB, Brussels, Belgium)


Practical information for attendees


Attendance is free of charge but registration is required (limited space).

To register, please click on ‘Click HERE to register’ at the top right of the webpage.


After registering you should receive an automatic response confirming that your registration has been submitted.

This message is then followed by an email confirming your participation.

Name badges will be distributed on site on Wednesday 6 September from 09:30 a.m.

For any enquiries, please contact Isabelle Van Geet (


The workshop will be held at ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) - Campus Plaine - Bld de la Plaine
1050 Brussels (Quartier Jaune - Building N.O. - 5th Floor - Solvay room). Click HERE for the map of the Campus.


A banquet will be held on Thursday 7 September at 7:00 p.m.
For those who wish to attend, there will be a 50 Euro banquet fee to be paid cash on the first day of the workshop.

An email with the banquet registration details will be sent to all participants in September.

Getting here

Metro line 5 (direction "Hermann Debroux") - Station "Delta". Delta is the metro station on the campus.
Click HERE for the map of the metro.

For more information about public transport in Brussels go to the STIB's website.



Travel and accommodation

Attendees will have to arrange and pay for their own travel, accommodation, and subsistence costs.

Please see below links that might help you find accommodation in Brussels.


Brussels City Center:

Hôtel Atlas - Sleep Well - Bed & Brussels - - Hotel Saint-Nicolas

Hotel Queen Anne - Hotel Bloom - Max Hotel - Metropole Hotel - Plaza Hotel


Hotels close to the venue:

U-Residence: 1.2 km (12 minutes walk)

Hotel Brussels: 3.6 km (25 minutes walk - tram number 8: 20 minutes)

Hotel Barsey by Warwick: 3,8 km (28 minutes walk - tram number 8: 21 minutes)

Hotel Ibis Styles Hotel Brussels Louise: 3.6 km (25 minutes walk - tram number 8: 20 minutes)

Hotel Capital: 3.3 km (19 minutes walk - tram number 8: 16 minutes)



For any enquiries, please contact Isabelle Van Geet (