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Upcoming Events

Online Spring Seminar + Q&A session

Date & time: April 22nd, 2024 at 16:00-17:30 CEST
Topic: "New materials for film optics and game changing AR/VR optical component"
Abstract: The rapid advancement of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) headsets has increased the demand for materials specifically designed for optical components used these devices esp. regarding improving the optical performance, realizing a small  form factor and having low weight.  This presentation  discusses the challenges and current status of new liquid crystal based materials developed for AR/VR applications, including both passive and active components.
Speaker: Michael Wittek, PhD, Merck Electronics
Medium: MS Teams
Registration: free of charge for SID members. Registration is now open! Register here.
>> Following the Q&A session, the SID-ME General Meeting will take place, with the election or re-election of Chapter Officers <<

SID-ME Chapter Student Award

The latest Student Award was granted in 2022. We plan to restart the sequence on our next major meeting.

The Student Award amounts to €1500.

EuroDisplay 2024

This year's edition of the major European display conference is hosted by our colleagues from the French chapter and will take place 

  • from September 18-20, 2024 
  • in Grenoble, France

See https://www.sid.org/Portals/sid/Files/pdf/Eurodisplay2024.pdf
Deadline for paper submission is March 15, 2024.

Student Award

The 1500 Euro SID-ME Chapter Best Student Award is granted yearly for an outstanding scientific or technical contribution to research on information display. The applicant must be a student (up to and including PhD student) when the work is performed and must be a member or student member of the SID-ME Chapter when the application is submitted. See this page for more information about (student) membership. Please note the very low price ($5) for student membership.

To participate, submit your abstract to the Chapter Meeting where the award will be granted and indicate that you want to participate in the competition. The applicant must be the first author of the submitted abstract and must personally present the work at the Chapter Meeting where the award ceremony will take place. If the first 2 authors are students and members, the prize can be shared between those 2 students. In that case, notify the award committee (see below) well in advance of the Chapter Meeting. 

Present composition of the Award Committee:

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. N. Frühauf, Universität Stuttgart, norbert.fruehauf(a)lfb.uni-stuttgart.de 
  • Dr. Jens Osterodt, Merck KgaA, jens.osterodt(a)merckgroup.com
  • Dr. Stefan Riehemann, Fraunhofer IOF, stefan.riehemann(a)iof.fraunhofer.de
  • Ing. Coen Van 't Westeinde, NDF , c.westeinde(a)ndf.eu
  • Prof. Dr. ir. H. De Smet, Ghent University, Herbert.DeSmet(a)UGent.be

Past winners (this list is up-to-date as of February 8, 2024):

2022: Mr.  Mr. Yannick Schellander from Stuttgart University in Germany, for his work on "High Gain Operational Amplifier Using Enhancement and Depletion Mode a-IGZO TFTs"

2019:  Mr.  Maxim Schmidt from Saarland University in Germany, for his work on "Robust BLU Design by Optimizing LSF Shape for Automotive Applications"

2018:  Ms. Marta Kazimierska  from Friedrich Schiller University Jena, for her work on "Spatial light modulators in non-rotationally symmetric imaging systems"

2017:  Mr. Felix Fries from Technische Universität Dresden in Germany, for his work on "Organic light-emitting diodes allow for active beam-shaping without additional optical elements"

2016 : Ms. Elisabeth Bodenstein from Fraunhofer FEP in Germany, for her work on "OLED Micropatterning by Electron Beam Processing

2015 : Mr. Mohammed Mohammadimasoudi from Ghent University in Belgium, for his work on "Thin film polarized liquid crystal backlight"

2014 : Ms. Selin Pıravadılı Mucur from the Gebze Institute of Technology in Turkey, for her work on "Enhancement Effect of Nanoparticles on Organic Light Emitting Diodes"

2013 : Mr. Lieven Penninck from Ghent University in Belgium, for his work on "Numerical estimation of the lasing threshold in dye-doped chiral nematic liquid crystals"

2012 : Mr. Jelle De Smet from Ghent University in Belgium, for his work on "The Quest for a Liquid Crystal Based Contact Lens Display"

2011 : Ms. Constanze Grossmann from Fraunhofer IOF in Germany, for her work on "Bidirectional OLED microdisplay utilized as inverse confocal sensor"

Past events 

EuroDisplay 2022

September 21st to September 23rd 2022 | Stuttgart University, Stuttgart, Germany

EuroDisplay 2019

September 16-20, 2019 | Marriott Hotel, Minsk, Belarus
More information on : https://eurodisplay2019.bsuir.by/
For a report, see our Newsletter number 41.

SID-ME Chapter Spring/Summer Meeting 2019

Dates: July 3-4, 2019
Venue: Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
The General Meeting and Officer Election took place during this meeting.

SID-ME Chapter Spring Meeting 2018

Dates: April 17-18, 2018
Venue: Fraunhofer IOF, Jena and Leuchtenburg, Kahla, Germany
The General Meeting and Officer Election took place during this meeting.

EuroDisplay 2017

EuroDisplay was organized by the Belarus Chapter in co-operation with the Institute of Physics (IOP), from October 31st to November 2nd
Venue: Hotel Meliá, Berlin, Germany

SID-ME Spring Meeting 2017

13-14 March, 2017, Dresden, Germany.


  • Near-to-eye projection, smart glasses, smart contact lenses; augmented / virtual reality
  • Personal and professional wearable display applications)
  • Ergonomics
  • Training/Education

More details and Program on the Website

The General Meeting and Officer Election took place during this meeting.

SID-ME Fall Meeting 2016

3-4 November, 2017, Berlin, Germany.
Venue: Fraunhofer HHI (Heinrich Hertz Institute)

Meeting ran from noon to noon, with an optional guided visit to HHI Timelab on the 2nd afternoon.


Special topics:

  • 3-D and virtual/augmented reality
  • High-end display applications (incl. ruggedized, automotive, medical)
  • Quantum dots and lighting


Eurodisplay 2015

September 21-23, 2015
Ghent, Belgium

Generic EuroDisplay portal: sideurodisplay.org

Direct link to the '15 edition: EuroDisplay.ugent.be

During this conference, the SID-ME General Meeting and Officer Election took place, as well as the Student Award ceremony.

The EuroDisplay 2015 proceedings are available to all logged in SID members as a special issue of the SID Digest.

Some contributions are available as a peer reviewed full paper version in JSID. A virtual issue 'EuroDisplay 2015' is available on Wiley online.

SID-ME Fall 2014 Meeting

October 9-10, 2014


Organized by Stuttgart University, Germany.

Special topics:
  • Active matrix technologies
  • Flexible displays
  • Process technologies for large area microelectronics

See Newsletter 33 for a report of this Meeting

SID-ME Spring 2014 Meeting

April 7-8, 2014


Organized by Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey, in the SEED Event Center at the Sakip Sabanci Museum, overlooking the Bosporus.

Special topics:
  • OLED displays and applications
  • Graphene and other novel materials in display applications
  • Flexible electronics and displays

During this meeting, the SID-ME General Meeting and Officer Election took place, as well as the Student Award ceremony.

See our newsletters for older events

Number 41 October 2019 Number 20 May 2006
Number 40 December 2018 Number 19 October 2005
Number 39 March 2018 Number 18 May 2005
Number 38 August 2017 Number 17 December 2004
Number 37 January 2017 Number 16 May 2004
Number 36 August 2016 Number 15 March 2004
Number 34-35 April 2016 Number 14 March 2003
Number 33 April 2015 Number 13 September 2002
Number 32 April 2014 Number 12 December 2001
Number 31 October 2013 Number 11 May 2001
Number 30 August 2013 Number 10 December 2000
Number 29 October 2012 Number 9 April 2000
Number 26-27 September 2011 Number 8 January 2000
Number 25 September 2009 Number 7 June 1999
Number 24 December 2008 Number 6 January 1999
Number 23 February 2008    
Number 22 April 2007    
Number 21 November 2006    
Officer elections are planned during our Spring 2024 online meeting. This will be announced in advance via e-mail to all our members.
Director Herbert De Smet
Chair Jens Osterodt
Vice Chair Coen Van 't Westeinde... retired. Position open
Treasurer Armin Wedel
Secretary Stefan Riehemann

Student Branch 'Ghent Lowlands'

website with recent activities

Activities prior to 2014

March 20, 2013: Organization of Photonics Event (http://www.photonicsevent.be) 

March 7, 2013: Display Quiz 

November 8, 2012: 3D event 

October 5, 2012: New academic year launch event 

June 2012: member BBQ

April 19 2012: Thesis event

Pixel workshop

'Make your own display'

Ghent Lowlands Student Branch activity
March 15, 2012 Ghent, Belgium

Seminar on Electrowetting and OLED microdisplays

Ghent Lowlands Student Branch activityFeb 27, 2012 Ghent, Belgium

  • Dr. Ian Underwood (University of Edinburgh)
  • Dr. Kurt Petersdorff (Samsung LCD Netherlands Research Center)

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