townhallI just got back from a stroll from the Begijnhof Congres Hotel to the Grote Markt (Great Market Square) in Leuven, Belgium’s city centre and back. To get to the city center, I walked the ancient cobblestone streets through Groot Begijnhof Leuven, a community for unmarried, semi-religious women thought to be established in the 1205. The Grote Markt itself is flanked by the astonishingly beautiful and ancient (15th century) Brebantine Gothic architecture of its Town Hall and St. Peter’s Church. It’s hard to imagine only a few minutes away by car, some of the most cutting edge technology in the world is being invented and researched at IMEC’s main campus. That, of course, is my reason for being in Leuven in the first place.

This week, along with 36 other journalists from around the world (including my esteemed colleague Ed Korczynski) I’ll be learning all about the latest achievements and work being done that involves not only 3D IC integration, but also the target end-user applications (bio-medical, wireless monitoring, solar cells, solid state lighting, and more.) What doesn’t fit the scope of 3D InCites coverage will most likely appear on our sister sites, Extreme InCites (MEMS, SSL and Printed electronics). Between the two of us, Ed and I should have it covered. Stay tuned, and in the meantime, enjoy the photos.

Francoise von Trapp

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