News › The »Applied Pho­to­nics Award 2023« – Apply now for a chance to win up to 3,000€!

Until June 30, stu­dents and doc­to­ral can­di­da­tes can once again apply for the Applied Pho­to­nics Award. The young rese­ar­cher award by the Fraun­ho­fer Insti­tute for Applied Optics and Pre­cis­ion Engi­nee­ring IOF honors the­ses that deal with inno­va­tive opti­cal tech­no­lo­gies for society and industry.

Pro­mo­ting highly qua­li­fied young talent and reco­gni­zing new ideas in the field of applied pho­to­nics at an early stage – this is the aim of the Applied Pho­to­nics Award, the young rese­ar­cher award by Fraun­ho­fer IOF from Jena, Germany.

Pri­zes are awarded to a total of three final the­ses in the cate­go­ries Bache­lor, Master/Diploma and Dis­ser­ta­tion. The win­ners will receive prize money and valuable career cont­acts in the pho­to­nics and optics indus­try. The prize money is stag­ge­red as follows:

Cate­gory A: Best Bachelor’s the­sis (1,000 €)
Cate­gory B: Best Master’s the­sis (2,000 €)
Cate­gory C: Best dis­ser­ta­tion (3,000 €)

Who can apply?

All bachelor’s, master’s and diploma the­ses as well as dis­ser­ta­ti­ons (in Ger­man or Eng­lish) that were sub­mit­ted to a Ger­man uni­ver­sity or col­lege in 2022 or 2023 and are con­side­red »pas­sed« by the time the appli­ca­tion is sub­mit­ted are eligible.

The field of study is irrele­vant: the range of for­mer award win­ners extends from phy­sics to opto­me­try to hor­ti­cul­tu­ral sci­en­ces. The decisive fac­tor for the award is that the work deals with inno­va­tive and com­mer­ci­ally via­ble opti­cal tech­no­lo­gies for sus­tainable living and eco­no­mic activity.

Award cerem­ony at the inter­na­tio­nal ››Pho­to­nics Days Jena‹‹

The Applied Pho­to­nics Award will be pre­sen­ted in Octo­ber 2023 at the Pho­to­nics Days Jena, an inter­na­tio­nal career and net­wor­king event orga­ni­zed by Fraun­ho­fer IOF and the Max Planck School of Pho­to­nics. The win­ners will have the oppor­tu­nity to pre­sent their the­sis in front of an expert audi­ence. There will also be the oppor­tu­nity to net­work with repre­sen­ta­ti­ves of high-ran­king com­pa­nies in the optics and pho­to­nics industry.

This year, Fraun­ho­fer IOF announ­ces the Applied Pho­to­nics Award for the sixth time. But the tra­di­tion of the award goes back much lon­ger: in 2018, it repla­ced the Green Pho­to­nics Young Sci­en­tist Award, which had been pre­sen­ted by the insti­tute since 2012.

This year’s Applied Pho­to­nics Award is again being pre­sen­ted with the kind sup­port of the Asso­cia­tion of Ger­man Engi­neers (VDI) as well as the com­pa­nies Active Fiber Sys­tems, JENOPTIK, TRUMPF, and Hua­wei Technologies.

Appli­ca­ti­ons will be accepted until June 30 at ed.refohnuarf.foi@ppa.

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