Ope­ning of the High Per­for­mance Cen­ter of Pho­to­nics

Ceremonial opening oft he High Performance Center for Photonics in Jena with (left to right): Prof. Dr. Andreas Tünnermann, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp, Prof. Dr. Walter Rosenthal, Dr. Michael Mertin, Wolfgang Tiefensee und Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer (Source: Fraunhofer IOF)

Ceremonial opening oft he High Performance Center for Photonics in Jena with (left to right): Prof. Dr. Andreas Tünnermann, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp, Prof. Dr. Walter Rosenthal, Dr. Michael Mertin, Wolfgang Tiefensee und Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer (Source: Fraunhofer IOF)

“The opening the High Performance Center of Photonics underlines the outstanding cooperation of Fraunhofer, local industry, the university and other research institutes located in Jena”, said Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, president of the Fraunhofer Society. “At the heart of its mission Fraunhofer aims to support the sustainable growth of research clusters – with Jena’s focus on optics – increasing their international impact and visibility and to push the competitiveness of the German economy”, Neugebauer explained.

Besides Wolfgang Tiefensee, the Thuringian Minister of Economics and Science, Dr. Michael Mertin, CEO of Jenoptik AG, Prof. Dr. Walter Rosenthal, President of the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, and Dr. Andreas Tünnermann, Director of the Fraunhofer IOF, addressed the guests. The following panel discussion was led by Prof. Dr. Oliver Mauroner, University of Applied Sciences Mainz. Together with Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp, Director of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, the speakers discussed challenges and new concepts of cooperation between industry and science.

“Today, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering is an important partner for the German economy and guarantees an efficient transfer of knowledge into the optical industry, which is often dominated by small- to medium-sized enterprises”, said Tünnermann. “The implementation of the High Performance Center is equally fundament and incentive, to keep improving these cooperations”.

Wolfgang Tiefensee underlined that the High Performance Center of Photonics is evidence for the exceptional position of Jena in photonics research and the best example of a win-win-situation for industry and science: “The decision of the Fraunhofer Society enables photonics research in Jena to be pushed to a whole new level. This helps elevate Jena’s Beutenberg to the pinnacle of the German research landscape.”

The Center addresses the challenge to develop innovative solutions with light for important cutting-edge fields and supports their application in science, industry and society. It combines applied research and development with fundamental science ranging from the creation and manipulation of light to its application.

In cooperation with various partners in industry, the scientists will develop solutions for information and communication technology, production, automotive, aerospace, health and ecology. Partners in industry will contribute a total of 10 million euros, the state of Thuringia 8 million and the Fraunhofer Society 2,4 million.

“In future, only science regions with integrated development concepts, driven and sustainably implemented by players from science, industry and politics, will be successful”, Prof. Dr. Walter Rosenthal explained. “It’s impossible to ignore Jena, when it comes to the field of photonic technologies and it is our common goal to prove this strength within the new excellence initiative.”

In collaboration, the partners develop a binding and consistent roadmap for research and education, the promotion of young researchers, infrastructure, innovation and knowledge transfer and contribute to a sustainable development. (Source: Fh. IOF)

Links: Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF, Jena, Germany • High Performance Center for Photonics, Jena, Germany

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