Light workshop opens in Jena

University invites scientists, industrialists and the general public to take part in the open innovation process

In its "Open Photonics Makerspace" the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU) is providing a state-of-the-art photonics laboratory and technology where new ideas can be tested and applications can be developed, such as new LED light sources. The Fraunhofer IOF and the University of Mainz are also involved in the collaborative light workshop project. In addition to the industry partners, the project is open to other interested companies. The researchers are also offering "Open Photonics Lectures" aimed at providing the necessary methodological tools and implementation techniques for the construction of prototypes.

However, it is not only in research laboratories that creative ideas and innovations see the light of day. Which is why the new light workshop at the University of Jena is hoping to unleash synergies between research and industry, but also to stimulate a dialogue with the general public. Prof. Dr. Thomas Pertsch's team in the Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP) at the FSU is looking to explore new avenues as part of the "Photonics Research Germany" funding programme.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is providing roughly EUR 1.1 million of funding for the joint project over the next three years.