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LAUNCH OF THE MAX PLANCK SCHOOL OF PHOTONICS


With the launch triggered by a signing ceremony on December 12, 2018 in Berlin, the first three prestigious Max Planck Schools, which were implemented by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as national networks of excellence, were given birth. Among them, the Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP), coordinated by the Abbe School of Photonics in Jena, will focus the key strengths of the German photonics community and will support highly skilled young researchers on a world class level. The MPSP connects existing national and international graduate programs, such as the International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS), the DFG Graduate Schools, the PIER Helmholtz Graduate Schools as well as the graduate school of the federal Excel-lence Initiative. The consortium aims to connect all major and innovative communities within Photonics to an interdisciplinary cluster. The Max Planck School of Photonics is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with a sum of EUR 15 million and by the Fraunhofer Society and the Max Planck Society with an additional support of EUR 4 million, respectively.

The Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP) is now coordinated from Jena, which on the one hand underlines the current position of the R&D location in Germany and at the same time shapes its future role: "This has created a national network of excellence in education and research in the field of photonics," said Prof. Andreas Tünnermann in Berlin. Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer Society, added: "With the bundling of our competencies and the interaction of basic and application-oriented research at the Max Planck School of Photonics, we are making a joint contribution to sustainably strengthening and expanding photonics research in Germany. This will also benefits other technology sectors and industries such as information technology, industrial production and aerospace, whose progress depends on developments in photonics."

In Germany, the total production of the photonics industry recently amounted to around 31 billion euros, making it one of the world's leading locations for photonics research. With the Max Planck School of Photonics, this position is to be further expanded. Not only the excellent study opportunities in Germany are attractive for the applicants, but also the solid financing that allows them to concentrate entirely on their education. The first application call was already closed on December 15, 2018 - a second call is expected to start in January, so that the first students can begin their studies in September 2019.

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Signing ceremony for the launch of the first three Max Planck Schools in Berlin. © MPG/ D. Ausserhofer


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