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OPEN PHOTONICS INNOVATION - ACP'S LICHTWERKSTATT


Supported by the Open Photonics initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), scientists from ACP, the Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Optics and Precision Mechanics Jena, and the University of Applied Sciences Mainz have teamed up for exploring completely new ideas in innovation processes in photonics. Open innovation processes are already established in different branches and sectors as a complementary asset to regular top-down business policies, but there is no comparable approach in photonics so far. At ACP, this challenge will now be taken on by the so-called "Lichtwerkstatt". This three-year-project, funded by the BMBF with EUR 1.1 Mio,  is supposed to generate new forms of collaborations between companies, universities and students in order to involve a broad variety of people in innovation processes of photonics. For example, ACP will build up and host the first and only photonics makerspace in Germany. In addition to employees of the companies and scientists, especially students of the Master's degree programs of physics, photonics, IT sciences and media management are invited to be the main innovative drivers of this process.

>> more details at ACP's Lichtwerkstatt website

>> link to the press release issued by the Friedrich Schiller University Jena

>> contact: Dr. Reinhard Geiss

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