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DoKDoK has grown up. After 2011 and 2012 it's now the 3rd edition of the "doctoral student's conference for the discussion of optical concepts" to take place. The reinvigorated organizing team could build on the experience of their predecessors to further improve the quality of the conference. Comparing the evolution of DoKDoK to the human one, DoKDoK left behind childhood and juvenility and has matured to an institution of its own. This evolution is particularly evidenced by the acquired reputation, reflected in this year's record sum of extramural funding from industrial partners as well as national and even international participants. Furthermore, DoKDoK is completed by an autumn school for the first time. Most notably, three keynote speakers, who fairly well cover DoKDoK's broad topical spectrum on optical concepts, have accepted the invitation to speak at DoKDoK: ACP scientist Thomas Stöhlker (also affiliated with the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung Darmstadt), ACP scientist Markus Schmidt and Markus Pollnau from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

Nevertheless, DoKDoK's leitmotifs have still remained the same: scientific exchange and networking. While social networks like facebook offer numerous possibilities for noncommittal online chats, there was no platform for topical discussions of specific and interdisciplinary themes for Jena's young career researchers in optics before 2011. DoKDoK has now filled this void and during its 3rd edition, 51 authors will present their most current research results in 37 talks and 16 posters from 6th until 10th of October 2013. DoKDoK is a conference for doctoral candidates organized by doctoral candidates that thrives on open research questions and establishes sustainable connections for the future.

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The Abbe School of Photonics supports DoKDoK and hosts the Autumn School. Further, finanical support by industrial partners is gratefully acknowledged.

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