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Representatives from the Friedrich-Schiller-Unviersität Jena, particularly from the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy and from the Abbe Center of Photonics, have celebrated the retirement of Prof. Falk Lederer after a distinguished career in teaching, student advising and research on 27 September 2013.

The primary research interests of Falk Lederer were devoted to the intrinsic localization of light in nonlinear media, to ultrafast all-optical processes, to discrete optics and to the control of light in engineered photonic materials. His group is well acknowledged in the scientific community for several seminal papers on novel nonlinear localized structures and discrete optical effects. He authored and co-authored more than 400 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and currently has a h-factor of 53. Beside his strong commitment in the education and training of students and young-career scientists, one of Falk Lederer's biggest achievements was to take part in the acquisition of the first Collaborative Research Center (SFB), on "Physics and Chemistry of Optical Films" from the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the Neue Länder in 1993. He was the initiator and contributed essentially to the DFG Innovation Center "Optical Information Processing". He provided essential input to the establishment and to the work in the DFG research unit "Nonlinear spatio-temporal dynamics in dissipative and discrete optical systems". He was a member of the DFG Priority Programs "Optical Signal Processing", "Optical Transmission Networks" and "Photonic Crystals". Furthermore, Falk Lederer has been and is still active in collaborative BMBF funded programs in conjunction with industry. On the European scale, Falk Lederer was the coordinator of the 1st FET Open project ROSA on ultrafast optical signal processing. Until recently, he has been the spokesman of the Priority Research Area Optics & Photonics at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, was and is a member of the board of directors of the Abbe Center of Photonics and served as spokesman of the Abbe School of Photonics until July 2013.

Graduate students and colleagues from the Abbe Center of Photonics gratefully acknowledge that Prof. Lederer will partly remain in official service, providing an open ear and a helping hand to their needs and demands.

Impressions of Falk Lederer's retirement celebration on 27 september 2013.
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