The Abbe Center of Photonics is strongly engaged in alumni work. The center is one of eight winners in 2013's contest within an initiative on Research Alumni Strategies, supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. As a particular highlight within this project, ACP and the Friedrich Schiller University invited to its first international "Photonics and Physics Alumni Workshop". This workshop took take place on November 26, 2014 at the Abbe-Zentrum Beutenberg.

Research alumni are international scientists and scholars who have spent time working or teaching in Germany as doctoral candidates, post-doctoral researchers or at more advanced career stages. They are ideal multipliers who can inform junior researchers in their specialist networks about the opportunities and potential for future career options in Germany or abroad. At the workshop, we were proud to welcome a distinct number of highly distinguished research alumni of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy and from the Abbe School of Photonics who shared their perspectives on science and industry with us. The workshop - organized by the ACP and supported by the central alumni initiative of the university JenAlumni - aimed at all current and former students, doctoral candidates and scientists in the fields of optics, photonics and physics as well as the interested public.

One of the main goals was to show the diversity and challenges of different career paths and options after completing one's studies and doctoral studies. Moreover, at the workshop three ACP scientists were distinguished with dedicated awards.

Impressions from the ACP Photonics and Physics Alumni Workshop on November 26, 2014 in Jena.

>> review on the workshop including the speakers' slides
>> link to the press release in German

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