Published: 14 November 2019, 09:48 | By: Christian Helgert
Following up a visit of the Thuringian Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow in the Netherlands in September 2018, the Abbe School of Photonics of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU) and the Technical University of Delft have conducted a workshop to set up a joint training program for excellent junior researchers. The workshop was guided by the industrial partners Carl Zeiss AG and the Dutch ASML BV, took place at ASML's headquarter in Eindhoven and included a visit of the ASML experience center (see picture). ASML is an innovation leader in the semiconductor industry providing chipmakers with everything they need to mass produce patterns on silicon through lithography. Major parts of the high-tech optical equiment in ASML's product chain is provided by ZEISS. Further, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering from Jena and the Dutch Organization for Applied Sciences (TNO) were participating in the workshop as partners of this consortium.
On the one hand, a cooperative Master's degree program in photonics in the field of modern imaging and quantum technologies is currently being prepared, complementing the curricula of both universities in this field and clearly addressing the needs of the industry for qualified staff in this field. The first students may already start their binational photonics studies, one year in Jena and one year in Delft, at the beginning of the forthcoming winter semester 2020/21. On the other hand, the two universities are establishing a binational graduate program, which also leads the doctoral candidates to both research locations.