Published: 1 July 2016, 13:07 | By: Christian Helgert
Finally, more than seven years after the initial proposal to build an interdisziplinary photonics research building at the Beutenberg campus in Jena at the German Council of Science and Humanities ('Wissenschaftsrat'), the new Abbe Center of Photonics building will be inaugurated within a big public inauguration ceremony on July 5, 2016. The ceremony will be hosted and opened by the president of the Friedrich Schiller University, Prof. Walther Rosenthal. As guests of honor, we are looking forward to welcome the Minister of State, Mr. Bodo Ramelow, and the Thuringian Minister of Economy, Science and Digital Society, Mr. Wolfgang Tiefensee. Many more guests from politics, science and industry as well as representatives of the University and of the different institutes of the Beutenberg campus have been personally invited.
The new building, constructed by the architect's office HENN, and efficiently under construction since the end of 2013, with all its highly complex research infrastructure, is finished and already in use by ACP's scientists since April 2016. The Abbe Center of Photonics is now hosting more than 90 scientists from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. It offers 2,600 m² space for functionalized optical, biological and chemical labs, seminar rooms, offices and an auditorium. In particular, the new research site gives a strategic and integrative platform for interdisciplinary exchange within the main ACP research areas by hosting laboratories for joint research performed by ACP's principal scientists, and training and creativity areas which are unique at least at the Beutenberg campus. Furthermore, the new building may allow for the enhanced integration of ACP's photonics training programs into its research, making it accessible for graduate students. The building was being funded by the State of Thuringia and the German federal government with more than 26 million Euro.
download of the invitation to the inauguration ceremony