New winner interview

What Timo Eckstein's master thesis has to do with the exciting future concept of replacing electronics with photonics, you can read in the new interview. 


New year, new ideas

In 2020 we will continue to present the Applied Photonics Award to smart young people and their theses. So get ready, because from April 1, 2020 we will be accepting your applications again.



Interviews with
Award Winners

Learn more about the previous winners and their topics for which they have been awarded the Applied Photonics Award.

What is the "Applied Photonics Award" about?
How can I apply?

The Applied Photonics Award emerged from the Green Photonics Junior Award – now with a new look and new content alignment. It is awarded by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena. For over 25 years, the institute has been conducting application-oriented research in the field of photonics and developing innovative optical systems to control light. As key technologies, optics and photonics contribute to solving the challenges facing mankind today. To honor particularly original and innovative theses dealing with the topics of applied photonics, this prize for young scientists was created.

The Applied Photonics Award 2020 is open to all bachelor’s, master’s and diploma theses as well as dissertations (German/English) that were written in 2019 at a German university or college and are particularly relevant in the field of applied photonics. Applicants can come from a wide range of disciplines – from mathematics or chemistry to applied optics and physics right up to materials science or biosciences.

More detailed information about the application (documents, application deadline) you will find here.   


In addition to prize money, all winners have the opportunity to exhibit their final thesis to a broad specialist audience by a poster presentation.



The Jury

The junior prize Applied Photonics Award is intended to honor work that deals with innovative and economically viable optical technologies for sustainable living and business. For this reason, the jury consists of actors from industry and science.

The Sponsors 2020


The presentation of the Applied Photonics Award is kindly supported by the Association of German Engineers (VDI) as well as the companies Trumpf, Jenoptik, and Active Fiber Systems.


The Organizer

The junior prize Applied Photonics Award is awarded by the Fraunhofer Society (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V.) and its Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF.