New Interview

In his dissertation, Dr. Daniel Werdehausen investigates the properties of optical nanomaterials and their use for the further development of real optical systems. For this, he received the 2022 Jury Prize for Scientific Excellence, Post-Graduate.


Presentation of Applied Photonics Award 2022

On October 5, the Fraunhofer IOF Young researcher award was presented for five outstanding final theses as part of the "Photonics Days Jena 2022".


Interviews with
the new winners

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

About the "Applied Photonics Award"
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. This prize has been created for young scientists to honor particularly original and innovative theses dealing with the topics of applied photonics.

The Applied Photonics Award 2023 is open to all bachelor’s, master’s and diploma theses as well as dissertations (German/English) that were written in 2022 and 2023 at a German university or college, are considered to have passed 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.

You can find more detailed information about the application process (required documents, application deadline, etc.) here.   


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



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 2023


This year's Applied Photonics Award is again being presented with the kind support of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) as well as the companies Active Fiber Systems, JENOPTIK, TRUMPF, and Huawei Technologies.


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.