The award ceremony of the Applied Photonics Award took place on September 22, 2020. Here you can find out which thesis topics were honored and who can call the award in the new design and the prize money now their own:


Attend the awarding

The winners will be announced with their final theses at the award ceremony during the digital Photonics Days on September 22, 2020. Further information about the career and networking event and free participation can be found at



Interviews with
the new winner

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 2021 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.

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 2020


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


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.