DFG Priority Program - Active Micro-optics
Tracing Nature's Vision
to the Priority Program "Active Micro-optics" funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Here, you will find information on our research objectives, the individual research projects, links to our researchers' publications and the various activities of the program in general.
Final Meeting "Hands-on Presentations", March 5, 2015
The final meeting of our priority program Active Micro-optics will reveal the fruits of six years of excellent research. Our researchers will present their system designs in overview talks followed by the presentation of hardware. As these new optical systems and demonstrators comprise a number of individual competences, posters will complete the table presentations.
It is our definite goal to sustain our research efforts beyond the scope of the program, which is why we invite project partners and industrial R&D to join us on March 5.
Shakehands with Industry, July 9-10, 2014, University of Freiburg
Before entering a new life phase, the program's graduate students were given the opportunity to meet represantatives of various comapnies' R&D departments. In this final graduate workshop, they could present their work and shake hands with people who know about the transfer from academic to industrial research.
We were happy to welcome representatives of SICK Ltd. (D), Testo (D), Endress + Hauser (CH), Micronas and Z-Laser.
Annual Meeting 2013 in cooperation with the Optical Microsystems Network, Jena, September 18-10, 2013 at TU Ilmenau
In order to combine their efforts in microsystems engineering, two major German research clusters were joining forces.
We were particularly pleased to welcome Professor Dr. Hugo Thienpont from Vrije Universiteit Bruxelles who gave a keynote lecture on "Bringing micro-optics from academia to industry" thus sketching the new strategy of international research in micro-optics.
Apart from papers and hardware exhibits, the meeting focused on discussing the future of micro-optics research. Central element of the gathering was an open space debate to develop new strategies for the cooperation between research and industry.
Panel Discussion, April 17, 2013, The Future of Academic Publishing
Academic publishing is shifting from printed paper to purely electronic forms, such that Open Access is taking on a new and overriding significance. Although many academics support Open Access, many questions remain: Should impact factor have become a measure for scientific quality? Does "publish or perish" define our careers? How may scientific fraud be uncovered before it is published? And, not least, who should pay for our publications? Publishers, universities and funders all feel the pressure, and all feel exploited. The complexity of this debate was discussed by Professor Schiewer, Rector of Freiburg University, Angelika Lex, Vice President Academic Relations of Elsevier (Amsterdam) Dr. Johannes Fournier, Scientific Library Services and Information Systems Division at the German Research Foundation Bonn) and Karl Ziemelis, Chief Physical Sciences Editor, Nature (London). Host of the evening was Ralf Krauter, Science Reporter from Deutschlandfunk Radio.