Call goes out for Leibinger award candidates

DITZINGEN, GERMANY-Applications and proposals are now being accepted for the 2008 Berthold Leibinger Innovationpreis.

DITZINGEN, GERMANY-Applications and proposals are now being accepted for the 2008 Berthold Leibinger Innovationpreis. The international award is intended to recognize innovations that involve the use or generation of laser light. Individuals and project teams who have completed publicly accessible outstanding scientific research or a technical development project in applied laser technology are eligible to participate. The prize of just over $47,000 dollars is awarded every two years by the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung, a private foundation. The 2008 prize application deadline is November 30, 2007.

Candidates for the prize will be invited by the Foundation to make a presentation regarding their work during the jury session in Germany early next year. Innovations that have garnered the prize in the past include new sources of laser light such as disk and fiber lasers, laser scalpels for lung cancer surgery, and a new microscopy procedure for cell research.

Initiated in 2000, the Innovation Prize of the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung has been presented every two years and is intended to promote laser technology research and development. “The capacity for innovation is the key to the future. The issues that arise around the world can be solved only by continual progress in science and technology,” noted the foundation’s founder Berthold Leibinger, the man whose vision is the driving force behind the prize.

For further information regarding the 2008 Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis visit www.leibinger-stiftung.de. An application form is also available for download.

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