Applications being accepted for laser innovation award

May 6, 2009
With the Innovation Award Laser Technology 2010 the Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e.V. and the European Laser Institute ELI will reward outstanding innovation in laser development and applications for production technology

With the Innovation Award Laser Technology 2010 the Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e.V. and the European Laser Institute ELI will reward outstanding innovation in laser development and applications for production technology on 5th May 2010 within the International Laser Technology Congress AKL´10 (5th -7th May 2010 in Aachen). The prize money amounts to 10,000 Euro. Interested persons are invited to apply until 15th January 2010. Application documents and more information: .

The success of laser technology can be mainly attributed to qualified and committed engineers and natural scientists who on the one hand have systematically pushed ahead applied research and development and on the other hand have turned innovative ideas in marketable products and processes. In this framework the associations Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e.V. and the European Laser Institute ELI have initiated the Innovation Award Laser Technology. This European research prize will be awarded at 2-yearly intervals. The award can be conferred on an individual researcher or on an entire project group, whose exceptional skills and dedicated work have led to an outstanding innovation in the field of laser technology. The scientific and technological projects in question must center on the use of laser light in materials processing and the methods of producing such light, and must furthermore be of demonstrable commercial value to industry.

Technological fields of interest
It takes a great deal of experience and specialized knowledge, not to mention considerable dedication on the part of the authors, to successfully carry a technical development project through from the research stage to industrial or commercial maturity. The aim of the Innovation Award Laser Technology is to focus a spotlight on the interface between applied scientific research and industrial practice.

The range of possible fields extends from the development of new laser beam sources and systems for use in laser materials processing to the qualification of innovative laser manufacturing processes for use in an industrial production environment. In keeping with the original purpose of the award, applications are especially invited from individuals working in European industry or at European universities or independent research centers who have successfully conceived and implemented an innovative idea relating to laser technology, following the project through from early stage laboratory research to ultimate industrial application.

Prize money and fellowship title
The prizewinner will receive the sum of 10,000 Euros in recognition of his work, and be furthermore awarded the title of »AKL Fellow« and »ELI Fellow«. The official presentation of the award will take place at the International Laser Technology Congress AKL´10 ( ) on May 5, 2010 in Aachen´s town hall.

A shortlist of the best candidates will be compiled by an international jury consisting of 10 members that are recruited from industry and the research community.

Assessment criteria
The jury's decision is based principally on the following criteria:
- Proven commercial benefit
- Innovative quality of the resulting laser beam source, laser manufacturing process
or laser system
- Scientific / technological quality of the underlying research
- Creative approach to technology demonstrated by the designated individual or
project group
- Importance of the contribution of the applicant's work to the overall innovative

Submission of application documents
The full set of application documents must be sent by e-mail to the following address:
[email protected]

Queries concerning applications should be addressed to:
Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik: Dipl.-Phys. Axel Bauer, General Secretary AKL e.V.
European Laser Institute: Dr. Stefan Kaierle, President ELI

Closing date for applications:
The full set of application documents must be received by January 15, 2010
at the latest. Any and all legal recourse is explicitly barred.

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