Proposals for the 2016 Innovation Award Laser Technology are now open

Aug. 19, 2015
The European research and technology prize of 10,000 euros is awarded every two years to recognize innovative work in laser technology.

The Innovation Award Laser Technology is now accepting proposals for the European research and technology prize of 10,000 euros, awarded every two years to recognize outstandingly innovative work in the field of laser technology. The prize is joinly awarded by the Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e.V. and the European Laser Institute ELI. Closing date for applications is January 15, 2016.

Application instructions and information for online-submission can be downloaded at The official presentation of the award will take place in Aachen´s town hall on April 27, 2016, during the International Laser Technology Congress AKL´16 ( ).

About the prize:

The Innovation Award addresses laser manufacturers, laser users, and researchers who have successfully conceived and implemented an innovative idea relating to laser technology, following the project through from application-oriented research to ultimate industrial application. The closed 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 be of demonstrable commercial value to industry.

The award can be conferred on an individual researcher or on an entire project group. Applicants must be working in industry or at universities or independent research centers established in Europe. 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.

The best three applicants will be awarded with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes. The prize-winner will receive 10,000 euros, and the title of AKL Fellow and ELI Fellow.

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