Photonics is a strongly growing sector of the economy and a major research area in Europe. In Thuringia and in particular in Jena, the scientific and industrial location is shaped by universities, research institutes and companies in the field of optics and photonics. While the number of young, well-trained female graduates is high, women who hold a leading position in academia and high-tech industry are still underrepresented.
Photonics, the key light-based technology of the 21st century, is at the center of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology’s (Leibniz-IPHT) research activities. In line with its motto "Photonics for Life", the scientists at Leibniz-IPHT are investigating photonic and biophotonic processes and systems to address issues in the fields of medicine and the life and environmental sciences.
The insights gained from research are converted into application-oriented procedures, instrumental concepts, and laboratory samples at Leibniz-IPHT. With this orientation, the institute contributes to the solution of pressing issues in our society, such as in health, energy, and the environment.
IPHT is involved in research and development at the interface of three focal points in research: fiber optics, photonic detection, and biophotonics. Biophotonics serves as the link to all research activities at the institute. Together with the two research areas fiber optics and photonic detection, new photonic processes are being developed and transferred into innovative application-oriented systems.
Leibniz-IPHT possesses the know-how and an outstanding technological basis in the areas of system technology, fiber technology, photonic detection, and micro/nanotechnology. Together with outstanding technical equipment and infrastructure, Leibniz-IPHT possesses a state-of-the-art, closed technology chain. In addition to the constant expansion of Leibniz-IPHT’s technological potential, the research aims at reaching new levels in photonic and biophotonic solutions with regard to resolution, sensitivity, specificity, speed, and automation.
The institute was founded in 1992 and has been performing top, world-renowned research ever since. On January 1, 2014, Leibniz-IPHT became a member of the Leibniz Association, jointly supported by the Free State of Thuringia and the federal government. Leibniz-IPHT earns more than half of its annual budget through the successful acquisition of third-party funds, including the European Union, the German Research Foundation (DFG), the federal government, and the Free State of Thuringia.
Due to its close connection to research and teaching, as well as its integration into effective networks, the institute has strong partners from science and industry at the regional, national, and international level.
IPHT employs 330 people.