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 for Life: The main focus of our work is optical solutions to problems in the fields of medicine and the life and environmental sciences. The research focus biophotonics combines all research programs at IPHT. It offers photonic process solutions that are designed together with the fiber optics and photonic detection research focuses specifically for system solutions.
In close cooperation with partners in medicine and the life and environmental sciences, biophotonics identifies and addresses unanswered questions in fundamental research. Our research findings make the discovery of new methods and approaches possible and simultaneously open up possibilities for applications in photonic technologies. Although it does not carry out actual biological or medical research itself, IPHT contributes significantly to the advancement of these socio-politically relevant fields due to its method and operational research.