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.
Research at IPHT is carried out in seven research departments and four research groups. The research department heads are generally appointed professors with the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena or are habilitated adjunct professors.