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Proposals for AKL'16 laser award open

18 Aug 2015

Biennial event offering prestige and €10,000 prize for industrial applications of lasers.

Proposals for the “Innovation Award Laser Technology” are now open, with the eventual winner set to receive a €10,000 prize at next year’s Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik (AKL) International Laser Technology Congress taking place in Aachen, Germany.

The award is made every two years by the AKL and European Laser Institute (ELI) associations, and sets out to recognize outstandingly innovative work in the field of laser technology. The closing date for entries is January 15, 2016.

Previous winners include teams from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), printing specialists Schepers GmbH, and the laser start-up Edgewave, for innovations in solar cell production, 3D-microstructuring for embossing, and ultrafast lasers for industrial applications respectively.

Individual researchers and entire project groups from industry and academic institutions based in Europe can enter the competition. Typical projects considered for the award include the development of new laser beam sources and systems for laser materials processing, and the qualification of innovative laser manufacturing processes for use in an industrial production environment.

An international jury of ten people recruited from the industrial and research communities will shortlist the best candidates, before the three finalists and a winner are revealed at the event next year. The official presentation of the award will take place in the Aachen town hall on April 27, 2016, as part of the International Laser Technology Congress AKL’16.

As well as €10,000, the winner will be awarded the titles “AKL fellow” and “ELI fellow”. For full details and entry criteria, visit the Innovation Award Laser Technology web page here.

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