EOS Early Career Awards for Young Photonics Entrepreneur and Young Women in Photonics

The European Optical Society announce a new edition of the EOS Early Career Awards for Young Photonics Entrepreneur and Young Women in Photonics. The se awards are a legacy of the LIGHT2015 project.

The EOS wish to honour young photonics experts for their contributions to the field with two awards:

Early Career Entrepreneur in Photonics Award to honour an individual who has made outstanding technical and/ or innovative contributions to the photonics industry

Early Career Women in Photonics Award to honour a young female scientist who has made outstanding contributions to photonics

Both awards consist of a diploma and an honorarium of €2500.The awards will be presented at the European Optical Society Bi-Annual Meeting (EOSAM) in Berlin, Germany, which will be held 26-30 September, 2016.

Eligibility:

  • Early Career Entrepreneur in Photonics Award

Any entrepreneur, born in 1979 or after, active in the field of photonics may apply for the award.

  • Early Career Women in Photonics Award

Any woman, born in 1979 or after, active in the field of photonics may apply for the award.

How to apply:                                                                       

Candidates should send the completed application form, one letter of support (by a supervisor or mentor), a short (2 page) biography/CV, a list of publications, a description of the contribution (not exceeding 2 pages of A4, 12 point text), making clear the nature of innovation impact to industry/contribution to photonics to Ms. Elina Koistinen (koistinen@myeos.org).

Deadline for Applications: 15 July 2016

About LIGHT2015 Awards

The LIGHT2015 project originated these awards to honour young women and entrepreneurs in  the field of photonics during the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015). The Young Women in Photonics Awards to honour young female scientists who has made outstanding contributions to photonics was awarded to Na Liu (Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems) in the Fundamental category and Nathalie Vermeulen (Photonics Team (B-PHOT), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)) in the Applied/Engineering category. The winner of the Young Photonics Entrepreneur Award was Garret D. Cole (Crystalline Mirror Solutions LLC& GmbH). The awards were presented during the World of Photonics Congress in Munich, Germany, on Wednesday 24 June.

For more information, please visit the LIGHT2015 Awards webpage.

About The European Optical Society

The purpose of the European Optical Society (EOS) is to contribute to progress in optics and related sciences, and to promote their applications at the European and international levels, by bringing together individuals and legal entities involved in these disciplines and their applications.

The EOS serves as the joint forum for all individuals, companies, organizations, educational institutions, and learned and professional societies, who recognise the opportunity and challenge that a common European base provides for the development of optics in its broadest sense.

About LIGHT2015

LIGHT2015 is a European project funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme of the European Commission. It aims to promote the importance of photonics to young people, entrepreneurs and the general public in all Member States of the EU during the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015).

LIGHT2015 activities will include LIGHTtalks, a series of inspirational events, which will take place throughout the European Union in different cities at different times for the whole duration of the project in order to bring photonics closer to students and entrepreneurs. A specific series of events targeted to local industry and entrepreneurs, will take place during the period 25-28 September 2015 to take advantage of the international “100 Hours / Weekend of Light” of the global IYL 2015 programme.

Another highlight of LIGHT2015 will be a community experiment on smartphone photonics where thousands of participants from throughout the EU will carry out optical measurements of the sky to yield information related to air pollution. To aid teachers and to inspire student, Photonics kits will be distributed to schools around Europe to support the scientific education at secondary schools.

LIGHT2015 Partners include the European Physical Society (EPS), the European Optical Society (EU), the Institute of Photonics Sciences (ICFO), Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI), Universiteit Leiden and EYESTvzw.

Contacts

Elina Koistinen
LIGHT2015 Coordinator at EOS
koistinen@myeos.org

David Lee
LIGHT2015 Coordinator
d.lee@eps.org

Jorge Rivero González
LIGHT2015 Project Manager
jorge.rivero@eps.org