The LIGHT2015 Awards for Young Photonics Entrepreneur and Young Women in Photonics

The European Optical Society, within the LIGHT2015 project, wish to honour young photonics experts for their contributions to the field with two awards:

The LIGHT2015 Young Photonics Entrepreneur Award to honour an individual who has made outstanding technical and/ or innovative contributions to the photonics industry

The LIGHT2015 Young Women in Photonics Award to honour a young female scientist who has made outstanding contributions to photonics

The technical and innovative contributions from entrepreneurs, as well as the contributions from female scientists are celebrated during the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015. The awards are launched to highlight the significance of photonics in industry and the contributions of women to this diverse field of science. Both awards consist of a diploma and an honorarium of €2500.

The awards will be presented at the World of Photonics Congress in Munich, Germany, which will be held on 21 - 25 June, 2015. In addition, a special LIGHT2015 networking event will take place at the congress, bringing together students and the communities of science and industry.


  • LIGHT2015 Young Photonics Entrepreneur Award

Any entrepreneur under 37 years old, at the moment of the presentation of the award, active in the field of photonics may apply for the award.

  • LIGHT2015 Young Women in Photonics Award

Any woman under 37 years old, at the moment of the presentation of the award, active in the field of photonics may apply for the award.

How to apply

Candidates should send the completed application form, up to 2 letters 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, (

Deadline for Applications: 15 April 2015

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.


Elina Koistinen
LIGHT2015 Coordinator at EOS

David Lee
LIGHT2015 Coordinator

Jorge Rivero González
LIGHT2015 Project Manager