European laser innovation award is open for submissions

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Aachen, Germany - The Innovation Award Laser Technology is a European research and technology prize of 10,000 Euro awarded at 2-year intervals jointly by the associations Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e.V. and the European Laser Institute (ELI) in recognition of outstanding innovative work in the field of laser technology.

The call for proposals is open, and the closing date for applications is January 17, 2014. The official presentation of the award will take place in Aachen´s town hall on May 7, 2014, at the International Laser Technology Congress AKL'14. (Read a brief recap of the 2012 Congress.)

The Innovation Award addresses laser manufacturers, laser users, and researchers, who have successfully conceived and implemented an innovative idea relating to laser technology, following the project through from application-oriented research to ultimate industrial application. The closed scientific and technological projects in question must center on the use of laser light in materials processing and the methods of producing such light, and must furthermore be in their practical implementation of demonstrable commercial value to industry.

The award will be conferred on an individual researcher or on an entire project group. Eligible applicants are only those working in industry or at universities or independent research centers established in Europe. The range of possible fields extends from the development of new laser beam sources and systems for use in laser materials processing  to the qualification of innovative laser manufacturing processes for use in an industrial production environment. (See the results of the 2012 awards.)

The three best applicants will be awarded with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes. The prize winner will receive the sum of 10,000 euros and be awarded the title of 'AKL fellow' and 'ELI fellow' at a presentation that will take place at the International Laser Technology Congress AKL'14.

A shortlist of the best candidates will be compiled by an international jury consisting of 10 members recruited from industry and the research community. The prize winner as well as the second and third place winners are selected on the basis of the published assessment criteria. Any legal recourse is explicitly barred.

Application documents and further information can be found at: www.innovation-award-laser.org 

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