Berthold Leibinger Stiftung GmbH

Promotion of State-of-the-Art Laser Technology with International Innovation Prize

Ditzingen, Germany (ots) - The private foundation Berthold Leibinger Stiftung holds its Innovation Prize competition for applied laser technology once again. The topics in 2002 will be laser medicine and production technology. The invention of the laser 40 years ago initiated a development that has produced remarkable results in every sphere of daily life: today compact data storage media such as CDs and DVDs, eyesight correction and restoration as well as careful patient treatment in medical technology and manufacturing of such "drivers of modern society" as microprocessors and vehicles would be unthinkable without the laser. One of today's most important key technologies, the once in public largely ignored laser has left the physicists' laboratories and is now an integral part of almost all sectors of technology and modern life. The Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis recognizes this fascinating technology and promotes it. From the year 2000 onward, the prize is awarded on a two-yearly basis to scientists and developers for outstanding and innovative research work in applied laser physics. The prestigious jury is made up of experts and leading personalities both in industry and science from the USA, Japan and Germany. It includes the inventor of the laser, Nobel Laureate Charles H. Townes. The jury selects three prizewinners after personal presentations of the work nominated. The prizes will be distributed in October 2002 at the special prizegiving ceremony. The prize money amounts to 35,000 Euros. The competition is open to individuals as much as to project groups. Work submitted can take the form of dissertations, habilitations, patent specifications or other recognized scientific publications in any language. The closing date for applications is March 31, 2002. The non-profit, private Berthold Leibinger Stiftung was founded in 1992 by the Managing Partner and President of the TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG in Germany, Prof. Dr.-Ing. E.H. Berthold Leibinger. Its objectives include the furtherment of science and research, and it is also highly committed in the social and cultural spheres. ots Originaltext: Berthold Leibinger Stiftung GmbH Internet: Contact: Berthold Leibinger Stiftung GmbH Dipl.-Phys. Sven Ederer Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis Johann-Maus-Str. 2 D-71254 Ditzingen Tel. +49/71563031559 E-Mail: Internet:

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