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Carl Zeiss Research Award winners
Since 1990 this award honors scientists for outstanding achievements in international optical research.


Research and innovativeness

As the pioneer of science in optics, Carl Zeiss continues to push the limits of man's imagination. With our passion for excellence, we create value for our customers and inspire the world to see things in new ways.
Since its foundation, the company has been shaped by outstanding researchers and innovators. Founders Carl Zeiss and Ernst Abbe, together with Otto Schott, established the modern optical industry thereby enabling fundamental discoveries in medicine and science. The company still continues this tradition today.
Approximately 10 percent of the global workforce is employed in research and development. Highly-qualified physicists, scientists and engineers with specialist knowledge in optics and precision engineering develop new products and innovations. This allows Carl Zeiss to open up new business sectors.

Technical ladder

Innovation and Research & Development (R&D) require highly-qualified specialists. Carl Zeiss has established the technical ladder for these employees. It offers these specialist employees individual development and advancement possibilities. The emphasis is on expanding and actively applying their particular area of expertise.

Carl Zeiss internal innovation awards

Internal Innovation Awards

The innovation awards which have been taking place annually since 2003 are not aimed solely at R&D employees. The company honors the most innovative employees across six categories. Winners are selected by a jury of high-ranking external experts.

Carl Zeiss Research Award

Carl Zeiss Research Award

Carl Zeiss supports the optical research which is extremely important for the company – by creating the Ernst Abbe Fund in collaboration with Schott, for example. It honors top achievements alternatively in optics and glass research.