ZEISS actively promotes voluntary work
The initiative intended to promote STEM to young people - A Heart for Science – honored
- Over 300 ZEISS employees worldwide are getting involved with A Heart for Science
- Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier commended this initiative at the Bürgerfest (Citizens’ festival) in Berlin, Germany.
A Heart for Science (AH4S) only exists because of ZEISS employees' willingness to get involved and give of their free time: Their objective is to awaken enthusiasm for nature and technology among young people. And who could do that better than the people who are already pushing the boundaries of what is technically feasible at ZEISS today? The volunteers pass on their knowledge to the explorers of tomorrow. Since the initiative was launched a year ago, the number of committed employees has grown steadily with more than 300 employees at over 40 sites worldwide now involved in over 30 projects.
Honoring voluntary work
Last weekend, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier recognized this type of voluntary work at the Bürgerfest (Citizens’ festival) held in the grounds of Schloss Bellevue, Berlin, Germany. Projects, organizations and companies presenting their voluntary work were the focus of the event. ZEISS was also on site with a stand. Visitors were able to learn more about individual AH4S projects and talk with volunteers at the open day at Schloss Bellevue.
What is it that motivates ZEISS employees to get involved in the A Heart for Science initiative in their free time?
"AH4S offers me the opportunity to show young people that learning is fun and to inspire them to experience STEM with curiosity and imagination." Catherine Anthony, ZEISS Digital Partners, Munich, Germany
"Enthusiasm for nature and technology cannot be encouraged early enough. It is also the driving force behind our innovations at ZEISS." Janett Zacher, ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions, Jena (Germany)
"Committing to the education of young people is a sustainable investment in the future of our society." Holger Sahlmann, ZEISS Semiconductor Manufacturing Technologies, Oberkochen (Germany).
ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. In the previous fiscal year, the ZEISS Group generated annual revenue totaling 8.8 billion euros in its four segments Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology and Consumer Markets (status: 30 September 2022).
For its customers, ZEISS develops, produces and distributes highly innovative solutions for industrial metrology and quality assurance, microscopy solutions for the life sciences and materials research, and medical technology solutions for diagnostics and treatment in ophthalmology and microsurgery. The name ZEISS is also synonymous with the world's leading lithography optics, which are used by the chip industry to manufacture semiconductor components. There is global demand for trendsetting ZEISS brand products such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses and binoculars.
With a portfolio aligned with future growth areas like digitalization, healthcare and Smart Production and a strong brand, ZEISS is shaping the future of technology and constantly advancing the world of optics and related fields with its solutions. The company's significant, sustainable investments in research and development lay the foundation for the success and continued expansion of ZEISS' technology and market leadership. ZEISS invests 13 percent of its revenue in research and development – this high level of expenditure has a long tradition at ZEISS and is also an investment in the future.
With over 40,000 employees, ZEISS is active globally in almost 50 countries with around 30 production sites, 60 sales and service companies and 27 research and development facilities (status: 31 March 2023). Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. The Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the largest foundations in Germany committed to the promotion of science, is the sole owner of the holding company, Carl Zeiss AG.
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