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ZEISS at the Digital Summit 2023

Optics themed tour, ZEISS stand and presentations at the Market of Digital Opportunities

15 November 2023

Jena, Germany | 15 November | ZEISS Group

At the Digital Summit held by the Federal Government in Jena, Germany on 20 and 21 November 2023, around 1,000 representatives from politics, business, science and society exchanged views on the latest developments in digitalization. Digital Transformation at a decisive moment (Zeitenwende) is central to this year's digital summit.

For the first time, the city of Jena is offering a free supporting program open to the public to accompany the main summit program. More than 50 companies, scientific institutions and initiatives will be presenting the digital solutions of the future at the Market of Digital Opportunities from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on 20 and 21 November 2023. ZEISS already has a presence here.

During the themed tour "No digitalization without optics", interested parties can visit SCHOTT, ZEISS and Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF. The ZEISS station takes you to the construction site of the new ZEISS high-tech site in Jena, the largest investment commitment in Thuringia so far this decade. Over the next few years, a smart, networked building will be created there that will interact, learn and adapt with its users: this includes modern building control, logistics, factory, workplace and mobility concepts. Sensors and energy monitoring, intelligent elevators and artificial intelligence are used here. The station draws attention to ZEISS smart digital technologies with a positive impact on sustainability.

ZEISS will also be presenting a robotic visualization system for the operating room that facilitates precise positioning through robotics controlled by surgeons for example. Participants on the themed tour can also take a look at the microscope system for the sensitive 3D imaging of living cells, which was awarded the German Future Prize in 2022. The augmented reality optics from tooz, a ZEISS venture, will be made available to the manufacturers of data glasses. With the smart lens, virtual information can be displayed directly in the wearer's field of view, while the original job of everyday glasses i.e. correcting the visual defect is retained.

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ZEISS presents at the stand the world's leading lithography optics used in the manufacture of microchips in the semiconductor industry.

The heartbeat of digitalization and cyber security

At the ZEISS stand on the Ernst Abbe Campus, the company will be demonstrating the technologies it is using to drive digitalization and thus enable technological progress. ZEISS presents the world's leading lithography optics used in the manufacture of microchips in the semiconductor industry. Ever smaller, more powerful and more energy-efficient microchips are speeding up the pace of digitalization. At the stand, interested visitors can find out more about the heartbeat of digitalization at ZEISS, take a look at an EUV mirror and immerse themselves in virtual worlds. In addition, a live demo at the stand will show the extent to which machine learning is incorporated in production at ZEISS.

Nadine Cunäus, Head of Human Resources at Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH, will be on the panel to discuss "Inspiration, skills and dream jobs: what's wrong with career guidance and how can we change this?". It will take place at 2 p.m. on 20 November 2023 at the Ernst Abbe Campus in lecture hall 5. Oliver Ortlieb, Head of Information Security at Carl Zeiss AG, will be giving a talk on a powerful cyber security organization as a key factor for resilient digital transformation on 20 November 2023 from 6 p.m. at the Ernst Abbe Campus in lecture hall 1 and will show how an innovative company can position itself to protect information and, at the same time, help shape a resilient digital transformation.

You can find the program for the Market of Digital Opportunities at

About the Digital Summit

The Digital Summit is the Federal Government's flagship event on digital transformation. Players from politics, business, research and society work on solutions for current digital policy issues in eight thematic platforms throughout the year - from the data economy to the digitalization of the world of work and consumer protection. The results will be presented by the platform chairs at the Digital Summit. The event is organized by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. For more information on the event and the livestream, please see

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Corporate Brand, Communications and Public Affairs


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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