The ZEISS Promotion Fund

ZEISS provided more than 1.7 million euros in funding for nearly 110 projects in research and education at its German sites in the 2021/22 fiscal year.

24 February 2022 · 4 min read
ZEISS supports Green School in Jena
Jan-Peter Kasper/FSU

Students of a 5th grade class of the Wenigenjena Community School during their experiments in the "Green School" in the Botanical Garden of the University of Jena. In previous years, the technology group ZEISS provided more than 30,000 euros from the ZEISS Promotion Fund for the project.

Commitment to education and research

Social engagement at the ZEISS Group aims to promote educational measures, science projects and institutions. The focus is on Germany, however, international projects can also be funded. In addition, selected social and cultural initiatives and institutions are supported at company locations.

In order to fulfill these obligations, the ZEISS Promotion Fund was established in 2011. Since the establishment, more than 1,300 projects in education and science as well as regional projects have been supported with almost 10 million euros.

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ZEISS Site Fund

The ZEISS Promotion Fund

The ZEISS Promotion Fund, in which ZEISS bundles and structures its support activities in Germany, is divided into the two pillars ZEISS Site Fund and ZEISS Education and Science Fund.

The ZEISS Site Fund was established on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the reunification of the company in East and West in 2011. The aim was to support regional projects at the main sites of Oberkochen/Aalen and Jena. Today, the Site Fund also supports the locations in Göttingen, Wetzlar, Berlin, Braunschweig, Dresden and Munich.

The focus of the projects and initiatives supported by the ZEISS Site Fund is on offerings for children and young people that strengthen STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) across the board. Projects in the areas of culture, social affairs and popular sports are also supported.

In 2012, the ZEISS Promotion Fund was expanded to include the ZEISS Education and Science Fund, whose funding activities are not only site-based but also transregional. The ZEISS Education and Science Fund focuses on initiatives to promote the education of young people, primarily pupils before choosing a course of study and students before starting their careers, and their scientific expertise, as well as projects and initiatives at universities and research institutes. The focus is on the natural sciences and engineering, particularly optics and photonics.

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