2020 and 2022 Award Winners
GERMAN FUTURE PRIZE

The Federal President's Award for Innovation and Technology


ZEISS microscope developers Ralf Wolleschensky, Dr. Jörg Siebenmorgen and Dr. Thomas Kalkbrenner (from left) win the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2022 for the development of the ZEISS Lattice Lightsheet 7. © Deutscher Zukunftspreis / Ansgar Pudenz © Deutscher Zukunftspreis / Ansgar Pudenz
ZEISS microscope developers Ralf Wolleschensky, Dr. Jörg Siebenmorgen and Dr. Thomas Kalkbrenner (from left) win the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2022 for the development of the ZEISS Lattice Lightsheet 7.

ZEISS microscope developers win

Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2022

The development of the ZEISS Lattice Lightsheet 7 for the gentle 3D imaging of living cells was honored with the Federal President's Award for Technology and Innovation

The President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, awarded the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2022, The Federal President's Award for Technology and Innovation, to the team from ZEISS during a festive ceremony. The jury recognized the ZEISS experts Dr. Thomas Kalkbrenner, Dr. Jörg Siebenmorgen, and Ralf Wolleschensky for their significant contribution in the development of the microscope system ZEISS Lattice Lightsheet 7. It enables, for the first time, biomedical researchers to observe living cells live and in 3D for hours or even days.


Dr. Jochen Peter Member of the executive board of the ZEISS Group

We're delighted to have received the Prize and are very proud of the team behind the extraordinary development of the ZEISS Lattice Lightsheet 7. At the same time, the prize is a welcome confirmation of our company's innovative strength – this effectively promoting economic and social progress in equal measure.

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German Future Prize 2020

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The ZEISS team awarded the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2020 for the development of EUV lithography (from the left): German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Dr. Peter Kürz, ZEISS SMT segment, Dr. Sergiy Yulin, from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (IOF) and Dr. Michael Kösters, TRUMPF Lasersystems for Semiconductor Manufacturing. photo: Deutscher Zukunftspreis/Bildschön.

Team of Developers from ZEISS, TRUMPF and Fraunhofer Wins

Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2020

The German Federal President's Award for Technology and Innovation honors the team from the ZEISS Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (SMT) segment for the development of EUV lithography.

The President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, awarded the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2020 to the team from the ZEISS Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (SMT) segment during a festive ceremony. The jury honored Dr. Peter Kürz, ZEISS, Dr. Michael Kösters, TRUMPF Lasersystems for Semiconductor Manufacturing, and Dr. Sergiy Yulin, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineers (IOF) in Jena, for their significant contribution to the development and industrial maturity of EUV technology.


Twice the Innovative Strength

Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2020: Two ZEISS Teams Make Shortlist

The Deutscher Zukunftspreis – the Federal President's Award for Innovation in Science and Technology – has been presented annually since 1997 and is one of the highest accolades for scientific achievement in Germany. It honors exceptional achievements in technology, engineering and the life sciences that have resulted in viable products. ZEISS is the first-ever company to have two teams nominated for the award.

The accolade was presented in Berlin on 25 November 2020 by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Das Team der Carl Zeiss Meditec ist mit dem robotischen Visualisierungssystem ZEISS KINEVO 900 nominiert.
Für die Entwicklung der EUV-Lithographie wurde das Team der ZEISS Sparte Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (SMT) in den Kreis der Besten aufgenommen.

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KINEVO 900 and EUV – fascinating innovations

ZEISS Team KINEVO

Team KINEVO

ZEISS experts Dr.-Ing. Michelangelo Masini and Frank Seitzinger represent the ZEISS team and, together with Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Raabe from the Swiss Inselspital (University Hospital of Bern). Their project: The ZEISS KINEVO® 900 robotic visualization system.

ZEISS Team EUV-Lithographie

Team EUV-Lithographie

The circle of the best - the three projects for the final round of the German President's Award for Technology and Innovation - includes a team of experts from TRUMPF, ZEISS and Fraunhofer IOF: With their project "EUV Lithography".

Innovation Shapes the Future

Optical technologies are vital when it comes to making progress in fields including the life sciences, medicine, IT, telecommunications, automotive, consumer and many others. 

Innovation is a way of life at ZEISS. You might say it is in the company's genes. As a part of the corporate strategy, it is always placed within the context of society as a whole, and it forms the basis for further growth at the ZEISS Group. That's why ZEISS is investing 13 percent of its revenue in research and development work.