The ZEISS Research Award was conferred for the first time in 2016. It carries on the idea of the Carl Zeiss Research Award that used to be presented by the Ernst Abbe Fund within the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany.
From 1990 until 2013, the Carl Zeiss Research Award, which was worth EUR 25,000, was conferred upon many renowned research scientists in the field of optics. It has identified groundbreaking research findings by scientists, some of whom went on to win the Nobel Prize.
The ZEISS Research Award is now managed, presented and fully sponsored by ZEISS. The award will honor outstanding achievements in international research.
A prize money of EUR 40,000 has been allocated to the award.
From 2016 onwards, the Ernst Abbe Fund will present the Carl Zeiss Award for Young Researchers which will honor the work of excellent, emerging young scientists in the fields of optics and photonics.
After the topical workshops of the ZEISS Symposium, the winners will receive the awards in an official ceremony. The symposium participants are invited to attend this event and the subsequent networking dinner.