Commitment to education and science

ZEISS uses numerous educational programs to foster up-and-coming young scientists – from preschool children right up to PhD students. In this way, ZEISS takes the responsibilities set forth in its Foundation seriously, while it shares educational content in a comprehensible way and brings people and science closer. Some examples of this are its involvement in schools and its microscope donations to various educational initiatives.

Science exhibition for Brazilian community

In fiscal year 2015/16, ZEISS in Brazil held workshops run by ZEISS experts on microscopy for children and young people as part of the “Amplify! Science and Art for All” exhibition in Rio de Janeiro’s Bonucesso district. The exhibition is run jointly with the organization ArtBio, which presents scientific content in an artistic way and makes it accessible to a large audience.

Kids’ Day of Microscopy at the site in Jena, Germany

From 15 to 18 November 2016, ZEISS ran a Kids’ Day of Microscopy. School students from in and around Jena, Germany, were invited to attend a biology class where they embarked on a journey through the world of microscopy and learned all about how to use ZEISS microscopes. In 2016, 17 groups from seven schools signed up for the class at the site. The girls and boys from 7th grade work using high-quality ZEISS stereo and laboratory microscopes and are supported by microscope experts from ZEISS. Learning how to use ZEISS microscopes is expected to open the door to research and arouse the students’ enthusiasm for nature and technology.

Education and research at the University of Cambridge

In 2016, ZEISS in Great Britain donated a ZEISS microscope to the University of Cambridge; it is now used at the National Museum of Kenya in Nairobi for educational and research purposes.

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USA: Microscopy business group pledges commitment

Once every quarter, the Microscopy business group at the site in Thornwood, New York, holds a drawing for a ZEISS microscope, which is donated to the high school or the college of an employee’s child. This is done to commemorate the death of a ZEISS service employee from the Microscopy business group at the Thornwood site, who, at the time of his passing in 2004, had worked at the company for 15 years.

In fiscal year 2015/16, ZEISS also made a donation to the Mount Pleasant Central School District at the Thornwood site and provided the WHS-PTA Scholarship Fund with three ZEISS microscopes.

In fiscal year 2015/16, ZEISS supported the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair in New York with a cash donation. The Westchester Science & Engineering Fair (WESEF) is a local science fair with a connection to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. It encourages networking among scientists from the districts of Westchester and Putnam in New York state.

In fiscal year 2015/16, ZEISS donated a ZEISS incident light demo kit to Bright Star School in Culver City, California, and a ZEISS research microscope to Fordham University in New York City.

In fiscal year 2015/16, ZEISS provided the Teachers Camp with a ZEISS stereo microscope. The Teachers Camp is an event run by the ASM Educational Foundation.

Talent promotion in metrology training

In the interests of promoting young talent in metrology training, the Industrial Metrology business group at the site in China is focused on different Chinese universities, such as the Zhangjiakou training school. There, ZEISS in China is supporting metrology courses with offers for practical exercises. The business group also offers internships and thesis placements for students at Shanghai University, hires out ZEISS coordinate measuring machines at no charge to the labs, and offers a scholarship.

Donation to the Canada Science and Technology Museum

In fiscal year 2015/16, ZEISS in Canada donated a ZEISS stereo microscope and a digital camera to the new Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa. The museum was established in 1967 as a government initiative to present Canada’s technological and scientific history in a coherent manner and illustrate the connections between science, technology and Canadian society.

Mobile optometry hospital for high school students in Canada

In fiscal year 2015/16, ZEISS created a mobile hospital to offer eye measurements to high school students in collaboration with the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry and Vision Science. The event was held at the C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute in North York, Ontario. ZEISS devices were deployed to examine more than 200 high school students.

Training facilities for ECPs in Austria

ZEISS is equipping training facilities for ECPs in Austria with several ZEISS diagnostic devices. The aim is to invest in training for budding ECPs and optometrists as part of the 10-year program. ZEISS also offers regular contact to students, teachers and managers.

Microscopes go to Amathembi school in Cape Town

In fiscal year 2014/15, ZEISS in South Africa donated a ZEISS dissecting microscope to the students of the Amathembi school in Cape Town. The Amathembi school belongs to Home of Hope, a South African organization that campaigns on behalf of underprivileged kids.

Promotion of the German language, literature and culture among children

For more than 10 years now, ZEISS has been donating funds to the German School in White Plains, New York. The aim is to promote the German language, literature and culture among kids between the ages of 4 and 18.