Nominations open for laser innovation prize

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Developers and researchers who work in the field of laser technology can now apply or be proposed for the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis 2010. The international prize of the private foundation Berthold Leibinger Stiftung is granted every other year for innovations pertaining to the application or generation of laser light. The prize money has been increased this year to €30,000, €20,000, and €10,000 for the first, second and third prizes respectively. The award ceremony will take place on 9 July 2010, 50 years after the invention of the laser.

Eligible to apply or be nominated are individuals and project groups worldwide whose main development efforts and market potential lies in the application or generating of laser light. The application deadline is 1 December 2009. Nominees will be invited by the foundation to make a presentation of their work during the jury session in April next spring.

'The capacity for innovation is the key to the future. The issues that arise around the world can be solved only by continual progress in science and technology,' notes Professor Berthold Leibinger, the founder of Berthold Leibinger Stiftung. With the innovation and research prizes the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung foundation promotes laser technology research and development, and showcases the results to the public. Since 2000, the foundation has been awarding the innovation prize and a research prize every other year.