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Photonics21 innovation prize is open to student applicants

09 February 2010

SPIE Photonics Europe

CARDIFF, Wales, UK, and BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- Student innovators have until 19 February to apply for the 2010 Photonics21 Student Innovation Award. The winning project will receive a certificate and a cash prize of €5,000, to be presented at an awards ceremony on 12 April during the opening ceremony at SPIE Photonics Europe in Brussels.

As one of the sponsors of the Photonics21 Student Innovation Award, SPIE Europe is providing free registration to Photonics Europe as part of the prize package. The Thales Group and ACCORD also are sponsoring the award. 

The award was established by the Research, Education and Training Work Group of the Photonics21 Technology Platform for students in the field of photonics in order to promote research in photonics especially related to R&D with industrial impact.

Any person under 35 and active in the field of optics and photonics may apply for the Photonics21 Student Innovation Award. Further information and application forms are available online, or via email from the award secretariat.

SPIE Photonics Europe will draw leading researchers and developers from academia and industry for a programme of 19 conferences, networking events, professional development workshops, and an exhibition. Special forums include three "Hot Topics in Photonics" sessions, and a plenary session and other activities celebrating of the 50th anniversary of the laser.

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 188,000 constituents from 138 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific, and supports scholarships, grants, and other education programs around the world.

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