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ELI, the European Laser Institute provides a strong platform bringing together the competence and knowledge on optical technologies.

Combining industry and research institutions ELI appears as a unified voice influencing R&D policy.

ELI aims to enhance the internationally leading position of European industry and research in the field of laser technology and photonics.


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May 2 - 4, 2018


Save the Date! AKL´18

The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology presents the 12th International Laser Congress.

From novices to experienced users: The „AKL - International Laser Technology Congress“ offers insights into the latest developments in the area of laser technology. With more than 600 international participants, over 70 speakers from research and industry and the accompanying Sponsors´ exhibition the AKL has established itself as the leading forum for applied laser technology in Europe.

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September 03 - 06, 2018


LANE 2018 - 10th International Conference on Photonic Technologies

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June 1st, 2016


Prize Winner of the Innovation Award Laser Technology 2016

The Innovation Award Laser Technology 2016, initiated by the associations
Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e.V. and the European Laser Institute ELI and provided with
10 000 € prize money, has been conferred to Dr. Ir. Armand Pruijmboom, General
Manager of Philips GmbH Photonics Aachen on 27th April 2016 in Aachen´s town hall.
Dr. Ir. Armand Pruijmboom and his team have got the first place in the open prize
competition with the innovation VCSEL arrays: A novel high-power laser technology
for “digital thermal processing". The jury composed by ten international experts has
selected 3 outstanding finalists among the 15 submitted applications.

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December 2013


Press Release ELI

The European Laser Institute ELI has elected board chairman Dr. Paul Hilton

The annual members’ meeting of the European Laser Institute ELI took place on May 14, 2013 in Munich at the LASER World of Photonics. Dr. Paul Hilton was elected chairman of the ELI Executive Board.

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June 2013


Press Release Innovation Award 2014

Open call for applications for the Innovation Award Laser Technology 2014 – closing date January 17, 2014 

The Innovation Award Laser Technology is a European research prize provided with 10.000 Euro prize money and awarded at 2-yearly intervals jointly by the associations Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik e.V. and the European Laser Institute ELI in recognition of outstandingly innovative work in the field of laser technology. The call for proposals is open. Closing date for applications is January 17,2014. Application forms can be downloaded at The official presentation of the award will take place in Aachen´s town hall on May 7, 2014 at the International Laser Technology Congress AKL´14 (

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April 2012


Press Release Light: Science & Applications

Light: Science & Applications (LSA), a new online open access journal, has just been launched with the publication of its first articles. The journal is co-published by Nature Publishing Group (NPG) and the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CIOMP), Chinese Academy of Sciences. LSA covers fundamental research as well as issues in the applied sciences that are related to optics and photonics. The journal is live at

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April 2006


ELI is co-publisher of the LIA "Journal of Laser Applications"

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