News & Events

New open position - student assistant

At the earliest possible date, we are looking for a student assistant with focus on transfer, innovation and science management (6-12 hours per week).

Your tasks include among other things:

  • content management of the innoFSPEC website (maintenance of the team and publication list, news, technical agreements with web designers and hosts)
  • planning and organisation of workshops (e.g: acquisition of speakers, handling of contracts with locations and hotels, planning of team activities, participant management, event evaluation as well as presentation of the results)
  • support with project applications
  • office organisation

Please see our offer here: Open positions 

We welcome your application by 5 December.

innoFSPEC presenting @EPIC World Photonics Technology Summit, 2019

Martin Roth was invited to give a talk on August 29, 2019, at the annual summit of EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium) in Berlin. With his presentation entitled "Astrophotonics - A New Star on the Horizon of Photonic Sensors“, Martin Roth presented recent research results and implications for the application of new photonic technologies.

EPIC is the foremost industry association that promotes the sustainable development of organisations working in the field of photonics in Europe.

EPIC2019 mmr

photo: EPIC report and video,


Moving on to industry

innoFSPEC fellow Dr. Roland Hass continues his successful career by switching to BASF in Schwarzheide, Southern Brandenburg. Beginning of August 2019, our former head of the research group „Applied Analytical Photonics“ took over the position as team leader of the centre for process analytical technology at BASF. Due to the strong overlap with innoFSPEC research and transfer activities, we are planning to cooperate closely in the respective fields.

Congratulations, Roland, on this career step and all the best for the future!

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photo: Ute Sommer, WFBB

Three million euro for new methodology in personalised medicine

The Center for Molecular Bioengineering (B CUBE) of TU Dresden and innoFSPEC Potsdam, both are parts of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) centers for innovation competence (ZIK) initiative, will receive BMBF funding of approximately three million euros for the project „Optical Cell Diagnosis and Manipulation” (OptiZeD). Innovative methods for personalised medicine will be developed with the help of a novel, miniaturized multiparameter biosensor system.

See full press release here.


Vision of the MetaZIKs OptiZeD for the development of an integral multiparameter biosensor system (MBS) © Yixin Zhang

innoFSPEC as a leading Astrophotonics Institute

The Astro2020 Decadal Survey White Paper quotes innoFSPEC as a leading Astrophotonics Institute.

The Astro2020 Decadal Survey is an extensive strategy process in the U.S.A., whose goal is to identify research priorities in Astrophysics over the next 10 years, with an important impact on government funding of major research infrastructure such as ground based observatories and space missions. The process has begun with an open call for ideas that was implemented through the collection of so-called White Papers on a variety of topics, with a deadline on July 10, 2019.

A White Paper by Gatkine et al. on the subject or Astrophotonics was made publicly available, closing with a recommendation to create a distributed, multidisciplinary Institute of Astrophotonics in the U.S.A.

innoFSPEC in Germany and CUDOS in Australia are mentioned as successful models for such an endeavour. The White Paper, co-authored by a number of prominent researchers from NASA and elsewhere, including Nobel laureate John Mather, is an encouraging confirmation of the mission and research strategy of innoFPEC Potsdam.

Decadal Survey

© The Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics (Astro2020)