Edmund Optics launches European award for research in optics

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Edmund Optics, a provider of optical components, has created the Edmund Optics European Research and Innovation Award to support research and innovation in the field of optics and imaging at universities and non-profit research institutions located in Europe.

The company encourages students, PhD candidates, lab managers, teaching assistants and lecturers working on research programmes that both utilise and develop optical technology to apply for its award.

Edmund Optics intends to sponsor relevant research projects with product donations of a value of €5,000, €3,000 and €2,000. In addition, the company will invite the three winners to Vision 2011, a trade show for the imaging and vision industry held in Stuttgart, Germany in November 2011.

Applications will be reviewed internally by Edmund Optics experts and selected according to technical merit and innovative application of optics in the respective research projects, with a particular emphasis on the life quality improvement aspect of the presented projects. The winners will be announced during October 2011.

The project is part of a worldwide Edmund Optics $60,000 higher education grant programme in support of research in the field of optics.

'Optic technology helps us to respond to the challenges we are currently facing in biotech, energy efficiency, security and communications,' said Dr Thomas Kessler, Edmund Optics executive vice-president of global sales. 'The Edmund Optics European Research and Innovation Award intends to recognise scientists and institutions, to highlight their work, and to actively contribute to the development of their projects.'

Entrants can apply via the Edmund Optics website. The closing date for entries is 30 June 2011.

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