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Research and Education

Education and Science

Jenoptik accompanies young people throughout their educational process and supports them in their interdisciplinary work, international exchanges, and social competence. Skills involving creativity and teamwork, and an awareness of values, are all at least as important as a solid technical education when it comes to one’s career.

Important partners are:

  • „Jugend forscht“ competition for young researchers
  • Friedrich Schiller University, Jena
  • Ernst Abbe University, Jena


"Jugend forscht" competition for young researchers

Jenoptik is a long-term supporter of the “Jugend forscht” competition for young researchers.

Our commitment as long-term reliable partners in the region is especially apparent in the “Jugend forscht” competition for young researchers between the ages of 15 and 21. Right after the company’s founding in 1991, Jenoptik took on the sponsorship of the competition in the company’s home state of Thuringia. To this was added a competition „Schüler experimentieren“ for 10 to 14-year-olds in 2012. Both competitions focus on the natural sciences, technology, and mathematics, with over 100 students taking part in 2013. B 09.

Each year, Jenoptik awards special prizes for ideas with entrepreneurial potential. It is our goal to support young people with particular talents in their scientific curiosity, to nurture new ideas in areas of particular importance to Jenoptik, and thus to raise interest in becoming active within the company in the future.

Cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University Jena

With the support of the FSU, Jenoptik is strengthening an important connection in the Jena network. Jenoptik supports the FSU not just financially, but also offers expert assistance in the form of lectures and workshops.

There is particularly close contact with the faculty of physics and astronomy at the FSU Jena. A PhD grant, which since January 1, 2006 lasts for a period of two years, is the most important element of the cooperation. Alexander Szameit’s research investigates aspects of modern optics and opto-electronics. Jenoptik also supports the public Saturday lectures on physics and astronomical subjects.

Cooperation with the Ernst Abbe University Jena

Workshop "BEGEGNUNGEN Kultur - Technik - Wirtschaft"

Jenoptik supports the Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Art and culture can be inspiring even to students of the sciences. At the workshop “BEGEGNUNGEN Kultur Technik Wirtschaft” students at Jena’s Ernst Abbe University grapple with a Jenoptik cultural project once each semester, and in doing so expand their horizons and come into direct contact with our employees active in the creative side of the company.

The unusual feature of the workshop series is the combining of art and culture with technical and economic issues. This is effected with the aid of a range of sponsorship projects in the field of art and culture – a welcome piggyback effect.


Jenoptik supports children's book TECNANJA

The second volume of the "Federsammler" children's book series was released in summer 2015. The student authors visited Jena companies, including Jenoptik, and combined their impressions to create an adventure story. 

More information under witelo, Federsammler und Klangbildverlag.