The invention of the laser in the middle of the twentieth century was a quantum leap: light could now be tailored to specific needs, working very precisely and without physical contact. The advancement and acknowledgement of outstanding development and scientific work on the application or generation of laser light is one of the objectives of the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung.

The Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis has been called for internationally since 2000. It was complemented in 2006 with the Berthold Leibinger Zukunftspreis for research. Both prizes are presented every two years at the award ceremony, an established event and meeting place of the large laser community of researchers and users with representatives of industry, politics, and society.

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The Awards: Description and Basic Facts

The Innovationspreis

honors scientists and developers, who make advancements in the field of laser technology. Since 2000, the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung has awarded this prize every two years for excellent research and development work on the application or generation of laser light.

Among all applications and recommendations, the jury nominates the best and most deserving work in the field. The jury is made up of respected experts from science and industry. The finalists are invited by the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung to a jury meeting to present their work in person.

The Zukunftspreis

recognizes outstanding milestones in research, in this case, concerning the application or generation of laser light. Since 2006, it has been awarded every two years together with the Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis.

There is no application process for the Berthold Leibinger Zukunftspreis. Candidates can be nominated by former members of the jury, previous prize winners, scientific societies and groups, as well as professional associations from around the world that focus on lasers or photonics.

Prize Money

Innovationspreis: First Prize: 50,000 € / Second Prize: 30,000 € / Third Prize: 20,000 €

Zukunftspreis: 50,000 €

Submission Deadline

The Award Ceremony

takes place every other year, on the third Friday of September. Next will be on September 18, 2020, in Ditzingen, Germany.


The independant members of the jury are responsible for the selection of the prize winners of both the Berthol Leibinger Innovationspreis as well as the Berthold Leibinger Zukunftspreis.

Dr. Hermann Gerlinger

Former Member of the Executive Board of Carl Zeiss Group, President and CEO of Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH

Qihuang Gong

Department of Physics, Peking University

Prof. Dr. Stefan W. Hell

Director, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry

Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of acatech, National Academy of Science and Engineering

Prof. Dr. H. Jeffrey Kimble

California Institute of Technology, Norman Bridge Laboratory of Physics

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Marquardt

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Forschungszentrum Jülich

Dr. Carsten M. Philipp

Director of the Centre for Laser Medicine, Evangelische Elisabeth-Klinik, Berlin

Prof. Dr. Katarina Svanberg

Medical Laser Centre, Lund University

Prof. Dr. Otmar D. Wiestler

President, Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres

Prof. Dr. Michael Zäh

Technical University Munich, Institute for Machine Tools and Industrial Management

Listing of the former members of the jury



Dipl.-Phys. Sven Ederer

Tel: +49 7156 303-35202


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Brochure 2018