Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Participating Institutions

Institutions participating in SAOT

The key activities of the Principal Investigators (PIs) represent the broad range of research areas in which optical technologies are developed and applied. By the principal investigators a collaboration is established between 5 different departments of the Faculty of Engineering (CBI, EEI, ME, MSE and CS), 5 different institutes and clinics of the Faculty of Medicine  and the University Hospital Erlangen (IMP, LA2, LFA, MED1 and MKG) and the Institute of Optics, Information and Photonics (IOIP) of the Faculty of Sciences which is linked to the newly founded Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) by the personal union of the MPL directors acting simultaneously as Chair professors at the IOIP of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU).

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Medicine

Non-university institutions:

Some of the external partners are providing additional support by scholarships, through internships for the graduates or by the direct involvement of leading scientists as instructors. Directly involved as part of the Graduate School is the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) and the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) on Optics and Imaging at the FAU. This will be a unique feature of SAOT in Germany.
Due to the application orientated education and research program of the SAOT, cooperation between the Graduate School and non-university institutions forms one of the main tools for the success of the activities. The training and research within all modules of the main topics will result in close contact with several institutes and industrial partners in the field, e.g., with the Fraunhofer Institute of Integrated Systems and Device Technology (IISB) and the Bavarian Laser Centre (BLZ).


SAOT provides an interdisciplinary research and education program of excellence within a broad international network of distinguished experts to promote innovation and leadership in the areas

Optical Metrology
Optical Material Processing
Optics in Medicine
Optics in Communication and Information Technology
Optical Materials and Systems
and Computational Optics.