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Important Awards of the KSOP Members

  • Christoph Stiller became speaker of the DFG focus program „Kooperativ agierende Automobile“, 2015
  • Martin Bastmeyer received the Advanced Researcher Scholarship of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS), 2015
  • Martin Wegener was awarded the Thomas Reuters Award as „Highly Cited Researcher“, 2014
  • Christian Koos was awarded the Baden-Württemberg State Prize for Applied Research by the Federal Ministry of Baden-Württemberg, 2014
  • Teh publication Nature Commun. 5, 3055 (2014) of the group of Martin Wegener was elected for the OPN (top 10 publications worldwide of the year), 2014
  • Carsten Rockstuhl was awarded the APS Outstanding Referee Award, 2014
  • Martin Wegener won the SPIE PRISM AWARD for Nanoscribe GmbH, 2014
  • Manfred Kappes was awarded the Xingda Lectureship of the Peking University (China), 2014
  • Martin Wegener was awarded the Professor honoris causa (h.c.) by the Huazhong University of Science & Technology (HUST), Wuhan (China), 2014
  • Christian Koos has been a member in the managing board of the „Deutschen Gesellschaft für angewandte Optik“ (DGaO), 2013-2014
  • Wolfram Pernice was elected for the Junge Akademie of the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina, 2013
  • Carsten Rockstuhl: Offer for a professorship for Theoretical Physics at the University Linz, 2014 (declined)
  • Christoph Stiller, President of IEEE Intelligent Transportation Sys. Society, 2012-2013
  • Christian Koos became speaker of the „Helmholtz International Research School in Teratronics“, 2012
  • Junior research group leaders accepted external offers for professorships: Martina Gerken, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, 2008; Georg von Freymann, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, 2010; Stefan Linden, Universität Bonn, 2010; Nicolas Stenger, Dänische Technische Universität, Assistant Professor, 2012; Christiane Becker, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin 2013, Isabelle Staude, Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, Juniorprofessur, 2015; Wolfram Pernice, Westfälische-Wilhelms Universität Münster, 2015
  • Alexander Colsmann leads the BMBF Young Researchers Group „Tandem-Architekturen für effi-ziente Organische Solarzellen“, 2012
  • Christian Koos: Offer for a professorship in Optoelectronics and leadership of the Center for Semiconductor Technology and Optoelectronics at the University Duisburg-Essen, 2012 (declined)
  • Olaf Dössel was annonced fellow of the International Academy for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2012
  • Cristian Koos recieved the Alfried Krupp sponsorship award for junior researchers, 2012
  • ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant 2011 for Christian Koos
  • Martin Wegener (2009), Manfred Kappes (2010), and Jürg Leuthold (2011) became Hector Fellows
  • Manfred Kappes was awarded the Van´t Hoff Prize of the German Bunsen Society of Physical Chemistry, 2009
  • Landesforschungspreis Baden-Württemberg 2008 for Jürg Leuthold
  • DFG Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Award 2007 to Stefan Linden for research on photonic metamaterials
  • Kurt Busch and Martin Wegener received the Carl Zeiss Award 2006 for their cooperative work on photonic crystals and photonic metamaterials
  • Manfred Kappes (2011) and Martin Wegener (2006) became Members of Leopoldina, the Germany Academy of Sciences
  • Claus Feldman became member of the curatorship of the journal "Angewandte Chemie, 2010
  • Manfred Kappes was appointed Chairman of ERC Advanced Grants Panel PE4-A for the period 2008 - 2013
  • Stefan Bräse (Organic Molecular Chemistry) and Ulrich Nienhaus (Biophysics) were elected Members of the Reviewers Collegiate of the German Science Foundation (DFG) for the period 2008 - 2012
  • In 2008 Martin Wegener and Jürg Leuthold became Fellows of the Optical Society of America
  • Manfred Kappes (2008) and Jürg Leuthold (2010) became Members of the Heidelberg Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Jürg Leuthold 2007 – 2011: Chair of ‘Photonics and Electro-optics Division’ of the Optical Society of America (OSA)
  • Martin Wegener, Adjunct Professor at Optical Sciences Center, Tucson (U.S.A.), 2009
  • The start-up company Nanoscribe GmbH has been founded in 2007 out of Martin Wegener’s group: Nanoscribe produces compact and easy-to-operate table-top laser lithography systems, allowing for the fabrication of true three-dimensional nanostructures based on two photon polymerization in commercially available photoresists. Martin Hermatschweiler, Georg v. Freymann, Michael Thiel and Martin Wegener have been awarded the Otto-Haxel Award 2007 for the successful technology transfer.
  • The foundation of the start-up company Fibergy out of J. Leuthold’s group is anticipated for 2012: Fibergy aims at commercializing optically powered galvanically isolated motion sensors for wind-power-plant blades.
  • The start-up company VISOLAS GmbH has been founded out of U. Lemmer’s and T. Mappes’ groups in spring 2011: VISOLAS aims at commercializing organic semiconductor lasers for biophotonic applications. In June 2011, VISOLAS obtained the prestigeous Cyberone Hightech Award for the best research commercialization of 2011.
  • Jürg Leuthold: Offer for a professorship at RWTH Aachen, 2010 (declined); Claus Feldmann: Offer for a professorship at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 2011 (declined)
  • Kurt Busch: Offer for a professorship at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in conjunction with a group-leader position at Max Born-Institute in Berlin, 2011
  • Martin Wegener: Offer to become President of Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Braunschweig and Berlin, 2010 (declined)
  • KSOP Junior Research Group Leaders have accepted professorial positions elsewhere: Georg von Freymann, University of Kaiserslautern, 2010; Stefan Linden, University of Bonn, 2010; Martina Gerken, University of Kiel, 2008
  • KSOP scientists have applied for 91 patents within 2006 – 2015.
  • Martin Wegener, Program Co-chair, CLEO: Fundamental Science (formerly QELS), Baltimore (U.S.A.), May 1-6, 2011
  • Uli Lemmer, Conference Program Chair, Optical Society of America (OSA), Topical Meeting ‘Solid State and Organic Lighting’, Karlsruhe (Germany), 2010 and Austin (USA), 2011
  • Jürg Leuthold, General Conference Chair, Optical Society of America (OSA) Optics Congress, Karlsruhe (Germany), June 21-24, 2010
  • Martin Wegener, General Conference Co-chair, Optical Society of America (OSA) Topical Meeting ‘Plasmonics and Metamaterials’, Tucson (U.S.A.), June 7-9, 2010
  • In 2007 the Ohio/Karlsruhe vehicle has entered the finals of the US DARPA Grand Challenge and was ranked on position 10 among a total of 195 competitors. A Karlsruhe/ Munich vehicle reached the final of the US DARPA Urban Challenge in 2008. In 2011 Karlsruhe’s vehicle AnnieWAY won the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge.