Prof. Dr. Chris Poulton, University of Technology Sydney, Australia [November 2016]

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Prof. Dr. Chris Poulton, University of Technology Sydney, Australia [November 2016]

"Jena is clearly one of the top places in the world for photonics, with really impressive strength in all areas of optical science. The shear concentration of world-class researchers, the quality of the research facilities, and the general level of enthusiasm for carrying out high-level science meant that my stay, of some four months, was educational, eye-opening, and highly productive. The close connections between the various research institutes, including the Leibnitz institute (IPHT) as well as the ACP, means that interdisciplinary collaborations find fertile ground to flourish - I was also highly impressed by the synergy with industrial partners, who work closely with researchers of all stripes to develop some truly unique capabilities. A highlight of my stay was the interaction with the many high-quality postgraduate students, with whom the Guest Professor position gave me the chance to interact through a series of lectures on advanced topics in photonics. These students are trained at the highest level in the science of optics and photonics, and giving these lectures was a great privilege and pleasure. In summary, I greatly enjoyed my stay in Jena and hope very much to maintain the many connections and collaborations that I built during my time there."

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