Academic partners

The Abbe School of Photonics (ASP) has strong academic partners in all sectors of optics, photonics and adjacent fields, ranging from the Jena area to a number of recognized international institutes and universities.

Premium partner in research and education

Since 2018, the Abbe School of Photonics has taken the lead in coordinating one of the three prestigious Max Planck Schools, which were implemented by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as national networks of excellence. The Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP) focuses the key strengths of the German photonics community and supports highly skilled young researchers on a world class level. MPSP is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with a sum of EUR 25 million and by the Fraunhofer-Society with an additional support of EUR 4 million.


Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, China. The partnership between ACP/ASP and this University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) relies on a long-term exchange of people, ideas and workshops. Starting from 2016, the most excellent students from CIOMP are preselected to receive extra slots in our Master program in Photonics.


Funded by the Excellence Initiative of the University of Bordeaux, the Cluster of Excellence LAPHIA: Laser & Photonics in Aquitaine aims to create a consortium around sciences of light – optics, photonics, lasers. The Bordeaux pole in optics is already recognized as leading in several fields: high energy lasers, hot plasmas, laser-matter interaction physics, material science. The Aquitaine Region has brought together buisnesses and research scientists to create France's biggest regional laser-optics industry. Starting from 2018, ACP will become a premium partner in the Bordeaux International Support (BIS) program, facilitating student and staff exchanges.


Centre for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices and Optical Systems (CUDOS).CUDOS was funded by the Australian Research Council under the Centres of Excellence Program from 2003-2017, with further support from our seven constituent universities, fifteen partner investigators, and the New South Wales State Government. The partnership between ACP and the scientists involved in CUDOS is still continued, and many joint research projects still continue on an individual basis.


Host institutions and local partners

German partner universities within the Max Planck School of Photonics

KSOP and ASP we equivalent partners in an international Master education program funded 2008 - 2016 by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Since 2018, ASP, KIT and FAU are the three Curriculae Universities within the Max Planck School of Photonics, offering Master's degrees in photonics of national excellence.

German non-university partners within the Max Planck School of Photonics

International partner universities

The collaborations with several international universities have been established by former Erasmus Mundus and Erasmus Plus International Dimensions programs. These partnerships have led to long-term exchange agreements, enabling ASP staff and students to be highly mobile. An exchange of Master's degree students between two universities is principally possible and to be decided on a case-to-case basis. Preferences may already be uttered already during the application at ASP. There are different schemes and funding options for study or scientific exchanges with our partners.

For our German-born students, ASP offers a large network of reputable partner universities under the jurisdiction of the Erasmus Student Exchange Program.