Discover the world of optics and photonics

Invitation to the Forsche-Schüler-Tag (Researcher Student Day) 2023 at Fraunhofer IOF

An expedition to Jupiter, highly secure communication using light particles and robots that have learned to recognize transparent objects: For the "Forsche-Schüler-Tag" (Researcher Student Day) on April 27, students from the eighth grade onwards will once again have the opportunity to discover science and research at first hand at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF. Registration is possible until April 25. Participation is free of charge.

On April 27, young explorers will once again have the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of research and development and try out science by themselves as part of the Forsche-Schüler-Tag. On this day, the Fraunhofer IOF invites you to discover the exciting world of optics and photonics during laboratory tours and lectures.


Join the Fraunhofer IOF on a journey to Jupiter.


In April 2023 the space probe JUICE will start its journey to Jupiter. There it will explore its moons, including the icy moon Ganymede. On board is a special measuring instrument: the "Ganymede Laser Altimeter", also known as GALA. It was developed by researchers from the Fraunhofer IOF, among others. As part of the "Forsche-Schüler-Tag", the researchers will explain to interested students how the instrument works and what special challenges had to be overcome during its development. There will also be a realistic replica of the laser altimeter.

Discovering high-tech in the lab together


Young participants can also take a look behind the scenes of photonics research in two laboratory tours: Fraunhofer IOF scientists will not only show their workplaces but will also explain how we can use light particles to communicate in a practically tap-proof way in the future and how they have taught robots to "see" transparent objects.

Registration until April 25


The Forsche-Schüler-Tag is organized by the Beutenberg Campus e. V. and features contributions from the association's various research institutes. The events will begin at 9 a.m. on April 27 at each of the participating institutes and end around 1 p.m.. Afterwards, all guests are invited to a closing lecture at 2 p.m. at the Abbe Center of Photonics (right next to the Fraunhofer IOF).

Interested students can register via the website of Beutenberg Campus e.V. until April 25. Further information about the program as well as the possibility to register can be found here:

The Forsche-Schüler-Tag at the Beutenberg Campus is a supplement to the annual Girls' and Boys' Day.