Light for Innovation – since 1986, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) has been committed to advancing laser technology.

Supported by the Lower Saxony Ministry for Economics, Labour and Transport, the LZH has been devoted to the selfless promotion of applied research in the field of laser technology.

Research, development, consulting, training and education as well as the promotion of young talents in the fields of photonics and laser technology are the main tasks of the LZH, with the research focus being on

  • Optical components and systems
  • Optical production technologies
  • Biomedical photonics

Work in the endorsed research projects always aims at current and future demands of business. For industrial projects, the focus of the work of the LZH is on direct customer benefits.

Apart from these forms of technology transfer, the LZH provides knowledge in the form of bright minds in business and research, and has thus built up a remarkable network among the most different branches. The institute’s promotion of young talents, however, starts with schools already: Guided tours for school classes, internships, the booth at the IdeenExpo and the annual Future Career Day give students insights to the exciting working environment in a research institute at an early stage. Afterwards, the young talents can start a career at LZH through a classical vocational training, research papers, bachelor or master theses, student assistant jobs or internships. In the field of initial vocational training, the LZH cooperates with the local vocational school, and thus provides the future employees of small an medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Hannover Region with know-how about laser technology.

Seventeen successful spin-offs have, up to now, had their beginnings in the LZH. Approximately 500 jobs have thus been formed, above all in the Hannover region. Scientists who decide to go on their own can “grow out” of the institute, by renting rooms and laboratories from the LZH during their startup phase. When they need larger facilities, they start to cut the institutional cord, and they move into a new establishment, preferably in the near surroundings.

In this way, the LZH has created an excellent transfer between basic research, application-oriented research and industry. A central prerequisite for this is intensive regional networking by the LZH: Cooperations with several universities in Lower Saxony, such as the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover, the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, the Technische Universität Braunschweig, the Clausthal University of Technology and the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg

Participations in the Clusters of Excellence and Leading-Edge Clusters REBIRTH and Hearing4all, as well as in the QUEST-Leibniz Research School. The participation in different special research projects (SFBs) such as PlanOS, as well as partnerships with numerous, renowned organisations are a distinguishing factor for the LZH. 

The LZH is, for example, an important cooperation partner of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover in HITec (Hannover Institute for Technology), and is integrated in the transdisciplinary Laboratory for Nano and Quantum Engineering (LNQE), and the Lower Saxony Centre for Biomedical Engineering, Implant Research and Development (NIFE).

Interdisciplinary cooperation between natural scientists and engineers makes innovative approaches for challenges from various areas possible: from the development of components for specific laser systems to process development for the most different laser applications, for example for medical technology or lightweight construction in the automotive sector.