Light for Innovation - as an independent, non-profit research institute for photonics and laser technology, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) stands for innovative research, development and consulting. The LZH was founded in 1986 with the aim of conducting interdisciplinary research and development in the area of laser technology, bringing together research and practice, and training skilled workers in an industry-oriented manner. The interdisciplinary collaboration between scientists and engineers enables innovative approaches in various areas: from component development for specific laser applications up to process developments for laser applications, for example for medical technology or lightweight construction in the automotive sector. Currently, almost 200 employees are working at the LZH. The LZH is funded by the Niedersachsen Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport and Digitalisation.

Scientific network
Central to the success of the LZH is the close regional scientific networking with the universities of Lower Saxony and numerous renowned institutions: involvements in the Clusters of Excellence PhoenixD, QuantumFrontiers and Hearing4all, participation in various Collaborative Research Centers, such as "Tailored Forming", "Oxygen-free Production" and "Regeneration of Complex Capital Goods", are the hallmarks of the LZH. Furthermore, the LZH is a partner in the Hannover Center for Optical Technologies (HOT), acts as a cooperation partner of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover at the HITec (Hannover Institute for Technology) and is part of the interdisciplinary Laboratory for Nano and Quantum Engineering (LNQE) and the Lower Saxony Centre for Biomedical Engineering, Implant Research and Development (NIFE). In 2017, the LZH, together with the Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover, the Deutsche Messe Technology Academy GmbH and the LZH Laser Akademie GmbH, launched "Niedersachsen ADDITIV". In addition, the successful cooperation with the Albert Einstein Institute in the field of developing laser systems for gravitational wave detection deserves special mention.

Transfer to the economy
The LZH creates a strong transfer between fundamental science, application-oriented research and industry. Small and medium-sized enterprises in particular benefit from the range of research and services offered by the LZH. In joint projects, they gain access to new technological knowledge, national and international networks and public funding. With the services offered by the LZH, companies can compensate for missing R&D capacities. The transfer of knowledge also includes providing smart minds to the economy and other research institutions – in that way a considerable network has emerged in the course of time. To date, 18 successful spin-offs have emerged from the institute with a total of about 500 jobs.

Promoting young talents: Light for your future
Promoting young talent already starts at the school: Guided tours for school classes, school internships, participation in the IdeenExpo and the annual Future Day ("Zukunfstag") give young girls and boys an early insight into the exciting working world of a research institute. Thereafter, entry to the LZH is possible through a classical vocational training as well as a voluntary scientific year (FWJ), student projects and theses as well as student assistant jobs and internships. For the initial vocational training, the LZH cooperates with the local vocational school and, in this way, also transfers the laser technology to the future employees of small and medium-sized enterprises in the Hannover region.