Prof. Dr.-Ing. Overmeyer assumes WLT presidency

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Overmeyer, Member of the Board of Directors of the LZH and Chairman of the Scientific Directorate, assumed the WLT presidency as of January 1st, 2021. (Photo: LUH)

Logo of the German Scientific Laser Society (WLT).

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ludger Overmeyer, member of the Board of Directors of the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) and Chairman of the Scientific Directorate, has assumed the presidency of the German Scientific Laser Society (WLT) as of January 1st, 2021.

"The WLT is a strong community of scientific institutions," says Prof. Dr.-Ing. Overmeyer, describing the goals as follows: "We want to continue to use our expertise in laser technology and photonics to advance research in the field and make the results available to other disciplines."

The work of the WLT focuses on the identification and active promotion of strategic goals to further develop laser radiation scientifically as a universally applicable "tool" and to make it usable for new interdisciplinary fields of application in optical technologies.

Dr. Moritz Hinkelmann, Head of the Optical Systems Group at the LZH, takes over as Executive Secretary of the WLT.

„Lasers in Manufacturing“ Conference
Among other things, the WLT organizes the "Lasers in Manufacturing (LiM)" conference, which will take place in 2021 either in a hybrid or virtual way. Abstracts can still be submitted until January 25th, 2021. The call for papers can be found on the WLT website:

About the WLT
The German Scientific Laser Society (WLT) was founded in 1997; it emerged from the Scientific Working Group Laser Technology, established in 1987. The members of the WLT are heads of large scientific institutions that are primarily concerned with the generation, amplification, shaping, transmission, measurement, and application of laser radiation. These are university institutions and institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Max Planck Society, the Leibniz Association, the Helmholtz Association, and other non-university institutions.



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Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.
As an independent, non-profit research institute, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) stands for innovative research, development and consulting. The LZH is supported by the Niedersachsen Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport and Digitalisation and is dedicated to the selfless promotion of applied research in the field of photonics and laser technology. Founded in 1986, almost 200 employees are now working for the LZH.

The focus of the LZH lies on the fields of optical components and systems, optical production technologies, and biomedical photonics. Interdisciplinary cooperation between natural scientists and mechanical engineers makes innovative approaches to challenges from the most different areas possible: from the development of components for specific laser systems to process developments for the most diverse laser applications, for example, for medical technology or lightweight construction in the automotive sector. Eighteen spin-off companies have emerged from the LZH up to now. Thus, the LZH has created a strong transfer between fundamental science, application-oriented research, and industry.