Jena’s most renowned "Brilliant Success Story" began more than 150 years ago. Carl Zeiss, Ernst Abbe and later also Otto Schott – Jena’s Big Three – revolutionized the scientifically-based manufacturing process for microscopes. Not only were they laying the foundation for internationally renowned corporations ZEISS, Jenoptik and Schott that are successfully operating to this day. They also strengthened another one of Jena’s most important traditions: the close connection between university, non-university research facilities and local industry. Today, this interdisciplinary collaboration is reflected especially in the utilization of light-based technologies in life sciences. Microscopy and ophthalmology are here the main focus.
Many of Jena’s „Brilliant Success Stories” describe sustainable solutions with light to address important challenges of the future in the area of health, energy, mobility, environment, security, communications and information technology.
"For the rest of my life I will reflect on what light is."
- Albert Einstein