The Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) was established at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in November 2006 within the framework of the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments to Promote Science and Research at German Universities.
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The interdisciplinary character of optical applications represents a challenge and an opportunity to physicists, biologists, physicians and engineers. While they often use similar optical methods when working in their own disciplines, the realization of synergy effects demands close cooperation and technology transfer.
Based on the fundamentals of optics, the main topics in the research and education programme covered by the SAOT are:
Students with a wide range of backgrounds when joining the SAOT will be prepared for successful research programmes in a Graduate School Entrance Academy. Passing the examination at the end of this academy is obligatory for final admission to the SAOT. The SAOT provides an interdisciplinary research and education programme in which innovation and leadership are promoted within an expanded international network of outstanding researchers.
An important feature of the education and research in the SAOT is a series of international workshops on selected aspects of the six topics with experts from around the world. Summer and winter academies, project discussion groups, specialized courses and soft skills training projects also form parts of the SAOT programme. In a worldwide network, internationally renowned scientists act as instructors, guest professors or hosts for doctoral candidates during internships lasting 3 to 6 months abroad.
The SAOT is jointly run by three schools of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg:
It is supported by different research centres in Erlangen, e. g.,