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Cluster Report Photonics in the Capital Region Berlin-Brandenburg

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  • Imaging
  • Photonics
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  • Technologies
  • Optics
  • Microsystems
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6 Training and Continued Education Training and continued education in optical technologies and microsystems technology in Berlin-Brandenburg Katharina Kunze The career prospects in optical technologies and microsystems technology (MST) are excellent for young commercial talents and young academic scientists as well as for seasoned professionals. The growth forecasts for high-technology fields give reason to expect steadily rising employment figures in the coming years. Technological companies and research institutions are increasingly thwarted in their development by the lack of suitable employees. The Berlin-Brandenburg region is meeting this challenge with a variety of attractive offers and effective measures for higher education and vocational training as well as advanced training and continued education. University education and summer schools Berlin’s and Brandenburg's universities and colleges offer more than 40 study courses on optics/photonics and microsystems technology – both as independent study courses and as focal points or modules in engineering or science courses. At each of the three major Berlin universities multiple departments and institutes are charged with promoting young scientists in the field of optical technologies. Two of Brandenburg’s universities, the TH Wildau and FH Brandenburg, are committed to promoting young academics with their cooperative “Photonics” program. At five universities in the region, there are courses of study on microsystems technology. The HTW Berlin offers a standalone microsystems technology degree program. In 2008, the FH Brandenburg introduced the bachelor degree course “Microsystems technology and optical technologies.” Microsystems technology can also be chosen as a major or an elective at the TU Berlin, the Beuth University of Technology in Berlin and the University of Applied Science Wildau. Since 2006, the Centre for Microsystems Technology (ZEMI) annually, in September, offers the “Microsystems Summer School Berlinin Adlershof. Thereby ZEMI offers its expertise in microsystems technology nationwide for academic training. Outstanding young scientists (students, graduate students) and employees of high-technology companies from all over Germany are introduced to the potential of Berlin's MST landscape and the research location Berlin at the five-day event. Selected speakers of ZEMI’s research institutions and local companies present current research and development – from simulation and design to finished products. Company training In addition to the academic staff, skilled workers play an important role in the regional companies and research institutions. Apprentice microtechnologist © ZEMI/Wiedl High-tech companies have recognized the value of their own, need-based training and are involved in corporate training. Besides the main occupations in the industry such as optician and fine optician and micro technologist, a number of other professions have a high significance: chemistry and physics laboratory assistants that keep the high-tech labs in operation are as sought after as mechatronics and industrial mechanics experts for the operation of modern machines. In order to support the process and not have it interrupted by the expected shortage of skilled workers, ZEMI has established the High Technology Education Network Berlin (ANH Berlin). ANH Berlin advises and supports companies and research institutions in all matters of training and has, since 2007, created more than 60 additional corporate apprenticeship places and filled them with qualified applicants. The Training Association “Ausbildungsverbund Mikrotechnologie” was already established in Berlin and Brandenburg in 1998. The merger is a successful example of regional networking within industrial training, in which the training companies work together 96

6 Training and Continued Education and support each other in vocational training. Training content that is not covered by individual companies can be provided by other partner companies or centralized training within the network. The association is coordinated by the Lise-Meitner-School, the only vocational school for training in micro-technology in the region, and funded by the companies within the nonprofit association proMANO. To improve the freedom to choose between vocational and academic training, ANH Berlin is developing add-on modules for the micro-technology training. Thus a model is supported for the recognition of qualifications in vocational education for the bachelor program “Microsystems technology and optical technologies” at the University of Applied Sciences in Brandenburg which simplifies the transition between educational levels and shortens training time. Promotion of young talents The training and education activities, in addition to the creation of additional training courses and study programs, meet another challenge: the adequate personnel for these training courses. As the number of applicants, especially in technical professions and courses of study, has fallen, sometimes drastically, in recent years, and the demographic development even reinforces the lack of applicants, the importance of fostering youth talent, especially in the high technology sector, is ever increasing. The networks ANH Berlin, ZEMI and OpTecBB have expanded the information and advertising for high technology occupations. To this end, existing events such as the Long Night of Sciences, the Girls' Day and the Technology Day are used regularly. At regional education and technology exhibitions (Einstieg Abi, Laser Optics Berlin, microsys-Berlin etc.) the subject is deliberately placed as a priority. Together with the career information center (BIZ) of the Employment Agency and an ever-growing number of schools, ANH Berlin also conducts information sessions for students on specific occupations and industries. To specifically address and support the young female talent in the scientific/technical training and study courses, ZEMI has launched the project “mst|femNet meets Nano and Optics”. By initiating round tables with regional players from business, politics, science and education, the networking of STEM activities was promoted and gender-sensitive organization of individual projects brought to the fore. ZEMI also organized a Girls Technology Congress with various regional partners in 2011 for the second time. Up to 150 girls from the 7th grade and up of Berlin and Brandenburg schools were able to use the event to learn, to experiment and to get to know women from natural sciences, high-tech companies and related work-study opportunities. Laboratory guide for children at FBH © FBH/Günther Student laboratories at research institutions and universities offer opportunities for young people to experiment in authentic research environments. The Ferdinand-Braun-Institute, Leibniz-Institute for Highest Frequency Technology (FBH) and the Lise-Meitner-School have operated together the school laboratory MicroLAB since October 2005. The laboratory connects experiments for semiconductor fabrication with insights into processes of scientific research at the institute as an addition to education. Not only students but also teacher trainees, student teachers and teachers use the MicroLAB. OpTecBB and ZEMI jointly published the education atlas “Optical technologies and microsystems technology in Berlin and Brandenburg” for the first time in 2010. The atlas provides an overview of the relevant colleges and universities in Berlin and Brandenburg and serves as a guide in choosing an appropriate training or field of study. Contact: Katharina Kunze Zentrum für Mikrosystemtechnik Berlin Phone: 030 / 6392 3326 Email: katharina.kunze@zemi-berlin.de Education atlas “Optical technologies and microsystems technology in Berlin and Brandenburg” An innovation league, a joint initiative of the BMBF with the research networks of the optics industry, deals with sustainable partnerships between schools and businesses. OpTecBB focuses regionally primarily on establishing specific school projects in optics and photonics, and has so far initiated 77 university partnerships. 97

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