GMP SA has always had a long history of supporting research and training since its inception in 1977. With this in mind, it has created the « GMP Photonics Prize » to reward scientific work and creativity.
Intended to encourage and motivate young scientists to carry out or continue research in technologies such as photonics and microtechnology, this prize of an exceptional total amount of 25'000 Swiss Francs was awarded for the fifth time in 2019, on the occasion of the 40 years anniversary of GMP SA at the University of Applied Sciences in Brugg-Windisch and with the collaboration of the Swiss Society of Photonics.
1st prize: Dr. Martin Pfeiffer for his thesis work at EPFL under the direction of Prof. Tobias Kippenberg.
Subject: manufacturing process of high performance optical on-chip waveguides.
2nd Prize: Doctoral student Alberto Boaron and Dr. Davide Rusca for their work at the Laboratory of Applied Physics at the University of Geneva under the supervision of Prof. Hugo Zbinden.
Subject: long distance quantum key distribution.
The winners with members of the jury and the director of GMP SA, Fabio Manzini. From left to right: Nicoletta Casanova CEO FEMTOPrint, Fabio Manzini CEO GMP SA, Dr. Christian Bosshard Head of CSEM Center, Dr. Martin Pfeiffer, Alberto Boaron, Dr. Davide Rusca, Prof. Em. Dr. René Salathé, Dr. Christophe Harder President of Swissphotonics.