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    3 simple tricks for using links in LinkedIn posts

    Ever seen all those perfect posts in your favorite LinkedIn group and you didn’t understand how to do it? There are no two ways about it, hyperlinks are a tricky. After trying in vain to find advice on LinkedIn, I came up with my own three point guide: 1)   You can only use ONE […]


    Peer Review: How to Distinguish the Good from the Bad?

    It seems as if we have a stormy autumn this year – not only out there in the countryside, but also in scholarly publishing. There have been a number of interesting publications this month shaking up the community, still, the most agitating paper seems to be the sting from John Bohannon in Science Magazine. Whereas […]


    Starting an optics journal in troubled times

    Throughout the last year, the question of an economic crisis flashed in the newspaper headlines. In this unstable situation we embarked on the foundation of a journal on applied optics in industry and research. The first year of Advanced Optical Technologies has passed and – despite all the fears – authors as well as readers […]


    Willkommen auf der Photonics West 2012

    Certainly, it is a big conference and and even bigger trade show. But for someone who followed the event for more than a decade, Photonics West is at first a place to meet old friends and to find new ones. Then, of course, it is a great place to learn the latest from photonics research […]


    LASER 2011: Abschluss mit Besucherrekord

    Am Donnerstag dem 26. Mai ging die LASER in München zu Ende, und sie hat ihren Titel als weltgrößte Messe für Laser und Photonik erfolgreich verteidigt: Sie erreichte mit 27.500 Besuchern (+8%) und mehr als 1.100 Ausstellern neue Rekorde. Nach Aussage vieler Aussteller ist die Messe insgesamt gut bis sehr gut gelaufen, wobei das Geschäft […]


    LASER 2011: Der zweite Tag

    Busy, busy, busy. That is probably the best description of the second day of this year’s LASER. It was an excellent mood among the people and there was steady traffic on all booths. It seems as if particularly small companies are benefiting from the recovery after the last crisis: larger companies had to shrink their […]


    LASER 2011: Der erste Tag

    Munich is a nice place to be and the early summer is probably the best time to visit the city. The sun is shining but the air is fresh and it is a perfect climate to visit one of the parks, or better, one of the Biergärten (Beergarden). But people came here to talk about […]


    Alle treffen sich auf der LASER in München

    München – Ende Mai ist es wieder soweit: Die LASER World of Photonics öffnet ihre Tore in München. Die Leitmesse für photonische Technologien wird einmal mehr ein Treffpunkt für Wissenschaftler, Manager, Marketing-Experten und viele viele andere aus dem Bereich der Photonik. Mit über 2100 Ausstellern und deutlich erweiterter Ausstellungsfläche dürfte es auch dieses Mal einen […]


    When medical doctors become entrepreneurs – Report from the 4. Charité Entrepreneurship Summit Berlin 2011

    The international workshop for start-up creation and entrepreneurship related to biomedical innovation was the place to be for newbies as well as serial founders. This year’s Charité Entrepreneurship Summit affirmed itself once again as the place to be for venture capitalists, start-up founders,  medical doctors and their cousins in biomedical research.  The summit was held […]


    When the dust settles: Photonics B2B Publishing after the crisis

    At this year’s Photonics West meeting, I went around and collected some of the current B2B magazines and (with a sigh of relief) I saw that they are picking up again. In case you hadn’t noticed, leading titles such as Laser Focus World or Photonics spectra had shrunk by almost half. Before the crisis, they were  […]