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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 […]


    Welcome to 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: Finish with New Records

    On Thursday, May 26 the worlds largest trade fair on Laser and photonics technology closed in Munich (Germany) with new records. The LASER World of Photonics 2011 achieved a substantial increase in visitor numbers to 27,500 and a new record rise to more than 1,100 exhibitors. Medical technology, biophotonics, renewable energies and electro-mobility were named […]


    LASER 2011: Day 2

    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: Day 1

    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 […]


    The Laser Community Meets in Munich

    Munich – End of May, the LASER World of Photonics will open its doors in Munich again. With more than 2.100 exhibitors it is not only the biggest photonics event in the world, it has even grown to a new record. People from all over the world and from all kinds of photonics will meet […]


    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  […]