With the increasing importance of photonics in business and industry, the demand for excellently trained specialists with a photonics background is also growing.

The working group Education of Photonics Austria supports and encourages initiatives with the aim to meet this demand.

The spectrum ranges from events for children and adolescents who are interested in light and optical technologies to university courses and adult education.


The core group of WG EDUCATION currently consists of the following organisations:

  • Karl-Franzens-University Graz
  • Technical University Vienna
  • University Innsbruck
  • University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg
  • University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien
  • AIT
  • Silicon Austria
  • Joanneum Research
  • Federal Ministry for Research, Innovation and Technology

Educational activities

  • Childrens University (z.B. Uni Graz, TU Vienna, Uni Innsbruck)
  • Further Education for Teachers (JOANNEUM RESEARCH, Uni Graz, FH Vorarlberg)
  • School partnerships (FH Technikum Vienna)
  • Day of Light (2018 Vienna, 2019 Innsbruck)
  • Taketech (Steiermark, JOANNEUM RESEARCH)
  • Long Night of Research, Long Night of Museums

photonics explorer

The Photonics Explorer offers students of all age groups a wide and exciting contingent of experiments to experience the basic principles of optics and photonics and scientific work by explorative learning.


Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.rer.nat. Joachim Krenn

Tel.: +43 (0)316 380 - 5207


Institut of Physics

Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz