Knowledge transfer

The Profile Center promotes knowledge transfer to key industrial partners such as Google, Infineon, Bosch, Siemens, Zeiss, Intego, KEEQUANT, and others who already have close research collaborations with the Profile Center’s participating PIs. The Profile Center also supports technology spin-offs.

The Profile Center engages in didactic research and develops appropriate curricula in quantum physics and related fields from high school to master’s level to promote education in these fields and attract talented young people. At the Quantum Communications Application Center QuKomIn, targeted expertise is transferred to industry for joint development. A showroom and event venue serve as a platform to bring the technologies to Bavarian industry while building an internationally respected ecosystem.

Science communication

A key paradigm is to communicate scientific knowledge gained in the Profile Center area to society. This includes interested citizens, children and youth, industry partners, political representatives and public stakeholders. The Profile Center aims to fulfill its social responsibility by providing insights into scientific methods, generating interest and enthusiasm for basic research in the field of light, matter and quantum technologies, and promoting understanding of the societal impact of science.

Physics on Saturday Morning

On selected Saturdays during the lecture period, the physics department of the FAU offers an insight on modern research topics in a more generally understandable level. The lectures are hold in German language. Find more info on twitter, mastodon, and on the Website.

überMorgen – der Zukunftsplausch

The Deutsches Museum Nürnberg and FAU, with its Central Institute for Scientific Reflection and Key Qualifications (ZiWiS), are jointly inviting to discussions. At regular meetings, experts from science and industry talk about topics such as quantum computers, migration, failure (in science) and space travel. Next events can be found on the website of the museum.


During a series of events each semester, ‘#WISSENWOLLEN’ will involve different researchers presenting their current projects in simple terms and answering questions from the audience.

#WISSENWOLLEN is also flexible enough to incorporate other formats such as live experiments, podium discussions, quizzes and much more. Be prepared for a few surprises and join in!

Find more information on the website.

Girls' Day

Every year technical enterprises, enterprises with technical departments and technical training facilities, universities, and research centres are invited to organise an open day for girls – Girls’Day. On FAU, the technical faculty and the faculty of science organise a variety of experiments from natural science and technology.

See more information on the official website and the respective websites from the technical faculty and the faculty of science.

Our Partners

The Profile Center is part of a network of external institutes, initiatives, and industrial partners that have a strong interest in quantum and classical technologies in the field of light and matter.

Fraunhofer Institute IIS

The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS conducts world-class research on microelectronic and IT system solutions and services. Today, it is the largest institute of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

Research at Fraunhofer IIS revolves around the two guiding topics “Audio and Media Technologies” and “Cognitive Sensor Technologies”.

Fraunhofer Institute IISB

The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB conducts applied research and development in the field of electronic systems for application in, e.g., electric mobility, aerospace, Industry 4.0, power grids or energy technology. In this connection, the institute uniquely covers the entire value chain – from basic materials to whole power electronic systems (for detailed information visit our research areas).

Max Planck Institute MPL

Research at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light covers a wide range of topics, including nonlinear optics, quantum optics, nanophotonics, photonic crystal fibres, optomechanics, quantum technologies, biophysics, and—in collaboration with the Max-Planck-Zentrum für Physik und Medizin – links between physics and medicine. MPL was founded in 2009 and is one of the over 80 institutes that make up the Max Planck Society, whose mission is to conduct basic research in the service of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and the humanities.

Munich Quantum Valley

The Munich Quantum Valley (MQV) promotes quantum science and quantum technologies in Bavaria with the primary goal of developing and operating competitive quantum computers. It connects research, industry, funders, and the public: Munich Quantum Valley promotes an efficient knowledge transfer from research to industry, establishes a network with international reach and provides educational offers for schools, universities and companies.


The Erlangen National High Performance Computing Center (NHR@FAU) was established on January 1, 2021 as one of eight (later nine) national HPC centers at German universities.
NHR@FAU aims to be the focal point of all HPC activities at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). The organizational concept of the center is designed to address high performance computing (HPC) in all its facets, including HPC infrastructure design and operation, user support, in-depth collaborations with developers and application scientists, HPC training, HPC research, and application expertise for customers from FAU and from all over Germany.