The award was created to honor the memory and extend the work of Jean Jerphagnon, who died in 2005 after leading a distinguished career in optics and photonics
Its aim is to promote technological innovation and the diffusion of optics and photonics in all fields of application.
The Award is granted to a researcher or engineer who proposes an innovative project
- of high scientific value or high industrial potential
- which marks a milestone in his or her career
- comprises at least one optical or photonic element
The winner, who must be at least 40 years old in the year in which the prize is awarded, is selected annually on the basis of the following criteria:
- the value of his or her research results
- his or her national and international recognition
- his or her motivation and the relevance and innovative perspectives of the project (whether scientific or industrial)
- the presumed societal and economic qualities for the intended applications
- the potential benefits of the project’s contributions for France and Europe
A winning amount of €10,000
The winner receives a check for €10,000 and support in the form of advice in the implementation of his or her project by the Organizing Committee of the JEAN JERPHAGNON Award. Each of the finalists receives a check for €1,000.