The Jena-Davis (JEDIS) Alliance of Excellence in Biophotonics is designed to promote North American-German cooperation on research and development in the field of biophotonics. Events in the three-year € 240,000 / $ 280,000 JEDIS award include scientific conferences in Davis and Jena, a sustainable exchange program and two first-class summer schools.

The project aims to intensify communication between ­scientists and to stimulate and improve cooperation between the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena / Germany and the University of California, ­Davis, USA. The partnership builds on joint research work in the field of biophotonics.

Biophotonics is a growing, multidisciplinary research field that uses light-based technologies to answer medical and life science issues. The technologies include modern microscopy, spectroscopy and the use of light as a tool in the form of lasers, with applications ranging from cell biology to surgery. Biophotonics is a scientific discipline of great social importance, which could help scientists and medical care providers overcome current challenges of an aging society, pandemics and highly strained health systems.

Development of these advanced and precise solutions requires a strong network of international scientists from different disciplines, as well as constructive and goal-oriented collaboration of clinical staff and ­technology developers.

JEDIS has teamed up with LEIBNIZ HEALTH ­TECHNOLOGIES, a research alliance of the German Leibniz Association, who pursue the goal of ­improving medical care for patients. Through interdisciplinary approach, prevention, diagnosis and therapy shall grow together and thus increase the quality of life. The German-North American partnership aims to accelerate this scientific collaboration in research and education.

The JEDIS Alliance is funded by the Transatlantic Program of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany from the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labor, which aims to keep the memory of George C. Marshall alive and to support the transatlantic partnership.