Ulrike Woggon
Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

OSA Awards & Distinctions



Ulrike Woggon Profile

Ulrike Woggon, born in 1958 in Berlin, studied Physics at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena and Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. In 1985, she received her Ph.D. from Humboldt University in the field of nonlinear optics in semiconductors.  In 1992, she moved to the Department of Physics at the University Kaiserslautern and joined the group of Prof. Claus Klingshirn.

Funded by a postdoctoral fellowship of the German National Science Foundation (DFG), she conducted research at the University of Kaiserslautern in the field of optical properties of quantum dots. After further scientific research at the University of Karlsruhe and the Optical Sciences Center of the University of Arizona in Tucson, she was appointed a Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Dortmund in 1997. There she initiated and lead a topical Ph.D. program on "Material Properties and Concepts for Quantum Information Processing" funded by DFG from 2001-2007.

Since 2008, Woggon has been Professor of Experimental Physics, in particular Nonlinear Optics, at the Institute for Optics and Atomic Physics of the Technical University Berlin (TUB). Her research interests, documented by more than 200 refereed publications and approximately 7,500 citations, several book chapters and numerous invited lectures as well as third-party funding, are in the field of nanophotonics, ultrafast spectroscopy, solid-state optics and photonic materials. She conveys her passion for photonics to her students e.g. by initiating an “Optics and Photonics Academic Lab” as a Toolbox-Lab for optics experiments for Bachelor to Master courses at TU Berlin.

Woggon is one of the founding members of the Berlin School of Optical Sciences and Quantum Technology (BOS.QT). She has been an OSA member since 2000, was made an OSA Fellow in 2010, and served as chair or member in several OSA program committees. She participated in numerous conferences in program or advisory committees and initiated the international conference series on research on quantum dots "Quantum Dot 2000-2020". For OSA, she was one of the program chairs of the International Quantum Electronics Conference (IQEC) in San Francisco 2004 and served several times as committee chair and member of QELS and CLEO (Fundamental Science).

Ulrike Woggon Statement

I am deeply committed to the four OSA Core Values: innovation, integrity, inclusivity and impact. As a member of the OSA Board of Directors, my focus would be on the following topics:

Pioneering research on the frontier of knowledge. Photonics and optical sciences are key fields in modern science and technology, characterized by interdisciplinarity and diversity. Optical sciences are enabling innovations today and in future. However, excellent basic research is just as essential in the entire process of knowledge creation. Ensuring the highest quality standards in journals and conferences and ensuring that knowledge is gained through recognized scientific methodologies are important tasks of our scientific community and longstanding goals of OSA.

I will commit myself to these goals, and furthermore will support all activities that improve science communication to make our research more visible and understandable to the public. Free access to knowledge and knowledge transfer are important topics that I want to promote.

Global responsibility and international exchange. Science needs exchange, direct communication with others and the discussion of ideas within a global scientific community. Scientific organizations like OSA aim at connecting people, initiating networks and cooperation, promoting dissemination of knowledge and acting in a globally responsible way.

In a global scientific world, however, high mobility and travel are increasingly becoming a risk to the environment and to human health. The search for new communication channels conducive to science is a new challenge that we have to face. I will help to explore the full range of communication options that OSA can use in the future to ensure that our scientists stay connected. Science must continue to be an ambassador for international understanding and to counteract tendencies to rebuild national borders and restrictions. Furthermore, it can be very instructive to get in touch with researchers all over the world, to learn more about their specific working conditions and to appreciate their results and efforts under less-than-ideal research conditions.

Diversity and equal opportunity. The Optical Society is committed to diversity. OSA encourages the creation of an environment in which diversity is the norm, in which everyone is supported in their professional development, and in which everyone experiences equal opportunities. I will fully support this policy, encouraging female researchers to participate in OSA activities and promoting productive and beneficial collaboration between scientists of all generations, genders and nations. For young scientists, I will support OSA in all of its efforts to provide them with knowledgeable mentors, role models or just people they can talk with about ideas, questions and problems.