Bremen Institute for Applied Beam Technology

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Bremen Institute for Applied Beam Technology GmbH
legal form GmbH
founding 1977
Seat Bremen
management Frank Vollertsen
Ralf Bergmann
Erika Taulien-Matthies
Number of employees 51-200
sales up to € 25 million
Branch science and research
As of August 11, 2017

The Bremen Institute for Applied Beam Technology ( BIAS ) is a laser technology focused, individually economic research and development institute. It was founded on July 1st 1977 by Gerd Sepold and Werner Jüptner as the first non-university laser institute in Europe.


BIAS employs around 70 people, of which around 40 are academics and 19 technicians or masters. There are also academic assistants, guest scientists and others (as of 2008). It is supported by a GmbH, which has had the status of non-profit since the beginning. The institute was founded as a technology transfer facility; from the beginning it had customers from the industry. The public sector, the State of Bremen , the German Research Foundation , the Federal Government and other funding institutions finance the preliminary research.

The VFwF (Association for the Promotion of Scientific Research in the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen eV), which bundles non-university research institutes in the state of Bremen, becomes a partner in 1985. The fact that the two directors of the BIAS were appointed professors at the University of Bremen in 1989 underlines the close cooperation between the research institute and the University of Bremen in research and teaching.

Work areas

In the fields of laser-assisted material processing and optical metrology, BIAS conducts research in its own projects, in joint projects and on an order basis, developments for customers in the private sector and the public sector, as well as contract work for research customers as a preliminary to in-house production.

In the BIAS, new technologies for metal joining were also produced with the help of laser technology, which are known as swaths and have become particularly important in ship and aircraft construction.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d BIAS Bremen Institute for Applied Beam Technology GmbH, MBS division. DTAD, accessed August 11, 2017 .
  2. a b BIAS - Imprint. BIAS, accessed August 11, 2017 .
  3. BIAS presentation at the University of Bremen ( Memento from June 13, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  4. Dirk Asendorpf: Schwöten - welding and soldering with laser light. DeutschlandRadio Berlin, September 30, 2002, accessed on August 11, 2017 .