On Jul 13, 2020 ACP's principal scientists gathered remotely via videoconference to hold their annual meeting.
The meeting had been originall scheduled for April 2020, but was postponed due to the University's shutdown in those days. This general assembly is called in once per year by ACP's board of directors who reported on the center's activities and achievements during the last year. ACP's current executive director, Andreas Tünnermann, briefly explained the current organizational structure and membership development of the ACP. The center currently has 56 members, whereby several junior research groups have been newly established, as can be seen from the annexes. In addition, the continued positive development and consolidation of third-party funding acquisition and publication statistics were summarized. The increasing success of the FSU Jena in the structured funding programs of the DFG was particularly gratifying, which was promoted in many cases by the synergetic effects and networking mechanisms within the ACP. The all-time high in the acquisition of competitive funding in 2019 is remarkable. Andreas Tünnermann congratulatet all colleagues who were successful in the competitions for structured third-party funding last year. The acquisition of the Cluster of Excellence "Balance of the Microverse", the collaborative research center "NOA - Nonlinear Optics down to Atomic scales" and the "Leibniz Center for Photonics in Infection Research" deserve special mention.
Another special mention was related to the abrupt cessation of classroom teaching due to the pandemic situation during the last months. Andreas Tünnermann expressly thanked all of his colleagues for their great commitment and their demonstrated creativity in converting the courses on seamlessly to digital and hybrid teaching. He further emphasized that the university management should continue to send clear signals to all interested parties, applicants and students that future presence and hybrid teaching will be possible in order to keep Jena as a place to study in the national and international competition for the best minds. Several ACP members emphasized that the special needs and, in part, deviating time horizons of international applicants and students in a global situation characterized by visa and entry restrictions should be considered more closely.
After the board's report, the current ACP board of directors consisting of Andreas Tünnermann, Stefanie Gräfe, Jürgen Popp, Thomas Pertsch and Christian Spielmann was relelected by means of a secret and digital election according to ACP's standards. All reelected directors thanked their voters for their trust and are now enthrusted with the task to continue their dedicated work within ACP at least until 2023.