Ilmenau School of Green Electronics (ISGE)

The scientific goal of the "Ilmenau School of Green Electronics" (ISGE) is to develop an information technology for the future, which is sustainable and climate-neutral not only in operation, but along the entire value chain and in the entire material cycle, i.e. during operation, production, repair, and recycling.

In order to be able to address the complexity and interdisciplinarity of this challenge, but at the same time to set a realistic focus, the Ilmenau School of Green Electronics is concentrating on the areas of bio-inspired microelectronics, intelligent materials, devices and technologies as well as on energy-efficient computing.

These fields should come together in high-performance and energy-efficient neuromorphic IT systems.

Funded through the Carl Zeiss Stiftung twelve PhD students perform research in highly interdisciplinary fields related to the future of information technology.

The doctoral students in the Ilmenau School of Green Electronics

  • receive funding for up to four years with material and consumables budget
  • will be part in a course program with a focus on scientific work, interdisciplinary cooperation and international networking
  • are supported by two supervisors during the course of their dissertation


Green Electronics

Green Electronics refer to the development and production of energy-efficient electronic systems which are sustainable, resource-conserving, environmentally friendly, harmless to health and energy-saving in

  • fabrication
  • operation
  • repair
  • reuse (recycling)

In other words, electronics that are sustainable overall and as climate-neutral as possible along the entire value chain and in the entire material cycle (circular economy and climate neutrality).

The aim is to minimize the negative impact of electronics on the environment and conserve our finite resources.


Prof. Stefan Sinzinger
Vice President for Research and Young Scientists

+49 3677 69 5020

Funding information

Funding provider: Carl Zeiss Foundation

Funding volume: 5,234 million euros

Funding period: 01.07.2024 - 31.12.2027

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Carl Zeiss Stiftung

The Carl Zeiss Foundation has set itself the goal of creating scope for scientific breakthroughs. As a partner of excellent science, it supports basic research as well as application-oriented research and teaching in the STEM disciplines (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology). Founded in 1889 by the physicist and mathematician Ernst Abbe, the Carl Zeiss Foundation is one of the oldest and largest private science-promoting foundations in Germany. It is the sole owner of Carl Zeiss AG and SCHOTT AG. Its projects are financed from the dividends distributed by the two foundation companies.