"ZEISS develops innovative microscope systems for research in bioscience and materials science. Microscopy is one of the most necessary and innovative technologies within bioscience and materials science."

"Microscopes play an extremely important role in finding the right answers to our society’s most pressing questions. They are used in work on new sources of energy and in research into environmental pollution, neurological illness, cancer and infectious disease."

Support of scientific research

" ZEISS microscopes allow researchers to observe even the tiniest structures and processes in all kinds of tissues and organisms. They are used in the development of medicine, the study of micro-organisms and various other (living) cells, pathological research, zoology and botany. In materials science, microscopes are mostly used for quality research and inspection. The way in which materials react under diverse circumstances can also be investigated. Leading universities, research laboratories and companies throughout the world work with microscopes produced by ZEISS."

From cells to molecules

" ZEISS has developed a range of microscopes for diverse uses. These include not just light, ion and electron microscopes, but also a broad range of fluorescence microscopes and high-resolution X-ray microscopes. ZEISS microscope systems can allow structures measuring just one billionth of a metre to be seen. Innovative software solutions complement the microscope to make it possible for example to zoom in on images, to archive recorded images or to combine hundreds of images in time-lapse videos in order to show the evolution of organisms. ZEISS has also developed various optical sensors and colour filters to allow the difference between diverse tissues and structures to be better mapped. Over the years, ZEISS microscopes have won many awards for design and innovation."

Solid history

" ZEISS has a solid history in developing microscopes. It all started in 1846 when Carl Zeiss constructed his first microscope in his workshop. Models on offer evolved from simple and precise monocular light microscopes to more complex systems. The work of Ernst Abbe, Otto Schott and August Köhler played an important part in this development. Did you know that over 20 Nobel Prize winners for medicine, physics and chemistry used ZEISS microscopes for their groundbreaking work? ZEISS supports scientists doing innovative work through the biannual Carl Zeiss Research Award. The Carl Zeiss Foundation also works together with various research institutes on diseases including tuberculosis. This philosophy and history lies behind ZEISS’ support for the Micropia microbiological zoo. Microscopes are essential to making the world of micro-organisms visible and understandable."