With about 30 scientists on Ph.D and postdoctoral levels, we are conducting a variety of projects which are publicly as well as privately funded, including collaborations with major specialty glass producers from Asia, Europe and the Americas. Our annual turnover in third-party funding is about 1.5 Mio. €. We are grateful to our main sponsors, the European Research Council, the European Commission through its Horizon 2020 Framework Program, the German Science Foundation, the Carl Zeiss Foundation and the German Ministry of Science and Education, for their continuous support.