Category name: Weizmann Women and Science Award

Prof. Dr. Ursula Keller

For pioneering and seminal contributions to ultrafast lasers technology and important breakthroughs in attosecond science

Ursula Keller has been a tenured professor of physics at ETH Zurich since 1993 (, and serves as a director of the Swiss research program NCCR MUST in ultrafast science since 2010 ( She received a „Diplom“ at ETH Zurich in 1984, a Ph.D. at Stanford University USA in 1989, was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs USA 1989 to 1993. She has been a co-founder and board member for Time-Bandwidth Products (acquired by JDSU in 2014) and for GigaTera (acquired by Time-Bandwidth in 2003). Her research interests are exploring and pushing the frontiers in ultrafast science and technology. Awards include the OSA Charles H. Townes Award (2015), LIA Arthur L. Schawlow Award (2013), ERC advanced grant (2012), EPS Senior Prize (2011), OSA Fraunhofer/Burley Prize (2008), Leibinger Innovation Prize (2004), and Zeiss Research Award (1998).