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Professor Stefan W. Hell, holder of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2014, visited the students and professors at the Czech Technical University in Prague on 8 November. This was the fifth meeting of top international scientists at CTU held by Honeywell (NYSE: HON) under the Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering (HISE) program. The program is funded by Honeywell as part of its Honeywell Hometown Solutions Corporate Responsibility Initiative. HISE aims to encourage students to pursue their own activities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The program has already inspired thousands of students and educators around the world.

Professor Hell, who earned the Nobel Prize for developing high-resolution fluorescence microscopy, is one of 26 laureates of this most prestigious international award, with whoom Honeywell has been organising lectures at universities since 2006. The first took place at CTU. This year's visit was eleventh in the Czech Republic. Stefan Hell is the director of the Nanobiotonics Department at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen. He is in charge of the Department of Optical Nanoscopy at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg as well. He is credited for conceptualizing, validating and application of the first functional fluorescence microscope concept that surpassed Abbe's diffraction limit of the lens's resolving capability. For these achievements and for their crucial importance for other science disciplines, Hell received a number of awards, including the prestigious Kavli Award in Nanoscience.

Since 2006, Honeywell has implemented the HISE program at leading universities in China, the Czech Republic, India, Malaysia, Mexico and Romania. Several lectures of Nobel Prize winners and discussions with leading Honeywell engineers are taking place within the program. The Honeywell Technology Company is working closely with Czech universities in the technical field, co-organizing various lectures, research projects, student activities, and offering internships and research topics for diploma and doctoral theses.

Honeywell Hometown Solutions promotes interest in STEM training in the Czech Republic and other projects. Teachers of mathematics and natural sciences at primary and secondary schools have the opportunity to take part in the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy and Honeywell Green Boot Camp in the United States every year. In addition, Honeywell, in collaboration with SAE International, annually announces a worldwide student competition called Student Automotive Design Challenge, in which student teams can design, test and build remote controlled cars.