Summer/Winter Schools

The students of the IRTG are encouraged to participate in Research Schools worldwide. Some Schools are supported by the SFB and/or are organized by members of the SFB.

Current schools of interest are:


  •  DOQS 2018 meeting on MAny-body dynamics and open quantum systems
    October 16-19
    Glasgow (Scotland)
    This meeting will again bring together theorists and experimentalists from a range of fields related to open quantum systems and many-body dynamics, including cold atoms and molecules, trapped ions, and Rydberg gases. We plan to explore various aspects of these areas, including recent developments in new platforms for quantum simulation, and open many-body systems. This year, DOQS 2018 is combined with the annual meeting of the DesOEQ project,, on Designing out of equilibrium many-body quantum systems.

  • International School: Tensor Network based approaches to Quantum Many-Body Systems
    November 13-17
    MPIPKS in Dresden (Germany)
    Applications received before 20 September 2018 are considered preferentially.
    Tensor networks provide a new paradigm for describing quantum many-body systems. This school covers recent progress in the fast moving field of tensor network based simulations of quantum many-body systems. Its main goal is to teach young PhD students the basics of tensor networks as well as the most recent technical developments within the field.
    Poster: pdf

  • Multi-electrode nanoscale transport with non-equilibrium Greens functions: From tight-binding to DFT
    November 20-23
    DTU Nanotech, Lyngby (Denmark)
    Participation fee: 100 €
    This is the third time this workshop will take place. The workshop is aimed at teaching participants the usage of the three combined tools:
    • 1. TBtrans (NEGF transport calculator for N-electrodes)
    • 2. TranSiesta (DFT+NEGF method for N-electrodes)
    • 3. sisl (Python tool for manipulating DFT Hamiltonians, creating tight-binding Hamiltonians and subsequent data analysis)
  • Workshop on Use-cases from quantum technologies for sensing and metrology
    December 10-11
    Grenoble (France)
    Registration fee: 72 €
    A 1st of its kind, this workshop aims to explore the use-cases from quantum technologies for sensing and metrology applications.
    The chosen method is based on a prospective analysis associating quantum technology experts, and technology prescribers in their field (research, industry or market), able to define the relevant performances, needs and ultimately markets.


  •  687. Heraeus-Seminar on Scalable Hardware Platforms for Quantum Computing
    January 13-17
    Bad Honnef (Germany)
    Deadline for registration: October 19, 2018
    The seminar will concentrate on the three main potentially scalable quantum architectures — ion traps, spin qubits in quantum dots, and superconducting qubits. The focus will lie on the technical challenges and the ecosystem to be developed in order to achieve a scalable quantum computer.

  • Second International Workshop on the Frontiers of Nanomechanical Systems (FNS/2019)
    February 10 - 14
    Palm Springs, CA (USA)
    Frontiers of Nanomechanical Systems workshops serve to bring together the international research community engaged in fundamental research on micro- and nano- electromechanical systems (MEMS & NEMS). These are “working” meetings intended to promote the cross-fertilization of ideas, approaches, and techniques in this rapidly-developing area. Nanomechanical systems have emerged as a versatile platform for fundamental science and applications; they are well-controlled, interrogatable, and well-characterized, and fill in the gap between the microscopic world of molecular vibrations and the world of macroscopic vibrational systems. The research frontiers they open lie at the interface between quantum & classical nonlinear dynamics and extend from condensed matter physics to statistical physics, many-body physics far from thermal equilibrium, and nanotechnology.

  • School and Workshop at ICTP: Ubiquitous Quantum Physics: the New Quantum Revolution
    February 18 - March 1
    Trieste (Italy)
    The activity will focus on the following three topics that appear to stand out as the most innovative and fast growing fields of research:
    i) Quantum dynamics in the macro-world: quantum coherence and entanglement
    ii) Quantum theory as an interdisciplinary paradigm: quantum information and simulation
    iii) Quantum physics for a technology boost: quantum devices and machines

  • International Workshop Atomic tunneling Systems and fluctuating Spins interacting with superconducting Qubits
    February 25 - March 1
    MPIPKS in Dresden (Germany)
    Atomic tunneling systems and fluctuating spins constitute a serious nuisance for various Josephson junction-based devices, where they act as a source of noise and decoherence. The workshop aims to advance the fundamental understanding of tunneling systems, spins and superconducting qubits and their interaction, and to promote progress towards future applications like quantum computing

  • 50th IFF Spring School Scattering! Soft, Functional and Quantum Materials
    March 11 – 22
    Jülich (Germany)
    Registration: November 05, 2018 - January 10, 2019
    The goal of the Spring School is to enable students and young researchers to apply the entire tool box of advanced scattering methods to their topical research in order to provide them with otherwise unobtainable microscopic information. To this end, we will teach the basics of scattering, introduce the various radiation sources with the particular properties of the corresponding radiation, familiarize students with the appropriate methods and instruments and show how modern scattering methods can be applied to provide essential and unique contributions to help solve the grand challenges facing our modern societies such as energy supply, health, environment, transport and information technology.

  • Son et Lumière 2019: Wave Interactions at the Nanoscale
    March 11 - 22
    Les Houches (France)
    This international school will constitute the 7th edition of the Son et Lumière school series devoted to nanophononics, a multidisciplinary research field aiming at studying vibrations (phonons) in systems with a nanometric size or structuration, as well as their interaction with light and other waves. The two main goals of the school are to favor interactions between the different communities involved in nanophononics (optics, acoustics, thermal transfer, optomechanics, …) and to provide a detailed overview of this field for young researchers.

  •  NanoPhysics conference:  “Les Rencontres de Moriond”
    March 16 - 23
    La Thuile (Italian Alps)
    Registration deadline: January 31, 2019
    This meeting is the follow-up to seven conferences on quantum nanoelectronics organized in the Alps during the winters of 1994, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2008 and 2011. We are organizing a new meeting, entitled « Quantum Mesoscopic Physics », with the goal of presenting state-of-the-art topics of nanophysics and related areas, in the same spirit as former Rencontres de Moriond conferences. We expect, as in the previous ventures, around 150 participants. The conference session will take place in the Hotel Planibel. It is located in the ski resort of La Thuile in the Italian Alps, at about 150 km from Geneva.

  • Workshop on 'Bound States in Superconductors and Interfaces' (BOSSA)
    April 8-10
    Max Planck Institute, Dresden (Germany)
    Recent tunneling studies for quantum impurities/dots coupled to superconducting bulk materials have revealed such phenomena as: (i) tunable quantum phase transition between the BCS-like and singly occupied states [responsible for the 0-π transition in Josephson junctions], (ii) unusual relationship between the subgap Kondo effect and electron pairing, (iii) non-local processes due to the crossed Andreev reflections (or Cooper pair splitting), (iv) dynamical transitions driven by a.c. fields, quantum quench effects, and many other. Main purpose of this workshop is to bring together experts of the Andreev and/or Josephson spectroscopies to exchange information about the state-of-art techniques and reliable computational methods for analysis of the bound states in various heterostructures, which are important for fundamental science and future technological applications. The workshop will give an opportunity for younger scientists to become acquainted with fundamental properties of the bound states and their exotic mutations, e.g. in topological materials

  • 15th Capri Spring School on Transport in Nanostructures 2019
    May 5 - 12
    Capri Island (Italy)
    Registration: until January 11, 2019
    Registration fee: 800 Euro
    This one week spring school will provide several lectures by leading experts supplemented by a few shorter seminars. The year 2018 school will address New directions in topological condensed matter physics. The speakers will give graduate level presentations introducing to state-of-the-art methods and techniques featuring the key issues of the field of superconducting quantum devices. While the school is primarily aimed at instructing PhD students and young postdoctoral researchers, more senior scientists who want to acquaint themselves with the subject of the school are also welcome.
    Poster: pdf

  • International Wigner Workshop 2019
    May 20-24
    Hilton Orrington Evanston, Illinois (USA )
    The IW2 2019 will be the third installment of the 2015 International Wigner Workshop series established by the Wigner Initiative and will continue to provide a platform for a growing community. It will continue to bring together researchers in the many fields of physics, chemistry, and engineering where Wigner functions are applied. The International Wigner Workshop series follows a biennial schedule and was established in 2015 as a one day workshop. Due to a continuously growing community since the 2015 and 2017 workshops, IW2 will switch to a two-day program in 2019

  •  AMOLF International Nanophotonics
    June 17-21
    Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    The Center for Nanophotonics at AMOLF is organizing an International Nanophotonics School for PhD students and postdocs that will focus on hot topics in modern fundamental nanophotonics science. A unique line-up of top-scientists have agreed to serve as lecturers for the school, all of whom are also known to be excellent teachers. The number of attendees is limited to 80.

  • Topological Quantum Matter: Concepts and Realizations
    August 26 - November 22
    Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California (USA)
    Application deadline: September 9, 2018
    One of the recurring central themes in physics is the search for exotic phases of matter stemming from strong correlations between constituent particles. Among these, topological states have become a major research direction in the past decade, from quantum spin liquids, to topological insulators and superconductors, to examples in photonics and mechanical systems. Despite a plethora of promising visions towards application and implementation, a number of serious challenges remain. One of them is the lack of reliable models, with the exception of very few that lend themselves to an exact solution, to address the emergence and stability of topological phases in the presence of strong interactions. Another major challenge is the difficulty in elevating the description of topological phases from the zero-temperature ground state to finite temperatures, which is necessary to probe them experimentally, and ultimately render them accessible at technologically operable conditions. To successfully address these problems, this program will bring together theorists, computational physicists, and a broad range of experimentalists. The goal is to stimulate the dialogue between practitioners of different approaches, to identify, as concretely as possible, the open problems in the field, and by bringing together experts from different communities, to help advance the research frontier.

  • Spin and Heat Transport in Quantum and Topological Materials
    October 21 - December 20
    Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California (USA)
    Application deadline: Sep 30, 2018
    The fields of spintronics, quantum magnetism, topological matter, and quantum criticality have seen progress with breakthroughs in concepts, techniques, and materials. The unifying goals of these fields are to understand novel collective effects that arise in quantum condensed matter systems with common underlying physics, often united through topology and common symmetries. Despite these common goals, these areas of research are still largely unconnected. This program will offer an opportunity for synergies and defining of new directions.

  • Spintronics Meets Topology in Quantum Materials
    November 12 - 15
    Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California (USA)
    Registration: until October 13, 2019
    Registration Fee: $330
    This conference is intended to kickstart the program "Spin and Heat Transport in Quantum and Topological Materials" which combines the fields of spintronics, quantum magnetism, topological matter, and quantum criticality. It explores connections between the most recent experimental and theoretical progress in these areas, setting the stage for the program and establishing targets and key grand challenges.

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