MPHQ Scientific Events

In the framework of MPHQ summer schools and as well as research retreats take place in order to discuss joint research projects and to provide networking possibilities for young researchers.

IMPRS-MPHQ Summer School 2021

After we had to cancel the Summer School 2020 due to the pandemic, this years' MPHQ Summer School took place online from July 12th to July 16th, 2021.

The summer school was jointly organized with the Harvard Physics Department, as part of the MPHQ collaboration and the special research programme BeyondC.

One of the main objectives of this joint event were to foster networking and promote collaboration. Thus, the program included many interactive sessions, social activities, posters and PhD presentations.

The scientific program focused on the topics of  NISQ Era Quantum Computing and Topological Phases in Quantum Gases. Invited speakers included
- Prof. Monika Aidelsburger (LMU)
- Prof. Nathan Goldman (ULB)
- Prof. John Martinis (UCSB)
- Prof. Irfan Siddiqi (UC Berkeley)
- Prof. Nathan Wiebe (UW)

To round up the program, an industry session and soft skills training were organized: a webinar on the topic of mental health with Dr. Desiree Dickerson, and a talk on how to build a strong working relationship with the PhD supervisor by Dr. Martin Fladerer.

Thanks everybody for joining this fruitful event!!


IMPRS-MPHQ Summer School 2019

In July 2019 the first MPHQ Summer School took place, which was jointly organised with IMPRS-QST. About 60 PhD students from MPQ, Harvard and LMU attended the summer school, which consisted of lectures on different topics, poster sessions and PI talks. On their free afternoon the participants took part in different team building events, including a challenging hike in the Austrian Alps.

Summer School 2019 by IMPRS-QST and MPHQ

Prof. Rempe opening the IMPRS-MPHQ Summer School 2019 in Bad Aibling

Poster sessions during the IMPRS-MPHQ Summer School

IMPRS-MPHQ Summer School



MPHQ Scientific Meeting: 24 May 2019

The 2nd Scientific Meeting took place at Harvard University on 24 May 2019. MPHQ Postdocs presented their latest research in presentations as well as posters.


MPHQ Inauguration Ceremony: 11-12 January 2018

The first research retreat took place from the 11 to 13 January 2018 in Munich.

Around 200 participants listened to talks and presentations at the Institute for Advanced Study and the Deutsches Museum. Scientists from Harvard and MPQ presented and discussed their research projects and were able to convey their thrilling research topics to a larger public.

The Max Planck Harvard Research Center for Quantum Optics was officially opened by Prof. Martin Stratmann, President of Max Planck Society, and Prof. Jeremy Bloxham FRS, Dean of Science, Harvard University.

The scientific programme of the inauguration ceremony was completed by fascinating experimental demonstrations by Prof. Markus Greiner and Nobel laureate Prof. Wolfgang Ketterle.

Signing of the MPHQ Agreement

Prof. Immanuel Bloch on "Large scale quantum simulations using ultracold atoms in optical lattices"

Prof. Ignacio Cirac on "theoretical frontiers in quantum optics & information"

Inauguration Ceremony Ehrensaal (Deutsches Museum)

Prof. Kang-Kuen Li about "Fun with two atoms - a tale of collisions and reactions"

Prof. Heckl on the MPHQ inauguration

Scientific discussions & lunch break

Prof. Martin Stratmann (President MPG) about the prospects of the newly established MPHQ center

Prof. Wolfgang Ketterle experimenting on stage

Superfluids & Supersolids in action

Welcoming words of MPHQ director Prof. Gerhard Rempe

MPHQ directors Prof. Immanuel Bloch, Prof. Susanne Yelin, Prof. Gerhard Rempe & Prof. Markus Greiner (f.l.t.r.)

Prof. Mikhail Lukin on exploring new frontiers of quantum science in the framework of the center collaboration



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