International Summer School on Computational Quantum Materials

The International Summer School on Computational Quantum Materials 2020 will be hosted in Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada from June 1-12, 2020.

The power of quantum mechanics as a description of nature has never been clearer. But it remains a formidable challenge to solve the equations that are necessary to understand collective electronic properties of complex solids. Conceptual advances, new algorithms and the power of modern computers have allowed numerical methods to rank amongst new theoretical frameworks that are indispensable for this purpose. This School will focus on computational tools for both models and ab-initio methods that deal with so-called "quantum materials" whose spectacular properties range from high-temperature superconductors to large thermopower materials. These properties are consequences of the non-trivial quantum mechanical nature of electrons and of their interactions.

The merging of methods for models of strongly correlated quantum materials with ab-initio methods now allows one to make predictions for materials with d and f electrons that were unimaginable until recently. A good part of the School will be devoted to these. Extensive hands-on training on freely available codes, ABINIT, TRIQS, and a few others such as COMSCOPE, Wannier90, Z2pack and NESSI will be an integral part of the School.

Lectures will be pedagogical, presented in a logical sequence and some review material will make sure students are on the same page. About two-thirds of the schooling time will be spent learning numerical methods, but each one will also be abundantly illustrated with applications on topics of current research interest. Formal presentations will be in the morning and just before a late dinner. There will  be posters sessions and ample time for discussions in the afternoon.

Students should have at least one year of graduate work and be familiar with advanced quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics. A few places will be available to postdocs and Faculty members. Exceptionally, they can request to attend only part of the school. International students need to obtain a visa or to show their admission letter upon entry, depending on their country of origin. All students can register for this School as a three credit PhD level course with Université de Sherbrooke (there will be 45 hours of lecture, equivalent to a one-semester course). There are no fees for registration or tuition to the course. There will be a discount on living expenses for those that register for credit.

Application deadline: February 15th, 2020

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ICTP-SAIFR Minicourse on introduction to quantum computation and simulability

ICTP-SAIFR will host a minicourse on introduction to quantum computation and simulability which take place in São Paulo, Brazil between October 15-19, 2018. This minicourse will introduce the essentials of the fascinating field of quantum computation and its (classical) simulability. The scope of the course will be self-contained. The course will start from a general overview of the basics of quantum information, but will progress towards more advanced topics requiring a higher level of mathematical abstraction. In particular, the course intends to address current research topics, including: approaches to the demonstration of quantum computational supremacy; useful and reliable quantum simulators; verification of quantum computations; connections with machine learning, etc.

The course is aimed at graduate students (or advanced undergrads) of all areas of physics, computer science, and mathematics. Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics is required and will be assumed. Even so, motivated mathematicians and computer scientists with no prior knowledge of quantum mechanics are also welcome, provided they read chapters 1 and 2 of the book “Quantum computer science”, by N. David Mermin (Cambridge University Press), as a preparation for the course.

There is no registration fee and limited funds are available for travel and local expenses.

Registration deadline: Friday, August 17, 2018. Register here

School of Quantum Communications Networks

The workshop will take place at the Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, in Padova, Italy, from 19 to 22 September 2018. This school will feature talks by leading scientists in the field on the development of quantum communications networks. Representatives from industry will also contribute to the programme. The attendants are expected to be familiar with basic quantum applications such as QKD and quantum teleportation. The school also provides a unique opportunity for discussion and to share ideas.

Application Deadline Date: July 1

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Okinawa School in Physics: Coherent Quantum Dynamics

The study of quantum coherent dynamics is currently one of the most active and exciting areas in physics. It holds the promise for the development of new technologies (quantum computing, quantum metrology,...) and, at the same time, has already delivered insights into the foundations of quantum mechanics. Its fast moving pace and new approach has attracted many young researchers and summer schools - at which leading experts share their knowledge and directly interact with the participants - have become an integral part of the community.

The school will consist of lectures delivered by Japanese and international experts on the fundamentals of the area.

This will be supplemented by accessible presentations (colloquia) on cutting-edge research problems.

All participants should present a poster based on their current research.

Registration fee 10,000JPY. Payment method will be informed later. The costs for meals and accommodation (in twin-shared rooms at Seaside House) will be covered for all participants by OIST.

About 10% of international applicants will be given full travel support. This is fully reserved for those applicants from disadvantaged regions of the world. If you are not from a disadvantaged region, please do not apply for this. We can offer a travel bursary of 50% flight support to most other applicants, but please provide justification for this bursary. Students from Japanese universities may be eligible for full cover of their airfare through ImPACT.

Confirmed Lecturers


  • Markus Arndt, University of Vienna, Austria (L)
  • Jacqueline Bloch, Centre de Nanosciences et de Nanotechnologies, CNRS, Université Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay, France (L)
  • Claudiu Genes, Max Planck Institute for the science of light, Germany (L)
  • Michèle Heurs, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany (L)
  • William D. Oliver, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (L)
  • Patrik Öhberg, Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences (IPaQS), Heriot-Watt University, UK (L)
  • Mio Murao, The University of Tokyo, Japan (C)
  • Noboru Sasao, Okayama University, Japan (C)
  • Ferdinand Schmidt-Kaler, University of Mainz, Germany (L)
  • Yosuke Takasu, Kyoto University, Japan (C)
  • Akihisa Tomita, Hokkaido University, Japan (C)
  • Sebastian Wüster, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal, India (L)

L: Lectures
C: Colloquium