VCQ Summer School 2021


The last decade has seen enormous progress in the technologies enabled by quantum mechanics. In recent years new interdisciplinary fields have emerged where quantum mechanics has seen applications in sensing and imaging.

The use of novel quantum systems as sensors has expanded the range of their applications from gravimetry to bio-sensing. Simultaneously, efforts have been made to use the classical and quantum properties of light to overcome diffraction-limited resolution and retrieving sparse images from a complex medium by manipulating light.

In this year’s VCQ summer school, four distinguished professors will introduce the participants to the basics of quantum sensors and imaging techniques and their applications in various fields. It will be a fascinating lecture series for early-stage researchers.
Confirmed Speakers & Lecture Series

  • Philippe Bouyer (CNRS, Institut d’Optique, Bordeaux, France):
    Quantum Gravimeters using atomic systems
  • Dmitry Budker (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany):
    Zero- to ultralow-field NMR: From chemistry to dark matter
  • Fedor Jelezko (Universität Ulm, Germany):
    Quantum sensing with NV centers in diamond
  • Miles Padgett (University of Glasgow, UK):
    Imaging with entangled photons

When & Where

The event will take place between the 6th and 10th of September 2021 at the TU Wien, Vienna, Austria. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic still happening around the world we were only able to invite a limited number of people to attend the Summer School in person. However we have decided to livestream the lectures online. In order to receive the link please register for the Summer School and the link will be sent to you shortly before the Summer School starts. 

Registration Fee

Online event: All registered applicants can attend the online lectures free of charge.

In-person event: A registration fee of €150 is applied, which includes lectures, coffee breaks and the conference dinner (Accommodation has to be organized and paid by the participants themselves). Students associated with TU Wien, University of Vienna, IST Austria, and Austrian Academy of Sciences can attend the school free of charge.

Organizing Committee

  • Federica Cataldini (TU Wien)
  • Nadine Hilmar (TU Wien)
  • Bianca Kämpf (University of Vienna)
  • Pradyumna Paranjape (TU Wien)
  • Riya Sett (IST Austria)
  • Amin Tajik (TU Wien)
General enquiries are taken via

Lecture Course

The summer school will be also listed as a lecture course at the TU Wien and the University of Vienna. Please note that you need to register separately for the course if you want to take the exam and the credits. Check here for more information later.


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Statement of inclusiveness

We refuse to compromise the ideals of academic freedom and open exchange. We affirm that scientific events have to be open to everybody, regardless of class, financial situation, race, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, pregnancy, immigration status, academic affiliation, or any other aspect of identity.

We believe that such events have to be supportive, inclusive, and safe environments for all participants. We believe that all participants are to be treated with dignity and respect. Discrimination and harassment cannot be tolerated. We are committed to ensuring that the scientific events in which we participate follow these principles.


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