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Quantum Optics: From Photons and Atoms to Molecules and Solid State Systems

Universitätszentrum Obergurgl, Obergurgl, Austria
24 February- 1 March 2008

Chaired by: Jörg Schmiedmayer, TU-Wien, Atominstitut der Österreichischen Universitäten, AT, Hanns-Christoph Nägerl & Helmut Ritsch, University of Innsbruck, AT

In the past years the field of quantum optics has begun to expand from its original domain covering basic photon(ic) and atom(ic) systems into the realm of molecular and solid state physics. Theory and experiment have progressed to the point where the traditional boundaries between the different areas have become less pronounced. The aim of this conference is to bring together scientists from these various fields now contributing to an increasing extent to quantum optics and adopting quantum optical approaches in order to study and discuss the similarities and synergies between the different realizations of quantum optical systems and to identify new trends and possible applications.

Quantum physics is fundamental for our understanding of nature, and it has thus been central for the development of new methods and technologies. Devices and applications are in general governed by classical physics, but more and more their basis is in the quantum world. Modern developments in the field of quantum optics and solid state physics show that quantum systems per se can be useful devices. For example, they can serve as small quantum computers or they can be used in a clock or interferometer for high-precision measurements. They find application in superconducting devices and can be used for secure quantum cryptography. A robust technological implementation of quantum physics has the potential to be one of the defining technologies of the 21st century.

Quantum physical concepts by themselves can have far reaching implications beyond their traditional applications. The concept of a quantum bit, contrasted to the classical bit, will force us to redefine our ways of classifying logical operations and consequently the complexity classes of computational and logical problems or even the concept of mathematical proofs. One of the great challenges in quantum optics today is to link different quantum systems to each other while preserving the quantum nature over the link. Another great challenge is to identify the border between the classical and the quantum world and to find ways to extend the quantum world into the mesoscopic regime.

The meeting is not just planned as a place to show results but will serve as the crystallization point for many new ideas in this rapidly developing field and provided a forum for building collaborations. There will be invited and contributed talks, as well as poster sessions and open discussions. Young people are especially encouraged to participate, as the meeting is very much looking forward to the future.

Scientific programme (including detailed list of invited speakers) and application form are accessible on-line through

Closing date for applications as well as for abstract submission: 16 December 2007

§ ESF-COST High-Level Research Conference

Natural Products Chemistry, Biology and Medicine

Hotel Villa del Mare, Acquafredda di Maratea, Italy
18-23 May 2008

Chaired by: K.C. Nicolaou, The Scripps Research Institute, US & Dieter Schinzer, University of Magdeburg, DE

The ESF-COST High-Level International Conference on ‘Natural Products Chemistry, Biology and Medicine’ will have a heavy European component in terms of both speakers and attendees (total of about 120). The conference will primarily focus on the synthesis, biology and medicine of naturally occurring substances and their designed analogues as well as related areas, such as chemical synthesis technologies and isolation.

The meeting will serve to bring together researchers from several parts of the EU and from around the world to discuss the latest developments in the field and to provide opportunities for young students to advance their education and training.

Scientific programme (including detailed list of invited speakers) and application form are accessible on-line through

Closing date for applications as well as for abstract submission: 24 February 2008


Financial Support available for both events, to cover the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs. Grant requests should be made by ticking appropriate field(s) in the paragraph "Grant application" of the application form.

Source: ESF


Mgr. Iveta Hemanovska
ESF contact

Slovak Academy of Sciences
Department of International Cooperation
Stefanikova 49
814 38 Bratislava
Slovak Republic

Tel.: + 421 2 5751 0136
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