Program 2018

  • Doctoral training: Winter school on physics with trapped charged particles
    From January 8, 2018 to January 19, 2018
    "The school will cover various topics of physics with trapped charged particles. Lectures will cover basic trap physics and recent developments in Penning traps, Paul traps etc., collective behavior and (non-neutral) plasmas, as well as applications for fundamental physics, precision spectroscopy, quantum information, frequency standards, antimatter. Lectures will be systematically complemented by a series of tutorials/exercice sessions. Two poster sessions where participants present their work, and a half-day visit to CERN will also be organised. The participants will each receive a copy of the textbook that is written for the school and is based on the last school in 2015.”
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  • Imaging metabolism
    From January 21, 2018 to January 26, 2018
    Metabolism is central in brain activity and firing of neurons; in heart and muscle physiology; cancer is a metabolic glutton; accumulation of metabolic waste leads to atheroma; and diabetes, obesity and other metabolic disorders are the plague of modern medicine. Novel metabolites emerge in oncology as drivers of disease; while our microbiome as well as pathogens exert some of their beneficial and detrimental effects via their own unique metabolism. Non-invasive imaging is now crossed with high throughput metabolomics and mathematical analysis of metabolic pathways to produce game-changing concepts.
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  • Frank HEKKING memorial workshop
    From January 28, 2018 to January 30, 2018
  • CERN LHCb-Team retreat
    From January 31, 2018 to February 2, 2018
    The members of the CERN LHCb-Team will meet to review their scientific activities. The recent results as well as the planning for the future operation and upgrade of the LHCb experiment shall be discussed in particular with the young postdocs, in order to identify areas where additional effort would be most welcome. The retreat shall reinforce cooperation and mutual understanding among all members of the team.
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  • Spin mechanics & nano-MRI
    From February 11, 2018 to February 16, 2018
    AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This meeting will bring together an interdisciplinary community of scientists, students and engineers interested in the broader development of novel techniques to excite and detect spin dynamics at the nanoscale through mechanical-optical-electronic systems coupling. More specifically this École will present the recent research progress and the future frontier in information technology research that exploits the magnetic resonance spectroscopy at the nanoscale.
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  • Evolution of diversity
    From February 25, 2018 to March 2, 2018
    At all scales, biology presents an astounding diversity of length and time scales. On the sub-cellular scale, molecular competition and positive feedback acting on short time scales maintain cells in specialized states, setting the foundation for complexity of multicellular organisms. On larger scales, competition in turn selects for ecosystems where different species coexist over long time. This general pattern calls for research with a focus on diversity, with competition as its “engine". The meeting should facilitate new initiatives in exploring the origin and sustainability of diversity.
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  • Energy transitions: toward an international panel on energy science
    From March 4, 2018 to March 9, 2018
    Taking into account the issues of climate change and resource exhaustion, this session will be dedicated to a transdisciplinary effort to discuss possible ways to engage into the energy transition. We will discuss how economic models can take into account the physical world, as well as the contributions new technologies could bring to this effort. Financial mechanisms as well as public policies coherent with these goals will also be part of the discussion. We will thus analyze how physical constraints can be better taken into account to meet these oncoming challenges.
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  • Origin and evolution of water and associated volatile elements-carbon, nitrogen, noble gases-in the early Solar System
    On March 11, 2018
    Volatile elements/species such as water, carbon, nitrogen, noble gases, play a fundamental role in the condensation of solids, in the accretion of planets, and in the formation of their atmospheres. Through the analysis of terrestrial samples, meteorites and recent space missions, we have gained insights into the origin and evolution of nebular gases, asteroids, comets and differentiated bodies. This school will discuss recent advances in our understanding of the solar system and be at the frontier between planetary sciences, astronomy and cosmochemistry.
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  • Fluorescence markers for advanced microscopy: from photophysics to biology
    From March 18, 2018 to March 23, 2018
    This biophysics school aims at training students and young researchers to master the fluorescent labels used in advanced fluorescence microscopy: their diversity, their mechanisms, their practical use and the developments in the field.
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  • Physics of solar cells: from basics to nanoscience
    From March 25, 2018 to March 30, 2018
    This school is focused on the physics of solar cells. It will cover fundamental principles and theoretical limits, the role of interfaces and heterostructures, modeling, photonics, fabrication and characterization techniques, and advanced concepts for high efficiency. It will be shown that the recent progress of the different technologies (Si, CIGS, CdTe, III-V, perovskite,…) are based on similar concepts and should mutually inspire each other. A special emphasis will be given to nanoscience and nanotechnologies, which bring new tools to overcome the limits of conventional solar cells.
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  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the interstellar medium: observational, experimental and computational tools
    From April 1, 2018 to April 6, 2018
    Theme: This doctoral training program will give a comprehensive view of the role of PAHs in space with thorough introductions to astronomical observations & theory, experimental & quantum chemical techniques relevant for the study of PAHs in the interstellar medium of galaxies, and observing opportunities from the ground and with the to-be-launched James Webb Space telescope.Topics: The molecular Universe; Interstellar PAHs; Observations of PAHs; Laboratory studies of PAHs; Quantum chemical studies of PAHs; Observing from the ground and from JWST; PAH data bases
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  • Mechanobiology of polarized cells
    From April 8, 2018 to April 13, 2018
    Building tissues and organs require cells to perform dynamic processes involving changes in their mechanical properties. Recent advances in the study of cellular processes regulating growth development, adhesion, and migration, show a significant transition towards interdisciplinary research at the interface of cell biology, physics and engineering. The aim of the school ’’Mechanobiology of polarized cells’’ is to focus on how intrinsic physical properties of cells and environment govern cellular behaviour. In particular, the series of lectures will provide an extraordinary number of new insights into the specific relation between environmental sensing and signal transduction, membrane tension and cellular properties/activities like cell volume, endocytosis or signalling as well as force generation and tissue formation. A few talks will decipher more technical aspects presenting recent advances in methods to measure cell stiffness and single-molecule mechanics.
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  • Excitonics for photonic applications
    From April 16, 2018 to April 27, 2018
    This thematic school addresses the burgeoning field of excitonics, understood here as the science and engineering of excitons in disordered and low dimensionality semiconductors: organic semiconductors, hybrid perovskites or colloidal nanoparticles. These materials share many common points: they can be solution-processed, they have identical applications in photonics for the detection or emission of light, and ultimately excitons are the cornerstone of their optoelectronic properties.
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  • Third scientific workshop of the SVOM mission: disentangling the merging universe with SVOM
    From May 13, 2018 to May 18, 2018
    The operation of the gravitational wave detectors opened a new era for the observation of the transient sky. The objective of this workshop is to review the merging of compact objects both theoretically and observationally.Based on these discussions, workshop participants will try to refine the SVOM observation strategy in the case of Target of Opportunity request in response to a compact object merger alert. These recommendations will be reflected in the scientific documents of the mission.
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  • Quantum fields, scattering and spacetime horizons: mathematical challenges
    From May 21, 2018 to May 25, 2018
    The mathematical developments in Quantum Field Theory on curvedspacetimes provide an exceptional testing ground for concepts at theinterface of classical and quantum physics. The aim is to bring expertmathematicians and theoretical physicists with the goal of addressingchallenging problems in the description of phenomena where asymptoticor global aspects play a crucial role, and exploring the connectionswith recent advances in scattering theory, conformal methods andmicrolocal analysis.
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  • Protein dynamics
    From May 27, 2018 to June 1, 2018
    This workshop is a forum for presenting, teaching and discussing results fromthe application of state-of-the-art experimental (including, but not limited to optical spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy, THz spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, XFELs, electron microscopy, AFM and scattering methods), and theoretical and computational approaches to studying protein dynamics.
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  • Structures in local quantum field theory
    From June 4, 2018 to June 15, 2018
    This workshop will cover recent developments in the study of quantumfield theory and amplitudes. Covering number-theoretic aspects ofFeynman diagram computations and non-perturbative aspects of QFT, itwill focus on:-Periods and special functions in renormalizable quantum field theories-QFT, graph complexes, and Outer Space-Cutkosky rules, algebraic geometry and parametric representations-Dyson Schwinger Equations and non-perturbative physics.
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  • Ultracold quantum matter
    From June 17, 2018 to June 22, 2018
    Quantum mechanics is the basis of our understanding of the microscopic world. It is also central to the collective behavior of matter at low temperatures, leading to properties that defy our intuition. In 2013, the ERC has awarded a Synergy grant to the teams of E. Altman, I. Bloch, J. Dalibard and P. Zoller for taking this research field to a new level, using the most recent advances in the control of atomic and molecular systems. This meeting will give the opportunity to all members of these teams to gather and pursue their collaborative work, and to exchange with other guest leading scientists of this field.
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  • Quantum fluids of light and matter
    From June 24, 2018 to June 29, 2018
    The School is devoted to the many-body physics of photon and polariton gases. This emerging field is relevant for systems with controllable photon-photon interactions, including nonlinear optical microstructures, superconducting quantum circuits, opto-mechanical resonators and atomic cavity QED networks. Photon and polariton gases also constitute a very promising platform for quantum simulation in the area of Quantum Technologies. The main objective of the school is to facilitate the exchanges and collaborations between people from different fields related to many-body physics.
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  • Summer school: Gravitational waves
    From July 2, 2018 to July 27, 2018
    The school will cover the emerging field of gravitational and multi-messenger astronomy, following the discovery of GW150914 and GW170817.We can soon expect many other detections, which will open up a new window on astrophysical objects such as compact binary systems (black holes, neutron stars), supernovae, pulsars, a stochastic gravitational wave background, or even unexpected objects.The objective of the school is to provide a large number of students with a solid corpus in most aspects of the field.
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  • Summer school: Integrability in atomic and condensed matter physics
    From July 30, 2018 to August 24, 2018
    Many developments have recently occurred in the field of exactly-solvable quantum models in one dimension. Integrability-based methods have found applications in describing equilibrium dynamical properties of spin chains and quantum gases, allowed to study transport problems in detail, and have opened up new research fronts in out-of-equilibrium physics. The purpose of this school is to provide a solid grounding in integrability and its applications, bringing young researchers up-to-date with the most recent developments.
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  • Summer school: Active matter and non-equilibrium statistical physics
    From August 27, 2018 to September 21, 2018
    Active matter constitutes a novel, rapidly growing field, which attracts scientists from very different and independent scientific communities, in applied mathematics, chemistry, physics — from statistical mechanics theoreticians to soft-matter experimentalists —, or biology—from molecular scales up to animals and populations. Recent progress thus emerges from studies that have been performed from very different perspectives and communities.For this school, we have gathered both experts from the subfields that make up the Active Matter community (statistical mechanics, hydrodynamics, soft matter, theory & experiments, simulators) and leading experts in the surrounding field of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, to provide world-class training in the methods that are currently used in and around active matter. The purpose of this school is thus to provide the audience both with a solid training in all the basic methods of non-equilibrium physics and to expose them to the recent trends in the Active Mat
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  • Cloud academy: cloud formation and properties in extrasolar planets
    From September 23, 2018 to September 28, 2018
    Clouds and hazes have fundamental impact on the physical structure and appearance of planetary atmospheres and even influence the habitability of earth-like planets. Recent years brought an abundance of data on clouds in exoplanets and brown dwarfs. In the school we will review physical models for cloud formation in Solar System planets, observational constraints on clouds in exoplanets, and relevant laboratory studies.
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  • Doctoral training: Ultracold Fermions
    From October 1, 2018 to October 12, 2018
    The field of ultracold atoms has flourished into a very diverse and active community, involving hundreds of laboratories worldwide. Ultracold atoms are now commonly seen as a platform to study quantum phenomenon -- from molecular to many-body physics -- and to perform high-precision measurements. This school will gather early graduate students and focus on the physics of ultracold Fermi gases. The school will also, following the established tradition, offer a serie of lectures on general aspects on cold atoms physics.
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  • Doctoral training: Internal Earth
    From October 15, 2018 to October 26, 2018
  • CERN Theory department retreat
    From November 7, 2018 to November 9, 2018
Published on  September 19, 2017
Updated on August 13, 2020