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First the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, then quantum research in Stuttgart

First the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, then quantum research in Stuttgart

After attend­ing this year’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, 18 young scient­ists took the oppor­tun­ity to visit IQST. The visit of the young scient­ists from Brazil, France, the UK, India, Canada, the Nether­lands, South Africa, the Czech Repub­lic and the USA was organ­ized by Baden-Württemberg Inter­na­tional (BW_i) as a follow-up program to the 2024 edition of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

IQST Director Prof. Stefanie Barz welcomed the guests and gave an overview of quantum research at IQST. The members of the deleg­a­tion then had the oppor­tun­ity to exper­i­ence cutting-edge quantum research at the Univer­sity of Stutt­gart up close during three labor­at­ory tours — through the labs of Prof. Joerg Wrachtrup, Prof. Sebastian Loth and Prof. Barz — and to look over the shoulders of young research­ers from Stuttgart.

During the guided tours of the labor­at­or­ies, there were lively discus­sions and many inter­ested questions. The guests were also impressed by the pioneer­ing research infra­struc­ture in Stutt­gart, in partic­u­lar the ZAQuant Center for Applied Quantum Techno­logy, which opened in 2021 and offers excel­lently equipped labor­at­or­ies for research into quantum sensor mater­i­als and for preci­sion measure­ments on quantum sensors. 

After their visit to Stutt­gart, the group will move on to Ulm, with further stops planned during the week through­out Baden-Württemberg. 

Photos: Ludmilla Parsyak / Gabriel Parsyak

IQST at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

IQST at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

This week, the 73rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings took place — with a focus on physics — bring­ing together 37 Nobel Laureates with almost 650 young scient­ists from all over the world. It was our distinct pleas­ure and privilege to actively contrib­ute to the programme of this unique event.

On the final day, parti­cipants were taken by boat to the closing ceremony on the pictur­esque island of Mainau, famous for its flowers and park landscape. The event was hosted by the state of Baden-Württemberg, and during the boat trip the passen­gers had the oppor­tun­ity to get to know the IQST. Shreya Kumar, a PhD student at the Univer­sity of Stutt­gart, gave a brief intro­duc­tion and, together with postdoc­toral researcher Vadim Vorobyov, welcomed guests to the IQST stand, where visit­ors could take a virtual tour of the lab and get a taste of what quantum research is like ‘from the inside’. Many people stopped by, includ­ing Nobel Laureate Klaus von Klitz­ing and numer­ous young scient­ists, with whom we had inspir­ing discussions. 

Many thanks again to all the visit­ors and to the organ­isers of this event for giving us the oppor­tun­ity to contribute. 

Photos: Shreya Kumar, Vadim Vorobyov

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IQST gradu­ate programme announcement

New call: IQST gradu­ate programme funded by QuantumBW

IQST is happy to announce a new gradu­ate programme funded through QuantumBW. 
The new gradu­ate programme will offer educa­tion and train­ing, network­ing events, and IP/start-up consult­ing and is open to all early-career research­ers in quantum science and techno­logy in Baden-Württemberg. The programme will be start­ing in October. 

In addition, we are welcom­ing applic­a­tions for 10 PhD projects that are funded through the programme. The focus of these positions is on closing the gap between basic research and techno­logy devel­op­ment, i.e. projects with high techno­lo­gical poten­tial which are still at an early stage. 

You are very welcome to apply for a PhD project as a tandem of an academic and an indus­trial partner. The academic super­vi­sion by a professor from a univer­sity in Baden-Württemberg is comple­men­ted by mentor from a local company. 

More inform­a­tion can be found by click­ing on the links below. For further questions, please contact us at gradschool-application@iqst.org

Call: Gradu­ate School

A wealth of inspiration

A wealth of inspiration

07 July 2024

With a bit of a delay, we look back on our recent IQST retreat for early-career research­ers. Held at the pictur­esque Reisens­burg castle near Ulm, the event once again combined excel­lent science, soft-skills train­ing and plenty of oppor­tun­it­ies for discus­sion and network­ing, to inspire and foster collab­or­a­tion across groups and institutions.

It was a partic­u­lar pleas­ure and privilege that also this year so many leading inter­na­tional research­ers came to share their enthu­si­asm and insights into an excit­ingly broad range of scientific topics:



  • Dr. Sieglinde Pfaend­ler (IBM) on future perspect­ives for quantum technologies
  • Prof. Urbasi Sinha (Raman Research Insti­tute) on secure quantum communication
  • Dr. Gerard McCaul (Tulane Univer­sity) on quantum dynam­ical emulation
  • Prof. Friedemann Reinhard (Universität Rostock) on challenges for quantum sensing
  • Dr. Laeti­tia Farin­acci (Univer­sity of Stutt­gart) on ESR, pump–probe spectro­scopy and STM
  • Prof. Markus Münzen­berg (Universität Greif­swald) on ultra­fast spintronics
  • Prof. Markus Gräfe (Technis­che Universität Darmstadt) on quantum imaging
  • Dr. Philipp Preiss (Max Planck Insti­tute of Quantum Optics) on quantum simula­tion using ultracold atoms

In addition to such enlight­en­ing scientific discourse, the retreat is also a platform for acquir­ing valuable trans­fer­able skills, this year with career coach Dr. Iris Köhler provid­ing advice and guidance on assess­ing one’s own competencies. 

An equally import­ant part of the retreat is the present­a­tion of parti­cipants’ own results in poster sessions. These provided a lively forum for sharing insights and ideas — with a touch of compet­i­tion, as two posters were to be awarded prizes. The prize eventu­ally went to two deserving winners, Dr. Manisha Samanta (Max-Planck Insti­tute for Solid State Research, Stutt­gart, Germany) and Jonathan Körber (Univer­sity of Stutt­gart). The discus­sions contin­ued over coffee breaks and dinners, and during the highlight of the social activ­it­ies — an excit­ing canoe trip.

Once again, our cordial thanks go to every­one who made this retreat a success, first and foremost our esteemed speak­ers, and the PhD Repres­ent­at­ives Niklas Gaiser, Manee­sha Ismail, Takuya Kitamura, Shreya Kumar, Rouven Maier, Jose Manuel Monter­ro­sas Romero and Mirko Rossini as well as IQST Science and Commu­nic­a­tion Manager Dimitra Kanta who organ­ized this inspir­ing event. 

(Photos: Dimitra Kanta)

When art and science meet

When art meets science

Art and science are famously inter­twined, with concepts such as symmetry, abstrac­tion and challen­ging your own percep­tion having import­ant roles in both. On Tuesday this week, IQST Director Prof. Stefanie Barz had the pleas­ure and privilege of visit­ing Petra Olschow­ski, the Minis­ter of Science, Research and Arts for the State of Baden-Württemberg (Minis­terium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg) for a meeting that was centred on both, art and science.

Professor Barz travelled to the ministry in the centre of the state capital Stutt­gart to present Minis­ter Olschow­ski with a copy of a graphic that was commis­sioned for IQST’s tenth anniversary, which we celeb­rated earlier this year. To mark the occasion, artist Andreas Tesch created the graphic “Yes and no.”, which captures both plain elegance and latent ambiguity. 

The silkscreen-on-paper graphic was printed in an edition of 50 copies. We are delighted that one of them now adorns the offices of Minis­ter Olschow­ski, who was a lecturer in art history — among various other roles in the Arts — before becom­ing Minis­ter of Science, Research and Arts.

Job alert — Head (m/f/d) admin­is­tra­tion and finan­cial controlling

Job alert

Head (m/f/d) admin­is­tra­tion and finan­cial controlling

We are looking for a new colleague to manage the finances of the IQST — Center for Integ­rated Quantum Science and Techno­logy as well as admin­is­trat­ive matters, to coordin­ate the commu­nic­a­tion with IQST Fellows, the IQST community and external share­hold­ers, and to organ­ise, plan and imple­ment events, workshops and conferences. 

For more inform­a­tion, please see the advert­ise­ment below. We look forward to receiv­ing your application. 

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Job alert — Execut­ive Director (m/f/d)

Job alert

Execut­ive Director (m/f/d)

We are looking for an Execut­ive Director to take a central role in the IQST — Center for Integ­rated Quantum Science and Techno­logy, by leading and devel­op­ing the manage­ment of IQST, imple­ment­ing exist­ing IQST programmes and initi­at­ing new ones, commu­nic­at­ing with the IQST community and repres­ent­ing the IQST, and managing the IQST administration.

IQST is dedic­ated to the devel­op­ment of innov­at­ive techno­lo­gies based on quantum physics. It was founded in 2014 as one of the first centres of its kind world­wide. Our aim is to foster syner­gies between the natural, engin­eer­ing and life sciences. IQST consists of a team of research­ers from the fields of physics, chemistry, engin­eer­ing and life sciences working at the Univer­sity of Stutt­gart, Ulm Univer­sity and the Max-Planck Insti­tute for Solid State Research, Stutt­gart, Germany, as well as other univer­sit­ies in Baden-Württemberg. IQST is currently funded by the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung, Ulm Univer­sity, and the Univer­sity of Stuttgart.

We are looking for candid­ates with knowledge of multi-stakeholder project manage­ment and the ability to manage paral­lel workflows and prior­it­ise accord­ing to object­ives and oppor­tun­it­ies, excel­lent organ­isa­tional skills, demand for preci­sion, atten­tion to detail, strong commu­nic­a­tion skills and ability to convey complex ideas to a wide range of stake­hold­ers in English and German, excel­lent scientific writing skills in English and German, ideally manage­ment exper­i­ence in a univer­sity context and with external funding applic­a­tions, a high level of self-motivation, problem-solving ability and flexib­il­ity as well as the ability to work both in a team and independ­ently, and an MSc or PhD in physics or another natural or engin­eer­ing science, prefer­ably with a background in quantum science and technology. 

Inter­ested? Please see the advert­ise­ment below for more inform­a­tion and details on how to apply. We look forward to hearing from you.

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IQST retreat 2024

IQST retreat 2024

For early-career researchers

The annual retreat of the IQST community will take place in 2024 again! This year’s retreat will be at the Schloss Reisens­burg, close to Ulm, from 22nd to 24th of May.

What you can expect:

  • Diverse Scientific Talks from Leading Inter­na­tional Research­ers
  • Social Activ­it­ies
  • Network­ing with fellow PhD Students and Profess­ors
  • Soft-Skill Seminars
  • Poster Sessions

You can find below the prelim­in­ary sched­ule of the retreat. The number of spaces is limited, so if you are inter­ested in taking part, please contact us at hello@iqst.org.

We hope to see you all there!

Workshop on Quantum Science and Technology

IQST — Quantum Inform­a­tion National Labor­at­ory of Hungary Workshop on Quantum Science and Technology

Workshop on Quantum Science and Technology

After last year’s success­ful workshop in Stutt­gart, which led to several new collab­or­a­tions, Center for Integ­rated Quantum Science and Techno­logy and the Quantum Inform­a­tion National Labor­at­ory of Hungary want to bring together ecosys­tem research­ers and developers in a new workshop. 

The workshop will offer a ground for discus­sions on topics in the field of quantum science and techno­logy as well as on collab­or­at­ive projects. In addition, there will be a special session for the industry.

The workshop is open to the IQST community and regis­tra­tion is mandat­ory through the provided invit­a­tion link.

Date: 3 – 4. April 2024

Venue:

Multi­me­dia Room, M26, ZQB (Centre of Quantum BioScience), Meyer­hof­straße, 89081 Ulm 

Programme:

3 April from 10.00 to 18.30 Scientific session with 2 breaks (topics related to quantum science and techno­logy and collab­or­at­ive projects) 

4 April from 9.00 to 11.30 Industry session 

from 13.00 to 16.00 Scientific session

A celeb­ra­tion of quantum

A celeb­ra­tion of quantum

The special symposium “IQST: A Decade of Quantum Advance­ments — Past, Present, and Future” in Stutt­gart was a celeb­ra­tion of the first 10 years of IQST, and of quantum science and techno­logy as a whole.

When the Center for Integ­rated Quantum Science and Techno­logy (IQST) was founded in 2014, it was one of the first of its kind in the world. Its ‘found­ing fathers’, Wolfgang Schleich (Ulm Univer­sity) and Tilman Pfau (Univer­sity of Stutt­gart), had the clear vision that a holistic approach was needed to advance quantum science in general and the emerging field of quantum techno­logy in partic­u­lar. To harness unique proper­ties of quantum systems for innov­at­ive techno­lo­gies, physi­cists, chemists, engin­eers and poten­tial users have to work hand in hand and develop novel theor­et­ical and exper­i­mental concepts, imple­ment them in practical systems, and estab­lish new capab­il­it­ies in well-chosen applic­a­tion to ultimately exploit their full potential. 

This cross-disciplinary approach became a hallmark of IQST. In her opening address, IQST Director Stefanie Barz (Univer­sity of Stutt­gart), who leads the centre since 2022 together with Fedor Jelezko (Ulm Univer­sity), gave a broad overview of what this means in practice. The IQST network has mentored more than 125 PhD students across scientific discip­lines, funded more than 80 collab­or­at­ive projects, welcomed 105 visit­ors, awarded eight teacher-student schol­ar­ships and six family-support grants, and sponsored 32 confer­ences. The community fostered exchange through dedic­ated IQST Days, sympo­sia, workshops and PhD retreats, reached out to the public in trade shows and by engaging with school classes, and secured an impress­ive volume of external funding for projects at the heart of the IQST mission.

A decade of growth

Over this past decade, the field of quantum techno­lo­gies has gained an aston­ish­ing momentum, attract­ing a huge number of research­ers across academic discip­lines and indus­tries world­wide. Stake­hold­ers in science, policy and educa­tion, as well as the general public, are also becom­ing increas­ingly aware of and inter­ested in the ‘second quantum revolu­tion’ and its promise to lead to new gener­a­tions of techno­lo­gies for comput­ing, commu­nic­a­tion and sensing. This growth is directly reflec­ted in the devel­op­ment of IQST, which had 23 fellows in 2014 and today brings together 52 research­ers and their groups. The network now extends beyond the three core insti­tu­tions — the Univer­sity of Stutt­gart, Ulm Univer­sity and the Max Planck Insti­tute for Solid State Research in Stutt­gart — bring­ing into the IQST family colleagues from other insti­tu­tions in Baden-Württemberg with whom IQST research­ers have collab­or­ated for many years. Major new initi­at­ives have emerged as well, in which the IQST and its members play central roles, such as QuantumBW, which was launched last year. 

The driving role of IQST in the wider ‘quantum ecosys­tem’ in Baden-Württemberg was also an aspect that Wolfram Ressel, Rector of the Univer­sity of Stutt­gart, and André Schmandke, Head of Research and Innov­a­tion Policy & Research in Life and Natural Sciences at the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, emphas­ised in their welcome addresses. The vibrancy of the IQST community was evident in the talks given by IQST Fellows, which covered the full spectrum of quantum science and techno­logy, but also in the way the IQST community — especially young scient­ists — inter­ac­ted during the discus­sion and poster sessions and at the confer­ence dinner, seizing the oppor­tun­ity to network with the many friends and colleagues from academia and industry who had come to Stuttgart. 

Natur­ally, the IQST activ­it­ies take place in a highly active inter­na­tional envir­on­ment. It was there­fore a partic­u­lar privilege and pleas­ure that many esteemed colleagues from around the world were able to join our celeb­ra­tion. The engaging plenary talks by Ivette Fuentes (Univer­sity of Southamp­ton), Mutsuko Hatano (Tokyo Tech), Pascale Senel­lart (Univer­sity of Paris Saclay), Michelle Simmons (Univer­sity of New South Wales), Andreas Wallraff (ETH Zurich) and Gregor Weihs (Univer­sity of Innsbruck) provided an exquis­ite overview of some of the most excit­ing research going on in the field today.

A bright future

Quantum techno­logy is a young field, and the symposium demon­strated how attract­ive it is not only academ­ic­ally, but also for those with an entre­pren­eur­ial spirit. During the IQST Start-up Session, repres­ent­at­ives from Swabian Instru­ments, Printop­tics, QC Design, NVision, Diatope and 21 Semicon­duct­ors gave an inspir­ing insight into the wider economic and societal impact that quantum techno­lo­gies will have.

As IQST enters its second decade, the future could not be brighter. Quantum techno­lo­gies are rapidly becom­ing avail­able for applic­a­tions in ever new fields, opening up new uncharted fronti­ers to be explored, creat­ing new needs for the emerging quantum-technology ecosys­tem, and present­ing new oppor­tun­it­ies and challenges to promote quantum science and techno­logy in a society that is increas­ingly aware of the poten­tial of quantum techno­lo­gies. This makes our holistic approach as relev­ant today as it was when IQST was founded.

Full programme

Photo credits: Jan Will