In this area you will find information on current and earlier events. The main topics are, of course, the annual meetings of the SPS, but also other conferences which have strong relations or are organised in conjunction with the SPS.

Below this page also lists short announcements for conferences of other institutions forwarded to us. Please contact the SPS Secretariat if you want your announcement to be placed here.


Joint Annual Meeting 2021

The next annual meeting will take place at the University of Innsbruck, in the week of 30 August - 3 September 2021. The well established tradition of organising the conference every second year jointly with the Austrian Physical Society (ÖPG) will be continued, again in collaboration with CHIPP and SFB BeyondC. An interesting and rich program is thus guaranteed.

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It is your conference, so we welcome contributions from all topical fields.

General Information (will be updated continuously)

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Other conferences and events

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Symposium

On Saturday 18 September 2021, a public symposium is dedicated to the physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845 - 1923). In 2020 his 175th birthday and the 125th anniversary of his discovery of X-rays should have been celebrated, but the occasion had to be shifted to 2021 due to the pandemics. The symposium will take place at the ETH Zürich / Hönggerberg. Several talks will highlight Röntgen's biography, as well as the current state of research and applications, in which X-rays play a fundamental role.

Since the combination of history and modern research is particularly attractive to young people, the organizing societies plan a special program in the morning before the Röntgen Symposium, where selected students, namely winners of the SwissPhO and similar competitions, can visit physics laboratories on Hönggerberg and get first-hand information about current research activities.

The public is cordially invited to attend the symposium lectures that will be given in English; admission is free and registration is not required.

The Young Talents Day and the Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Symposium is jointly organized by the Swiss Physical Society SPS, the Physikali­sche Gesellschaft Zürich PGZ, and the Swiss Academy of Sciences SCNAT.

Symposium program:

  • 13:15 - 14:00: Ralph Claessen, Universität Würzburg, Röntgen's discovery: from serendipity to scientific revolution
  • 14:00 - 14:45: Marco Stampanoni, ETH Zürich, 125 years of X-ray imaging and still eager to push further
  • 14:45 - 15:15: Kaffepause
  • 15:15 - 15:45: Clemens Schulze-Briese, Dectris Ltd. Baden, X-rays in industry and society, what we do today and what can be done tomorrow
  • 15:45 - 16:15: Davide Bleiner, EMPA, Progress in small scale X-ray lasers
  • 16:15 - 16:45: Stéphane Paltani, Université de Genève, The revolution of X-ray astronomy
  • 16:45 - 17:45: Apéro




Beamline for Schools 2021

Don’t miss the unique opportunity to move from school to a Particle Physics lab: team up with a group of motivated people and register to Beamline for Schools 2021:

CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, and DESY, Hamburg, Germany, invite high-school students (16 to 19 years old) to create the proposal for an experiment that they want to perform at the beamline of a particle accelerator. The teams that submit the best two proposals win a two-weeks long stay at DESY to carry out their experiments, with the support of a team of scientists from both CERN and DESY.

It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the fascinating world of Particle Physics, to experience what is like to be a scientist, and to get in touch with young people from all over the world. Take a look at the competition’s website ( for ideas and information.


molQueST Conference

13 - 17 September 2020 postponed to 8. - 12. September 2021, Congressi Stefano Franscini (CSF), Monte Verità, Ascona

Quantum Science Emerging from Atoms and Molecules at Surfaces » builds upon breakthroughs in the art of making atomic and molecular architectures. Electronic and nuclear quantum states can now be manipulated at the single atomic level in a controlled surface environment by using either local probes or global electric and magnetic fields. This conference, as a continuation of the ones of 2014 and 2017, will address the use of quantum and spin states in atoms and molecules at surfaces for sensing, information storage, and information processing (logic) devices.