Program Overview

Plenary Session

Eleven plenary talks, adressing latest advancements in different research fields will be presented in the morning sessions from Tuesday to Friday.

  • François Bouchet, Inst. d'Astrophysique de Paris: Cosmology with the Planck satellite
  • Ambrogio Fasoli, EPFL: Physics challenges for burning plasmas
  • Stefan Hell (Nobelpreis 2014), MPI für biophysikalische Chemie Göttingen: Nanoscopy with focused light
  • Klaus Kirch, ETH Zürich & PSI Villigen: Precision particle physics at low energies
  • Georg Kresse, Uni Wien: Beyond density functional theory: efficient many body techniques for condensed matter
  • Bruno Leibundgut, ESO München: The ESO science capabilities
  • Joël Mésot, PSI Villigen: SwissFEL: science opportunities at the newest facility of the Paul Scherrer Institute
  • Gerhard Meyer, IBM Rüschlikon: Scanning probe microscopy of single atoms/molecules on insulating films: Orbital imaging, molecular geometry and intramolecular charge distribution
  • Thomas Müller, TU Wien: Optoelectronics in two-dimensional atomic crystals
  • Arno Rauschenbeutel, TU Wien: Breaking the mirror symmetry of spontaneous emission via spin-orbit interaction of light
  • Gijs Wuite, Uni Amsterdam: Acoustic Force Spectroscopy

Furthermore two public lectures are scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday evening:

  • Jens Hesselbjerg Christensen, Danish Meteorological Institute Kopenhagen: The future of Earth's climate - is it really in our hands?
  • Cornelia Denz, Uni Münster: (Nonlinear Photonics)

Topical Sessions

The following parallel sessions will be held in the afternoons:

  • Applied Physics, Acoustics & Polymer Physics
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics, with special session Star formation along the Cosmic history
  • Atomic Physics and Quantum Photonics
  • Biophysics and Medical Physics
  • Careers for Physicists
  • Condensed Matter Physics (incl. NESY)
  • Geophysics, Atmosphere and Environmental Physics
  • History of Physics
  • Nuclear, Particle- & Astroparticlephysics
  • Plasmaphysics
  • Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Films
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Physik-Lehrerbildung im deutschsprachigen Raum

Dependent on the number and contents of the contributed papers, each topical session will be split into special thematic subsessions.

A special "Energy day" will take place on 31 August, with a focus on "Temperature gradients as energy sources". This part is independant of the main conference and will be open to the public without charge.

Poster Session

The poster session will be scheduled on 2 days, starting in the evening of 1 September, in the frame of an apéro, and being continued with a lunch buffet on 3 September. It is expected that the posters are put up from 1 - 3 September and being presented on both session days.

The three most outstanding posters will be awarded with a "Best poster prize", sponsored by EPL journal. Additionally to the above requirement, the first author of the poster must be personally present at the conference in order to qualify for the selection. The awards will be given in a small ceremony on Wednesday.

The maximum poster size is A0 (portrait).


Award Ceremony

As every year outstanding scientific works will be honoured with the SPS awards, in the respective fields of General Physics (sponsored by ABB Research Center), Con- densed Matter Physics (sponsored by IBM Zürich Research Laboratory), Applied Physics (sponsored by OC Oerlikon) and Metrology (sponsored by METAS), each granted with CHF 5000.- .

The ÖPG will honor candidates with the Boltzmann award, the Viktor-Franz-Hess award, the Anton-Paar award and the Roman-Ulrich-Sexl award.
The ceremony will be held on 1 September.

General Assembly

The general assembly is scheduled for 2 September. The agenda will be published in the SPS Communications No. 46. We encourage all members to actively participate and contact the committee if special points of interest should be discussed at the assembly.


Vendors Exhibition

A vendors exhibition will be organized in parallel to the sessions. An invitation letter will be mailed within the next weeks to interested companies. If your company would like to join the exhibition, but did not receive the letter, please contact the SPS Secretariat.


Conference Dinner

A conference dinner is scheduled for the evening of 2 September. More information will be available here.