Conference Overview

Plenary Session

Ten plenary talks will be adressing latest advancements in different research fields.

  • Hatice Altug, EPFL: Frontiers in Nanophotonics: Enabling Technology for Next Generation Biosensors (cancelled)
  • Brigitte Bach, AIT Wien / Salzburg AG: Energy Transition in Austria - perspectives from an utility as critical lever
  • Hans Peter Beck, Universität Bern: Physics & Education - Perspectives from Particle Physics
  • Michael Benedikt, CERN: The Future Circular Collider Feasibility Study
  • Ulrike Diebold, TU Wien: Where Physics meets Chemistry: Surfaces at the Atomic Scale
  • Kevin Heng, Universität Bern: Exoplanets and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life
  • Ingeborg Hochmair, MED-EL Medical Electronics, Innsbruck: Active Sensorineural Implants – from research to application
  • Martina Merz, Universität Klagenfurt: Science and its Publics: the Case of Physics
  • Luciano Rezzolla, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main: The first image of a black hole
  • Hugo Zbinden, Université de Genève: Secure information and communication with quantum technologies

Furthermore a public lecture is scheduled in the evening of Wednesday 1 September:

  • Lisa Kaltenegger, Cornell University, USA: How to identify another Earth-like planet: Ideas and Challenges

Topical Sessions

The following parallel sessions will be scheduled:

  • Applied Physics and Plasma Physics
  • Atomic Physics and Quantum Photonics
  • Biophysics, Medical Physics and Soft Matter
  • Condensed Matter Physics (KOND)
  • History and Philosophy of Physics
  • Nuclear, Particle- & Astrophysics (FAKT - TASK) *
  • Physik und Schule & Young Minds
  • Quantum Information and Quantum Computing **
  • Start-ups: From great physics to innovative products
  • Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Films
  • Special: 450th Anniversary of Johannes Kepler

* in collaboration with CHIPP; ** in collaboration with SFB BeyondC

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

Poster Session

The poster session will start on 31 August evening with an apéro and will continue on 2 September with a lunch buffet. It is expected that all posters are presented on both session days.

The three most outstanding posters will be awarded with a "Best poster prize", doted with € 200.- each. Additionally to the above requirement, at least the first author of the poster must be personally present at the conference in order to be eligible for the selection. The awards will be given in a small ceremony on 3 September.

An additional poster award, doted also with € 200.-, is sponsored by the SFB BeyondC for the best poster in the field of "Quantum Information and Quantum Computing".


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 Hitachi ABB Power Grids), Condensed Matter Physics (sponsored by IBM Zürich Research Laboratory), Applied Physics (sponsored by Oerlikon Surface Solutions), Metrology (sponsored by METAS) and in Computational Physics (sponsored by COMSOL). Each award is granted with CHF 5000.-.

The Charpak-Ritz award will also be given, and CHIPP and the Austrian Physical Society will also award their respective winners.

The award ceremony will be held on 1 September at 10:50h.

General Assembly

The general assembly is scheduled for 31 August. The agenda will be published in the SPG Mitteilungen No. 64. We encourage all members to actively participate and contact the committee if special points of interest should be discussed at the assembly.

Industrial Exhibition

An exhibition with scientific devices, equipment, software and literature will be organized in parallel to the sessions. An invitation letter has been mailed to interested companies. If your company would like to join the exhibition, but did not receive the letter by the end of April, please contact the SPS Secretariat.

Conference Dinner

A conference dinner is scheduled for the evening of 2 September in the "Villa Blanca". You can select the dinner during the normal registration procedure. The price is EUR 70.- (incl. apéro, 3-course meal, drinks).

Important: Since we have to plan ahead with the restaurant, it is not possible to register for the dinner on site.

The dinner fee must be paid and transferred on our account at latest by 20 August in order to guarantee your meal. We will keep only a small fraction of the unpaid dinner places, which will be assigned to persons paying cash upon arrival on a first come - first serve base.
Unfortunately we are forced to take this measure because of experiences made in previous years where too many unpaid last-minute cancellations occurred for which we still were indebted to the restaurant. We hope for your understanding.

Additional information for selected sessions

Theoretical Physics

Theoretical contributions are highly encouraged and will be included as last year, directly in a corresponding topical session. This way, the sessions will profit from a broad range of experimental, phenomenological, and theoretical advancements that are relevant in the specific topical field and thus can engage in broader and deeper discussions.
Please submit your abstract to the session which best matches your topic. You can optionally mark your contribution as "theoretical" in the submission interface.

Contact: Philippe Jetzer


Condensed Matter (KOND)

The condensed matter program welcomes contributions from all topics within Condensed Matter Physics, including magnetism, superconductivity, semiconductors and more. For abstracts in the field of Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Films, please submit your abstract to the corresponding session.

Contact: Henrik M. Rønnow, Alberta Bonanni


Quantum Information and Quantum Computing

BeyondC is a special research programme (SFB) consisting of 12 research groups in Austria and Germany applying theoretical and experimental expertise to develop and exploit new methods and tools to describe, characterize, validate, and manipulate quantum systems in order to achieve the experimental regime of quantum systems for quantum superiority.
Oral and poster contributions fitting the scope of this session are also welcome from groups (Austrian or Swiss) which are not organised within BeyondC.

Contact: Andrea Stepper, SFB BeyondC Office


Start-ups: From great physics to innovative products

Has anyone ever approached you during your Master’s or PhD thesis and asked if they “could also have one of those XYZ” that you have built? (“XYZ” = quantum sensor, laser, control electronics, you name it). Then you should definitely think about taking your work to the next level. In this year's session of the “Physics in Industry” section we will be looking with several invited speakers at what is needed to recognize and mature great ideas in a physics and engineering context and bring them to market. If you are in a physics-related start-up and have an exciting story to tell, please submit your abstract before the submission deadline.

Contact: Andreas Fuhrer, Thilo Stöferle, Peter Korczak


Special: 450th Anniversary of Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)

Modern science begins with Kepler's laws of planetary motion with great impact on Astronomy and Physics until today. The laws were set up by him in the years about 1600 in Prague on the basis of Tycho Brahe's observation data and using the mathematical, but also technical tools of the Swiss Jost Bürgi.
Peter Ullrich, Uni Koblenz will remember in his talk Kepler, Brahe, and Bürgi: To measure and calculate the celestial bodies on this fruitful cooperation of three extraordinary scientists. The second talk presented by Arnold Hanslmeier, Uni Graz, Johannes Kepler – From the planets to dark matter, will show that Kepler’s pioneering findings continue to shape science to this day.