Guest Lectures

Prof. Peter Zoller 

Wednesday 18th August, (10:00, after opening ceremoPeter Zollerny)

Peter Zoller is an Austrian theoretical physicist and works on quantum optics and quantum information. He is best known for his pioneering research on quantum computing and quantum communication and for bridging quantum optics and solid state physics.

Together with Ignacio Cirac he suggested a model of a quantum computer, based on the interaction of lasers with cold ions confined in an electromagnetic trap. The principles of this idea have been implemented in experiments over recent years and it is considered one of the most promising concepts for the development of a scalable quantum computer. Zoller’s ideas and concepts attract plenty of interest within the scientific community, his works have been cited more than 26,000 times to date.

Peter Zoller has received numerous awards for his achievements which include the Dirac Medal, the Niels Bohr/UNESCO Gold Medal, the Max Planck Medal, the Schrödinger Prize as well as the Wittgenstein Award, Austria’s highest scientific accolade. In 2001, Peter Zoller became full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, in 2008 he was elected to the United States National Academy.


Prof. Gernot Pottlacher - Experimental Show

Thursday  19th August (10:30)

Gernot Pottlacher

How to destroy a lab in 2 hours...

Gernot Pottlacher works on the Institute of Experimental Physics on the University of Technology in Graz. His experimental shows usually held before christmas have already attained cult status among the physics students in Graz  - and he is planning an even more impressive lecture for the ICPS in Graz.



Prof. Sabine Schindler

Saturday 21st August, (12:00)

Sabine Schindler

research fields:

  • interaction of galaxies and intra-cluster gas
  • mass determination of galaxy clusters by X-ray observations and gravitational lensing
  • structure formation on cosmological scales
  • magnetic fields in galaxy clusters



Prof. John Ellis

John Ellis

Sunday 22nd August (17 o'clock, before closing ceremony)

Ellis' research interests focus on the phenomenological aspects of particle physics, though he has also made important contributions to astrophysics, cosmology and quantum gravity. Most of his publications relate directly to experiment, from interpreting measurements and the results of searches for new particles, to exploring the physics that could be done with future accelerators. He was one of the pioneers of research at the interface between particle physics and cosmology.

John Ellis was awarded the Maxwell Medal and the Dirac Medal for his achievements