Apply Now: Quantum Ideas Summer School

On June 17-21, 2019, Duke University’s Software-Tailored Architectures for Quantum Codesign (STAQ) will host the Quantum Ideas Summer School. This event will cover topics including quantum computation, algorithms for near-term devices, and quantum error correction as well as hardware tutorials.

Lectures are scheduled from several quantum experts:

  • Ken Brown (Duke University)
  • Fred Chong (University of Chicago)
  • Jungsang Kim (Duke University)
  • Peter Love (Tufts University)
  • Iman Marvian (Duke University)
  • Akimasa Miyaka (University of New Mexico)
  • Hanhee Paik (IBM)

The program is open to undergraduates. graduate students, and industry professionals. The application deadline is March 15, 2019. Please see the program website for more information and application instructions.

Harvard Optical Scanning Probe Microscopy of 2D Quantum Materials

This workshop will focus on optical scanning probe techniques that allow imaging of quasiparticle fields in 2D Quantum materials. Theory and Experiments using scattering-type Near-field Optical Microscopy (s-SNOM), Photo-induced Force Microscopy (PiFM) and other photon-less detection techniques to map optical fields will be highlighted. The symposium will both focus on current state-of-the-art work and explore the future of these methods to condensed matter systems at the nanoscale.

 How to participate:

  1. Pre-register. On-line Registration will close by EOB October 1st, 2018.
  2. This event is free for Harvard’s Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS) Users; a fee of $30 is required for non-CNS users. Payment instructions to non CNS users will be sent after pre-registration is completed.
  3. Some modest number of contributed talks will be also accepted. For submission, a ~250-word abstract must be e-mailed to the conference chairs before EOB August 3rd, 2018. The submitted document should contain the title of the talk and the names   and affiliations of presenting and contributing authors.

Invited Speakers:

  • Prof. Dimitri Basov – Columbia University – New York City – United States of America
  • Prof. Frank Koppens – ICFO, The Institute of Photonic Sciences – Barcelona – Spain
  • Prof. Javier Garcia de Abajo – ICFO, The Institute of Photonic Sciences – Barcelona – Spain

For questions, please see the workshop website or contact the organizers: Dr. Antonio Ambrosio ( and Dr. William L. Wilson (

On Saturday October 20th, 10:00am – 12:00pm, a hands-on demonstration of commercial Optical Scan Probe platforms will be also organized. You can register for the hands–on demonstration here.

Interactive Nanomechanical Testing Workshop

NC State and Bruker invite you to a one-day workshop to explore Bruker’s vast range of quantitative nanoscale testing solutions. Gain new insights into nanoscale material behavior with live, interactive demonstrations of our Hysitron TI 980 TriboIndenter.
9:00 – 9:30  Introduction to Bruker Taiye (Thomas) Zhang, South Eastern Accounts Manager, Bruker
9:30 – 10:30  Nanoindentation: Fundamentals and Applications Sandip Basu, Ph.D., Applications Scientist, Bruker
10:30 – 11:30 Case Studies in Materials Design: Insights from Nanoindentation Joe Tilly, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, NC State
11:30 – 12:30  Lunch (provided for registered participants)
12:30 – 3:00  Instrument Demonstration – Hysitron TI 980 TriboIndenter
More information can be found on this flyer. Register here.

New Grad Student Opportunity: Free Cryo-EM Workshop

The Van Andel Research Institute is hosting a cryo-EM workshop August 13-15, 2018 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Full scholarships, including travel, are available for up to 15 graduate students. Applications are due May 11, 2018. Taught by internationally recognized cryo-EM experts, Cryo-EM at the Van Andel Research Institute will give gifted graduate students an intense overview of the latest innovative methodology and its applications across several fields including cancer and neurodegenerative disease research. By the end of the week, students will have a greater appreciation of what can be achieved through the application of cryo-EM. Sessions will cover:
  • Electron microscopy
  • Electron tomography
  • Image processing basics
  • Image processing and 3-D reconstruction (hands-on session)
  • Negative stain and cryo-EM grid preparation
  • Cryo-EM on the Arctica and the Krios with a Volta phase plate
The course is designed to engage students and promote discussion between fellow participants and course instructors. In addition to talks and hands-on lessons, there will be social events that will provide opportunities to network. For more information and to apply please visit the workshop website. Questions can be directed to Aubrie Bruinsma at