Invitation to the kick-off meeting


Quantum Science Austria

Thursday, November 30, 2023

19:00 h

Auditorium (Aula) of the main university building, Christoph-Probst-Platz, Innrain 52,
      6020 Innsbruck

Registration kindly requested before November 17, 2023 via this link.

Opening and presentation

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Veronika Sexl
Rector University of Innsbruck

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ronald Maier
Vice Rector for Digitalization and Knowledge Transfer, University of Vienna

Univ.-Prof. i.R. Dr. Georg Kaser
Vice President FWF, Natural Science and Technology Division

Georg Willi
Mayor of the city of Innsbruck

Florian Tursky
State Secretary for Digitalization and Telecommunications

ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Polaschek
Federal Minister

Exzellenzcluster Quantum Science Austria 
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gregor Weihs
Director of Research Quantum Science Austria

Die Rätsel der Quantenwelt: Wie tickt die Uhr von Schrödingers Katze?
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Markus Aspelmeyer
Deputy Director of Research Quantum Science Austria

Quantum Physics Performance
Evelina Domnich and Dmitry Gelfand


We look forward to seeing you there.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gregor Weihs

Gregor Weihs is Vice-Rector for Research at the University of Innsbruck, Professor of Photonics at its Department for Experimental Physics and Director of Research of the Cluster of Excellence Quantum Science Austria. He received his MSc degree from Innsbruck University in 1994. His PhD degree from Vienna University was awarded "sub auspiciis praesidentis" by the President of the Austrian Republic in 2000. Before returning to Innsbruck he held a junior faculty position at the University of Vienna, was Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University, Research Fellow at the University of Tokyo, and Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he was awarded the Canada Research Chair in Quantum Photonics. From 2016 to 2021 he was the Vice-President for Natural Sciences and Engineering of the Austrian Science Fund and its interim President for several months. Other major awards include a Starting Grant by the European Research Council and the Wilhelm-Exner medal of the Austrian Trade and Crafts Association. He was a member of the Young Academy of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and a Fellow in the QIP program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. His research interests include fundamental physics, quantum and semiconductor optics and quantum information

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Markus Aspelmeyer

Prof. Markus Aspelmeyer is a Professor of Physics at the University of Vienna and Scientfic Director at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. He studied physics and philosophy in Munich, Germany. Prof. Aspelmeyer is regarded as one of the pioneers of the field of quantum optomechanics. His research combines the development of new quantum technologies with fundamental quantum experiments. He is co-founder of Crystalline Mirror Solutions (now Thorlabs Crystalline Solutions), which provides novel optics for laser precision measurements. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg. His current research is focused on the intriguing puzzles at the interface between quantum physics and gravity.

Dmitry Gelfand and Evelina Domnitch

Dmitry Gelfand (b.1974, St. Petersburg, Russia) and Evelina Domnitch (b. 1972, Minsk, Belarus) create installations and performances that merge physical phenomena with uncanny philosophical practices. Current findings, particularly regarding wave phenomena, are employed by the artists to investigate questions of perception and perpetuity. Such investigations are salient because the scientific picture of the world, which serves as the basis for contemporary thought, still cannot encompass the unrecordable workings of consciousness.

Registration until November 17, 2023 to

Anna Grigoryeva
University of Innsbruck
Department of Experimental Physics

+43 512 507-52552

We look forward to seeing you there!

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