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Annual IMPRS-APS Meeting 2023

September 13th - 15th 2023, Vienna

2023 Annual Meeting


Annual IMPRS-APS Meeting 2022

November 28 th - 30th 2022

2022 Annual Meeting


IMPRS-APS Alumni Meeting 2021Pdf Download

March 5th 2021, 2:30pm – 7pm

IMPRS-APS Alumni Meeting 2021

Theodor Maiman Seminars 2021Pdf Download
2020 Maiman Seminar

The Block LecturesPdf Download

March 22nd – 26th 2021

The Block Lectures 2021


Professional Skills SeriesPdf Download

October - November 2020

2020 Professional Skills Series

Annual IMPRS-APS Meeting 2020Pdf Download

November 11th-13th 2020

2020 Annual Meeting

Theodor Maiman Seminars 2020Pdf Download
2020 Maiman Seminar


Workshop "Nano- and Ultrafast Surface Sciences" Pdf Download

13th - 15th September

Ringberg Castle

Annual Meeting IMPRS-APS Pdf Download

13th - 15th May at Ringberg Castle

Ringberg Castle

IMPRS-APS Block Lectures 2019

February 18th-21st, MPQ, Garching

The International Max Planck Research School of Advanced Photon Science (IMPRS-APS) held its ‘Block Lectures’ for the third time last week. From 18 – 21 February, IMPRS-APS postgraduates had the chance to attend classes by renowned scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and abroad. The lecture series was inaugurated by Romeo Kienzler, chief data scientist at IBM Watson, with his keynote presentation on deep learning. On the remaining days, lecture topics ranged from attosecond to femtosecond and frequency comb spectroscopy. Between talks, students had the opportunity to engage directly with the lecturers during discussion sessions.


 Dr. Nicholas Karpowicz
 Romeo Kienzler  (Deep learning - IBM)  
 Prof. Martin Schultze
 Prof. Thomas Udem
 Prof. Regina de Vivie-Riedle
 Dr. Vladislav Yakovlev
The Block Lectures program can be found here              
IMPRS-APS Block Lectures

Here some impressions from the workshop:

Block Lectures 2019

Block Lectures 2019

Block Lectures 2019

Block Lectures 2019

Theodor Maiman Seminars

Maiman Seminar

 7th February 2019 - Prof. Gerd Leuchs:
 "Light matter interaction at the level of one and no atom." (Abstract)
  7th March 2019 - Prof. Birgitta Bernhardt:
 "Laser Spectroscopy with extreme Resolution." (Abstract)
  4thApril 2019 - Prof. Bob Boyd:
 "Physics and applications of epsilon-near-zero materials" (Abstract)
  2nd May, 2019 - Prof. Ulf Leonhardt:
 "Cosmology in the laboratory" (Abstract)
  6th June, 2019 - Prof. Albert Stolow:
 "Nuclear-driven Electronic Coherences in Polyatomic Molecules" (Abstract)


"Label Free Spectro-Microscopy" Workshop

November 15th-16th, MPQ, Garching

Invited speakers:
Opening talk: Prof. Sunney Xie (Harvard University)
Prof. Ji-Xin Cheng (Boston University)
Prof. Dario Polli (Polytechnic Milan)
Prof. Vahid Sandoghdar (MPL)
Prof. Marcus Cicerone (NIST)
The workshop program can be found herePdf Download
For more information please visit our web site:
Maiman Seminar

Theodor Maiman Seminars

Maiman Seminar
 4th October 2018 - Prof. Daniele Brida:
 "Sub-optical-cycle control of light and matter" (Abstract)
 8th November 2018 - Prof. Peter Hommelhoff:
 "Ultrafast electron control: from the particle accelerator on
a chip to attosecond charge transfer in a Schottky junction" (Abstract)
 6th December 2018 - Prof. Immanuel Bloch:
 "Realizing Feynman’s Dream of a Quantum Simulator"(Abstract)

Annual Meeting IMPRS-APS

28th- 30th May at Ringberg Castle

Ringberg Castle

Ph.D. Career Day Pdf Download

May 29th, 2018, Ringberg Castle

Career Day


Annual Meeting IMPRS-APS Pdf Download

29th November - 1st December at Ringberg Castle

Ringberg Castle
Alumni Meeting Pdf Download

March 3rd, 2017, MPQ

Ringberg Castle


Annual Meeting IMPRS-APS Pdf Download

14 - 16 November at Ringberg Castle

Ringberg Castle

Symposium "The Science of Light"

Apr 24 - 26, 2016, MPL Erlangen

MPL IMPRS Symposium

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) symposium for the Science of Light is a joint initiative between the graduate schools (IMPRS-PL and IMPRS-APS) of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) and the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics (MPQ). With this symposium, we plan to bring 100 students together with leading scientists from diverse physics communities, covering the topical range from technical and classical optics, imaging technologies, optical manipulation, nano photonics, non-linear optics, quantum communication, ultrashort pulses generation and more. The seminar will provide excellent opportunities for young researchers to get introduced to the current leading research in the above-mentioned areas. In addition, it will foster the discussion between guest speakers and attendees by providing joint social events each evening.

Symposium "Future of ultrashort pulses II"

September 16 - 17, 2016, Stirin, Czech Republic

Program Pdf Download

FOUP 2016

The availability of waveform-controlled, intense, few cycle laser fields has radically expanded the ability of scientists to peer into the dynamics of atoms and solids on few-femtosecond or even attosecond time scales. This research in the field of attosecond science has hinted at the potential for new discoveries that may be unlocked by new developments in laser science to confine more and more energy into smaller and smaller packages to be precisely delieved to the systems under study. Additionally, control over the exact evolution of the laser's electric and magnetic fields allows for unprecedented flexibility in the manipulation of the dynamics as they unfold. The question now is: where do we go from here? What can be done to continue the advancements in pulse generation that have made these advancements possible, and what kinds of developments are necessarily to realize the goals of the next generation of researchers in the field?


Annual Meeting IMPRS-APS Pdf Download

23 - 25 November at Ringberg Castle

Ringberg Castle

Symposium "Future of ultrashort pulses"

September 18, 2015, MPQ

Program Pdf Download

FOUP 2015

IMPRS-MAP Workshop “Ultrafast laser development and applications” Pdf Download

26 - 31 July 2015, Wildbad Kreuth

Vienna 2014

Joint IMPRS-MPC-AS workshop on "Attosecond Photonics" Pdf Download

1 - 4 June 2015, Garching

Vienna 2014

Workshop 2015

Selected Topics in Advanced PhotonicsPdf Download

Block lecture, Feb 23- 27, MPQ


Annual IMPRS-APS Meeting Pdf Download

23 -26 November 2014, Vienna

Vienna 2014

Vienna 2014

Vienna 2014


Annual IMPRS-APS Meeting Pdf Download

Ringberg Castle (25 - 27 November 2013)




Annual IMPRS-APS Meeting Pdf Download

15 - 18 July 2012
Ringberg Castle


Annual IMPRS-APS Meeting Pdf Download

24 - 27 July 2011
Ringberg Castle

Ringberg Castle 2011


Annual meeting Pdf Download

15 - 16 December 2010
Nymphenburg Castle - Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung

IMPRS Interdisciplinary Symposium 2010 Pdf Download

November 11-12, 2010

Prof. Gerd Leuchs, Director, MPI for the Science of Light, Erlangen
New Frontiers in Science

For 10 years now at the Administrative Headquarters of the Max Planck Society I have been overseeing the International Max Planck Research Schools eventprogrammme designed jointly by the MPS together with the German University Rectors Conference. Thus far, almost 60 Research Schools have been established: more than 2200 doctoral students are currently working on their doctorates at an IMPRS. The majority of the IMPRS are interdisciplinary, dealing on the one hand with very specific issues, while on the other hand addressing issues of a fundamental nature. The same may be said of the "New Frontiers in Science" symposium which is taking place for the 3rd time in the Munich area, organised by PhD students from Martinsried, Munich and Garching. Once again this year, the agenda for the symposium features some important scientific questions, both of future relevance and with a connection to the past, as well as with reference to the great role models of science: a wonderful opportunity for junior researchers to exchange ideas with successful senior scientists and even Nobel Prize winners!

President Gruss addressed the PhDNet of the MPS, saying: "Particularly in the natural sciences, teamwork is the secret to success…It is important to work in a congenial atmosphere; … creative centres are needed where a sufficient number of brilliant scientists can mingle and motivate one another." This symposium organised by doctoral students takes us precisely in this direction!

I wish the organisers of the symposium every success, and I hope that all those attending will enjoy many fruitful discussions and encounters!

Nicola von Hammerstein,
Central Coordinator of the International Max-Planck-Research Schools
at Max Planck Society Administrative Headquarters

IMPRS-MAP workshop Pdf Download

Sunday, Aug. 1 through Friday, Aug. 6, 2010 in Wildbad Kreuth

The "International Max Planck Research School of Advanced Photon Science" (IMPRS APS) and the Cluster of Excellence "Munich-Centre for Advanced Photonics" (MAP) of the German Research Society offer a joint summer workshop for their PhD student members. Lectures will be given by world-class experts both from within MAP and IMPRS and from outside.

SILMI Symposium

Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) March 1-3, 2010


Visit of the IMPRS of Advanced Photon Science Pdf Download

December, 10th at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics

Annual IMPRS-APS Meeting Pdf Download

Ringberg castle 25-27 November 2009

Evaluation 2009 eventprogramm

Evaluation IMPRS-APS Thursday, November 12th 2009 Pdf Download

Herbert Walther Lecture Hall, MPQ

Evaluation 2009 eventprogramm

IMPRS Interdisciplinary Symposium 2009 Pdf Download

Herbert Walther Lecture Hall, MPQ

IMPRS Interdisciplinary Symposium 2009
New Frontiers in Science

Interdisciplinarity promotes the overlap of professionals with largely different languages, backgrounds, training, and expertise to solve problems whose solution lies outside a single discipline. To ensure productive and stimulating interactions across disciplines it is essential that people meet, interact and learn the language and school of thinking of the "other" discipline.
The international Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS) in Munich are organizing a two-day interdisciplinary symposium. The first day focuses on the relation between "Art and Science". The second day aims to present the state-of-the-art research in physics, chemistry, biotechnology and medicine, as well as the responsibility of scientists towards society and environment for a sustainable future.

Frauenchiemsee 2009

International Max Planck Research School of Advanced Photon Science (IMPRS-APS)
Annual LAP Meeting Frauenchiemsee 3 – 8 October 2009

Annual LAP Meeting Frauenchiemsee 2009

Symposium Vienna University of Technology 2009 (Ultrafast laser-matter interactions)
Pdf Download

Feb 21 - 27, 2009 at TU Vienna, Austria

Symposium Wien


Ringberg Castle 2008 (IMPRS-APS) Pdf Download

Ringberg Castle 20 - 22 October 2008

Ringberg Castle 20 - 22 October 2008

Frauenchiemsee 2008 (IMPRS-APS) Pdf Download

Annual Meeting MPQ-LMU Laboratory for Attosecond Physics (LAP) Frauenchiemsee, 6 - 10 October 2008

Frauenchiemsee 2008

IMPRS Interdisciplinary Symposium 2008

Interdisciplinary Symposium in the great area of Munich & "New Frontiers in Science"
Seminar in Honor of Prof. Herbert Walther

Interdisciplinary Symposium in the great area of Munich

"It is a pleasure for me that my Dr. Father and Teacher, Prof. Herbert Walther, is being honoured by the lectures series "New Frontiers in Science." He was an outstanding scientist and a very successful researcher. His students continue his work throughout the world. The symposium wants to foster communication, networking and scientific information exchange between representatives from different faculties and life areas. This is of great importance, due to the increasing interdisciplinary character of research. I wish all the participants not only success, but also enjoyment in the fascinating scientific knowledge that will be presented in the lectures series".
Wolfgang Ketterle

"The earliest bio-macromolecules on the young earth must have been self-replicative and enzymatically competent. In the modern world only RNA has these properties and is therefore believed to mark the origin of live. With the advent of DNA and proteins two players appeared during evolution which are much superior in one of these activities but incapable of the other. DNA is a perfect self-replicating molecule and proteins are excellent catalysts, respectively. Self-replication appears to be a relatively simple chemical process while catalysis is often extremely complex. It is not surprising therefore that biochemical research focuses on proteins with surprising discoveries made with any system and any time. I hope that proteins and their fascinating structures and properties will play an important role in the discussions during the Symposium of the stipends of the International Max-Planck Research Schools in Munich and catalyse the exchange of ideas of students from different disciplines. The input from fresh minds is essential here as in any other field of research".
Robert Huber


Frauenchiemsee 2007 Pdf Download

International Max Planck Research School of Advanced Photon Science (IMPRS-APS)
Workshop with Selection of Candidates Frauenchiemsee, 19 - 21 Nov. 2007

Ringberg Castle 20 - 22 October 2008