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Participating Institutions

Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ)

Research at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics concentrates on the interaction of light and matter under extreme conditions. One focus is the high- precision spectroscopy of hydrogen. In the course of these measurements Prof. Theodor W. Hänsch developed the frequency comb technique for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2005. Other experiments aim at captu- ring single atoms and photons and letting them interact in a controlled way, thus paving the way towards future quantum computers. Theorists on the other hand are working on strategies to communicate quantum information in a most efficient way. They develop algorithms that allow the safe encryption of secret informati- on. MPQ scientists also investigate the bizarre properties quantum-mechanical many-body systems can take on at extremely low temperatures (about one millionth Kelvin above zero). Finally light flashes with the incredibly short duration of several attoseconds (1 as is a billionth of a billionth of a second) are generated which make it possible, for example, to observe quantum-mechanical processes in atoms such as the ‚tunnelling‘ of electrons or atomic transitions in real time.

Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB)

The Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich-Martinsried is a leading international research institution in the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology. It is part of the local life science campus in Martinsried, where two Max Planck Institutes (for Biochemistry and Neurobiology), the Helmholtz Center (former GSF Research Center for Environment and Health), the Gene Center, the faculties of medicine, biology and chemistry of the Ludwig Maximilian's University, and several biotech companies are located in close proximity.

Ludwig Maximilian´s University of Munich (LMU)

The Ludwig Maximilian´s University of Munich is the secound-largest university in Germany and has a wide range of degree programs, with 150 subjects available in numerous combinations. 15% of the 45,000 students come from abroad.

Technical University of Munich (TUM)

The Technical University of Munich has a strong focus on natural sciences, engineering, life sciences and medicine.
The TUM which is somewhat smaller than LMU has approximately 20,000 students of which 20% come from abroad.

Vienna University of Technology (VUT)

The Vienna University of Technology is located in the heart of Europe, in a cosmopolitan city of great cultural diversity. For nearly 200 years, the Vienna University of Technology has been a place of research, teaching and learning in the service of progress. The Vienna University of Technology is among the most successful technical universities in Europe. It has more than 20 000 students and 2 000 scientists making it Austria's largest scientific-technical research and educational institution.