Quantum in the Summer

Quantum in the summer: The power of light.

This summer, we are hosting our third annual summer school, Quantum in the Summer, for students aged 16 and over. The intensive week-long summer school runs from Monday 7th to Friday 11th August 2017 and celebrates light in all its forms.

Light has been at the heart of the many important breakthroughs in physics, from Maxwell's theory of electromagnetism to Einstein's theory of relativity. Light is at the origin of quantum mechanics, and is currently playing a large part in the quantum information technology revolution.

Quantum in the Summer began two years ago as a celebration of the International Year of Light and it covers a range of topics from optics and photonics to quantum information. The summer school brings together students aged from 16 to 22 from the UK and Europe to learn more about physics and engineering with the hope that it will inspire a future generation of students to pursue a career in science.

Beginning with the basics of classical optics through a mix of lab work and lectures, the students learn about classical & quantum computing/algorithms and quantum key distribution. In addition to this, the instructors of the summer school share their personal experiences as scientists, providing useful tips for successful research and making the students aware of the potential career options available with a scientific degree.


The summer school is a free event but we ask that students cover their own accommodation and travel expenses. 

We are able to offer scholarship places which includes payment of your accommodation and travel, please confirm on your application if you would be interested in applying for this scholarship. 

Deadline for applications has been extended to 23:59 GMT on Sunday 18th June 2017.  

Attendees must:

  • Be available to attend from Monday 7th to Friday 11th August 2017
  • Be over 16 years of age.
  • Have completed their GCSEs or equivalent qualifications by the start of the summer school.
  • Have a keen interest in Physics and associated subjects.

Quantum in the Summer is free to attend, but we do ask that attendees pay for their own accommodation and travel. 

Register Here




Applications are now closed. 

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