Quantum in the Summer

Our quantum summer school brings together students at A-Level, 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.

Quantum in the Summer

About our summer school

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.

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.

2020 Summer School

In 2020 we are hosting an online version of our sixth annual summer school, Quantum in the Summer, for students aged 16 and over. The intensive week-long summer school will run from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th August 2020 and aims to teach students about quantum mechanics and light. In line with University and government advice, we will be running our summer school as an online event, with the aim of running the practical portion of our programme early next year (January 2021).


The summer school is a free event but we ask that students cover their own accommodation and travel expenses. We are able to offer a limited number of 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.

Attendees must:

  • be available to attend from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th August 2020
  • 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

Applications are now closed

Contact us

For further information please contact us at quantum-summer@bristol.ac.uk

2018 Gallery

See photos from our 2018 Quantum in the Summer School on flickr.
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