Quantum in the Summer

Quantum in the summer: The power of light.

This August, we are hosting our fourth annual summer school, Quantum in the Summer, for students aged 16 and over. The intensive week-long summer school runs from Monday 6th to Friday 10th August 2018 and aims to teach students about quantum mechanics and light.

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.

The summer school brings together students at A-Level or foundation/1st year university 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.

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 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.

Applications will open soon on this website, and must be submitted online by Sunday 3rd June.

Attendees must:

  • Be available to attend from Monday 6th to Friday 10th August 2018
  • 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. 




Applications are now closed. 

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