Heidelberg University

40th Heidelberg Physics Graduate Days - Programme

The 40th Heidelberg Physics Graduate Days of the Heidelberg Graduate School of Fundamental Physics and the Department of Physics and Astronomy take place from 9th - 13th April 2018. Participants from other universities are very welcome!


Welcome to the Heidelberg Physics Graduate Days. The courses are open for advanced students, in particular those working on their Diploma, Master's and doctoral theses. Our aim is to offer courses that broaden the physics knowledge of our students as well as to teach specialized techniques.

The Heidelberg Physics Graduate Days take place for the 40th time this spring!

The courses are organised as parallel block lectures, with the morning lectures taking place from 9:30 to 12:30 and the afternoon lectures from 14:00 to 17:00, including coffee breaks. There is also a free lunch each day included in your registration. Note that each course runs every day for five days either in a morning or afternoon slot.

In addition to the courses, there is a special lecture on Monday evening, as well as the Hans Jensen lecture, which will take place on Thursday.

On Monday evening, snacks (beer and pretzels) will be provided and on Thursday evening, there is a traditional barbecue that is also covered with registration.

To take part in the 40th Graduate Days please register yourself here.

The Heidelberg Physics Graduate Days take place im Neuenheimer Feld 226, in the Physikalisches Institut, see details of venue .

To obtain meals, you will receive meal tags on registration at the conference office in the foyer of INF 226.

The programme and these details can be downloaded here:

Programme - Flyer


Hans Jensen Invited Lecture

on Thursday, 12th April 2018, at 17:30 (s.t.)

Charles Kane

(University of Pennsylvania)


After the Hans Jensen Invited Lecture, we will have the d-fine barbecue!

Regular Course Programme

Morning Courses (Mo-Fr, 9:30 - 12:30)

Jook Walraven
(University of Amsterdam)
Collision phenomena at ultra-low energies
Karl-Henning Rehren
(Göttingen University)
Conformal Quantum Field Theory
Michael Block, Christoph Düllmann
(GSI and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)
Physics and Chemistry of the Heaviest Elements
Francesco Pace
(University of Manchester)
Numerical methods for cosmology: from early to late times
Lavinia Heisenberg
(ETH Zurich)
Advanced topics in modified gravity
Ivan Perić
(Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - KIT)
Modern silicon sensors for particle physics experiments

Afternoon Courses (Mo-Fr, 14:00 - 17:00)

Carl Bender
(Washington University in St. Louis)
PT-Symmetric Quantum Mechanics
Jason Dexter
(Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching)
Exploring Strong Gravity with Accreting Black Holes
Niklaus Berger
(Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)
Searching for new physics at the intensity frontier
Evgeny Akhmedov
(Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik)
Phenomenology of Neutrino Oscillations
Bernd Jähne
(Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing - IWR
and Institute of Environmental Physics)
Physics and Chemistry of small-scale air-sea interactions
Ute Leidig
(Heidelberg University)
Analyzing Personal Potential for your Career

Additional Lecture

On Monday evening at 17:30 (s.t.), we will have an industry lecture, followed by a get-together with beer and pretzels.

Klaus Schimmer and Engelbert Quack from SAP SE, Walldorf

will give a talk on

Shaping the Future with SAP Leonardo Machine Learning

Student Representatives' Welcome and Information Evening for New Doctoral Students

On Tuesday evening at 17:15, we will have our Student Representatives' Welcome. Information about the School and general discussions will take place. Your hosts are the student representatives.