Heidelberg University

42nd Heidelberg Physics Graduate Days - Programme

The 42nd Heidelberg Physics Graduate Days of the Heidelberg Graduate School for Physics and the Department of Physics and Astronomy take place from 8th - 12th April 2019. 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 42nd 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 42nd 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, 11th April 2019, at 17:30 (s.t.)

Markus Greiner

(Harvard University)


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

Regular Course Programme

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

Torben Krüger
(University of Bonn)
Random Matrices: Universality in Disordered Quantum Systems
Maria Ubiali
(University of Cambridge)
Past, present and future challenges in the determination of the structure of the proton
Ana Akrap
(Université de Fribourg)
Shining light on quantum materials: lessons from optical spectroscopy
Lothar Schad , Mathias Davids
(Heidelberg University)
Applications of NMR in Biomedicine
Werner Aeschbach
(Heidelberg University)
Climate Science and its Implications

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

Andy Taylor
(University of Edinburgh)
From Cosmological Observations to Dark Energy and Modified Gravity
Thomas Erben
(University of Bonn)
Introduction to Python for Physicists
Judith Peters
(Université Grenoble Alpes)
Protocells and the origin of life
Martin Gärttner
(Heidelberg University)
Computational approaches for quantum many-body systems

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.

Björn Andres from Bosch Center for AI

will give a talk on

From Physics to 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.