ESF Research Conferences

ESF Conference in Partnership with LFUI

Cold and Ultracold Molecules

18-23 November 2012

Universitätszentrum Obergurgl, Austria

Chaired by: Dr. Guido Pupillo, ISIS-IPCMS, Université de Strasbourg and CNRS, Strasbourg, France 

Co-chaired by : Dr.  Francesca Ferlaino and Dr. Hanns-Christoph Nägerl from Institut für Experimentalphysik and Zentrum für Quantenphysik, Universität Innsbruck, Austria


During the last 15 years spectacular advances have been made in controlling quantum systems composed of atomic constituents, revolutionizing the field of traditional atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) physics and opening up new and spectacular avenues in such diverse areas as precision spectroscopy, quantum information, quantum many-body and condensed matter physics. The challenge is now to reach the same level of control in molecular systems, for which the presence of additional microscopic degrees of freedom promises a new era for quantum physics and chemistry. In this emerging, strongly multi-disciplinary field, challenges range from the production of cold and ultracold molecules to the application of these cold and ultracold molecules to precision spectroscopy, few-body and many-body quantum physics, chemical physics, and quantum chemistry. It is the aim of this conference to bring together scientists from these diverse fields, which are now contributing to an increasing extent to developing new ideas and approaches for the realization of cold and ultracold molecular gases and to identifying new research directions and applications of these novel systems. This conference will be structured to initiate and foster intensive collaborations, in particular between theory and experiment, which will be an essential ingredient for the overall progress of this interdisciplinary field.

Full conference programme will be published very soon HERE

Official list of invited speakers & accepted participants

List of Accepted Posters: PDF (325 KB) Last updated 13 November  2012


Registrations are now closed because we reached the maximum amount of participants.

Fees & Grants

Conference fees cover an all inclusive package which includes all basic expenses that occur during the event. 

To Pay
Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0€
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners450€
Early Bird
Registration and payment by 12 October
Registration and payment by 25 October885€
Conference participation without accommodation580€

Grants are available for students and early stage researchers to cover the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs. Grants are distributed based on financial need and scientific merit. Grantees must attend the entire conference in order to benefit from the grant. Grant requests should be made by ticking appropriate field(s) in the paragraph "Grant application" of the application form.

Practical Information

Universitätszentrum Obergurgl, Ötz Valley, near Innsbruck, Austria
The Obergurgl University Centre is located at an altitude of 1940 metres, in the highest glacial village in the Tyrol, at the end of the Ötz Valley and surrounded by numerous three-thousand metre peaks.

Detailed information on all practical aspects of the conference are available from the Practical Information Page.

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