Quantum phenomena offer great opportunities for applications in information and clean energy technology, including the realization of quantum computers and novel solar cells. The rational design and synthesis of materials that host such phenomena are therefore at the forefront of solid state research. The aim of this Summer School is to bring interdisciplinary research experts in the field of quantum materials together with young researchers at the Max Plank Institute, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Tokyo.

We regret to inform you that the worshop "Chaos Dynamics and Thermalization in Interacting Quantum Systems" planned for May 7-9, 2020 in Vancouver has been *canceled* due to the threat posed by the global pandemic. We are hoping to possibly run a similar event at a future date once the situation is back to normal, please stay tuned.

Date: May 7-9, 2020
Location: Vancouver Campus, University of British Columbia, Canada
Organizers: E. Altman (UC Berkeley), M. Franz (UBC)

This workshop will focus on quantum many-body dynamical phenomena that are ubiquitous in nature, yet not very well understood. This includes the suite phenomena that lead to thermalization in isolated quantum systems, quantum chaotic behaviour and non-equilibrium dynamics in driven systems. Great strides have been made recently in answering some of the key questions in the field, including the seminal problem of how and when quantum systems thermalize, what is the role of chaos and integrability and when does thermalization fail. The workshop will bring these new developments into focus and allow the wider community to participate and benefit from these discussions.

For the speaker list and more information about the workshop, please visit our event page.

We invite you to register online to attend this workshop. Please also feel free to share this information with people you know, who may be interested in and benefit from participating in this workshop.
If you have any questions regarding registration of the workshop, please don’t hesitate to contact Tracy Xu at


Dec. 9 to Dec. 10, 2019 at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus, Canada more
The annual Quantum Materials Summer School will be jointly held by the Max Planck-UBC-U Tokyo Centre for Quantum Materials and Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) on April 8-10, 2019, on the theme of 2D materials and van der Waals heterostructures. Our goal for the summer school is to encourage open and pedagogical 
discussion between the field's experts and graduate students across diverse backgrounds.  We would be glad for you to join us!
Please click here to see the program more
This workshop, held at UBC-Vancouver Campus, will focus on aspects of topological protection outside the traditional realm of electronic systems such as topological insulators and semimetals. more
Dec. 9 to Dec. 11, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan
The Winter School (February 15 to 18, 2018) "Elementary Excitations in Quantum Materials" is addressed to graduate students and young scientists. Lecturers will cover a wide variety of recent experimental und theoretical studies of quantum materials.

The scope of this brainstorming workshop (Dec 11 - Dec 15, 2017) is to bring together a selected number of colleagues who work in the field of coherent control of matter. The ultimate goal is to merge the knowledge coming from coherent optical control of atoms and molecules to the emerging field of quantum control in solids, correlated materials and topological matter.

"Max Planck-UBC-UTokyo Workshop on Quantum Materials", December 04 - 07, 2016.

Our workshop is concentrating on reflecting on ongoing activities at the Max Planck-UBC-UTokyo Centre.
Spin-orbit coupling and relativistic quantum materials
Coupling between motional and spin degrees of freedom of electrons in solids is a genuinely relativistic effect, which leads to a plethora of interesting phenomena and underlies the physics of some of the most exciting quantum materials discovered in recent decades. This includes topological insulators and superconductors, Weyl and Dirac semimetals, and various strongly correlated complex oxides, such as iridates and ruthenates.
In a series of pedagogical lectures the school will introduce the general concept of spin-orbit coupling in atoms and in solids and then will proceed to describe various classes of materials where these effects are strongly manifested. The school is aimed at graduate students and postdocs working in experiment and theory who possess basic background in condensed matter physics.
"Superconductivity and Magnetism at the Nanoscale", June 30 - July 3, 2014. Superconductivity and magnetism are often seen as incompatible phenomena as magnetism easily destroys superconductivity. However, in some instances a coexistence with intriguing properties may ensue when, for example, the dimensions of the superconductor are reduced or the magnetic moments are very localized. Both superconductivity and magnetism are fascinating subjects on their own and they are far from being understood. In combination, they have revealed an even stranger world of effects, of which it seems that we have only scratched the surface so far. This summer school will cover the topics superconductivity and magnetism as well as the combination of the two, how they can coexist in materials and how they interact to produce new particles, such as the Majorana fermion. more
"Quantum Materials", December 9 - 11, 2013. The workshop is intended to review current activities at the Max Planck - UBC Center and introduce research on quantum materials at the three participating institutions.
"Scanning Probe Microscopy for the Study of Quantum Materials", June 28 - 30, 2013. The workshop aims to bring together leading experimentalists and theoreticians to present recent advances in condensed matter physics as seen through the lens of an SPM. Particular emphasis will be put on high-resolution spectroscopy, advanced instrumentation, quasi particle interference, high-temperature superconductivity in the cuprates and pnictides, spin-polarized SPM and ultrafast time resolved SPM.

Workshop, Vancouver

"From Quantum Matter to Quantum Information", June 24 - 27, 2013. The workshop aims to bridge the gap between the computer science and the material science aspects of quantum computation. It is focused, but not restricted to, the topics of 'Quantum computation and simulation', 'Decoherence and quantum error-correction' and 'Quantum devices'.
"Flat bands: Design, Topology and Correlations", March 6 - 9, 2013. Coordinators: Marcel Franz (UBC), Roderich Moessner (MPG), Sid Parameswaran (UC Berkeley).
The third school of the MPG-UBC Centre took place from 17 until 20 September 2012 at the Max-Planck-Institutes in Stuttgart.

Workshop and Inauguration

The "Max-Planck UBC Centre for Quantum Materials" was launched in 2011. The final Memorandum of Understanding was signed in a ceremony accompanying a workshop at the UBC in February 2012.
The second school of the MPG-UBC Centre took place from August 29 until September 1, 2011 at the UBC in Vancouver.
The first school of the MPG-UBC Centre took place from October 5 until October 8, 2010 at the Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart.
"The Max-Planck UBC Centre for Quantum Materials" was inaugurated in a ceremony taking place on October 4, 2010 in Munich.
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