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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Summer School

Light, matter, and life: Why do we see what we see and how do we understand it?

Light-matter interaction is a ubiquitous phenomenon that is responsible to some of the most appealing effects in the physics of materials, which are also essential for most of the opto-electronic applications that pervade our everyday life. From a fundamental point of view, the study of their interaction with light is one of the most valuable sources of information to understand the intrinsic properties of materials.

With this scientific event, we aim to bring together a selected and yet representative number of scientists working at the forefront of light-matter interaction in inorganic, organic, and bio-materials. During the four-day workshop under the direction of Prof. Caterina Cocchi (Dept. of Physics/ IRIS/ CRC 951) and Dr. Zsuzsanna Heiner (Dept. of Chemistry/ SALSA), participants will be provided with the basic scientific principles that allow them to discuss fundamental questions like “Why do we see what we see?”.

The workshop is aimed at a diverse audience of female scientists with different age, academic experience, and scientific background (from the 4th semester onwards).

The main goals of this workshop are:

  • Introduce the theoretical formalism of light-matter interaction
  • Introduce state-of-the-art experimental techniques to study light-matter interaction in inorganic and bio-materials
  • Establish an international collaboration network of female scientists active in this field

Application by e-mail (petra.metz@hu-berlin.de) with the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Short letter of motivation (half a DIN A4 page)

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Languages: English and German

The event is free of charge for the participants!


Dr. Petra Metz, WiNS Adlershof, HU Berlin

Phone:  +49 (0)30 2093 81125, petra.metz@hu-berlin.de