Casimir Spring School 'Sun, Sailing, Science' 2016



three full days


Heeg, Friesland


Our Casimir PhD Platform committee invites you to join the sixth edition of the Casimir Spring School 'Sun, Sailing, and Science', that will take place on April 19th, 20th, and 21st, 2016 in Heeg, Friesland. It is a great opportunity to present your research to your peers and there is plenty of time to get to know your fellow Casimir PhD students and postdocs better!

The broad spectrum of research themes within the Casimir Research School will be covered by three plenary sessions, each with one external keynote speaker. During each session, six PhD students and postdocs will be given the opportunity to give a short talk (15 minutes) and to discuss their own work with the audience.

The three keynote speakers of this edition of the Casimir Spring School will be Markus Aspelmeyer (PI in Quantum Optics, Quantum Nanophysics and Quantum Information, University of Vienna, Austria), Thorsten Ritz (PI in Biological Physics and Soft Condensed Matter, University of California in Irvine, USA), and Vadim Makarov (Research Assistant Professor in Quantum Hacking, Quantum Cryptography, Quantum Communications and Single Photon Detectors, Waterloo, Canada). All three keynote speakers will stay around for the full three days.

A poster session is planned on the Tuesday evening. All participants who are not presenting a paper are encouraged to present their work then. The poster session is followed by a workshop session. We will organise two 45-minutes rounds of six parallel sessions, so you can take part in two of your choice. The six topics are:

  1. Scientific Publishing: a chief editor from Nature Physics will tell us more on world of scientific publications;

  2. Vacuum Technology: an expert will join us to discuss the challenges of working with vacuum setups;

  3. Science and Media: is a workshop on how to translate your research to the wider audience, how to deal with the media, and why it is important to communicate your research;

  4. Working in Industry: a director in industry will join us to tell from his own experience what a post-PhD career in industry can look like;    

  5. Cryogenics: this will be a workshop working with (different types of) cryostats. Learn the latest cryogenic tips and tricks here!;

  6. Ethics of Science and Technology: a professor of Philosophy of Technology will lead this discussion session.

Meeting your Leiden and Delft colleagues
On the afternoon of the 20th, we will go sailing on the nearby lakes (Heegermeer, Fluessen). If you are already an experienced sailor and feel comfortable sailing a small (max. 5 persons) boat, please sign up as skipper. We will arrange an on-land activity for those who are not fond of sailing. And of course, the famous Casimir pub quiz will also be part of our Spring School's program. The Spring School offers plenty of opportunities to make new friends!

Costs, cancellation policy, and credits

  • The registration deadline has passed - it is not possible to register for our Spring School anymore. However, by filling in the form in the below you can sign up for the waiting list. You will be notified as soon as we receive a cancellation.
  • The costs for the Spring School, including all meals and drinks, are covered by the Casimir Research School.
  • It is possible to cancel your registration until January 15th, by sending an e-mail to Marije Boonstra. Cancellation after this date without finding a replacement for your spot, or a 'no show' means that you have to shoulder the costs made for you (ca. € 200,- p.p.)!
  • For attending the school you will receive 1 GSC (Graduate School Credit), for presenting a paper or poster presentation you will receive an extra 0.5 GSC.