June 9, 2018

Berlin Long Night of Sciences 2018: The Cube of Physics

Can one represent the entire knowledge of physics in terms of a cube? Does physics consist of eight `theories’ and six ‘worlds’ that respectively correspond to the corners and surfaces of a cube? May the cube even contain the key to the Theory of Everything? An exhibition of the Department of Physics in cooperation with the Department of Cultural History and Theory addresses these questions. Based on the idea of projecting the corners of a cube onto the triangular surfaces of an octahedron, this exhibition presents an expansive art installation in the foyer of the Department of Physics. The connections between cube, octahedron, physical theories, worlds, and fundamental constants may be explored in an interactive installation, in which visitors take the cube of physics into their own hands.

(Rodolfo Garau, Christian Kassung, Franziska Paul, Jürgen P. Rabe, Matthias Staudacher, Michael Thiele-Maaß, Stefan Zieme) 

Location: Department of Physics, Adlershof, 12489 Berlin
Time: 17:00 - 24:00

June 21, 2018

Symposium “IRIS 2018”


The Integrative Research Institute for the Sciences IRIS Adlershof invites to the one-day symposium IRIS 2018. The focus is on ideas for the further development of the IRIS research areas in the fields zu den Themenfeldern Advanced Microscopies, Hybrid Materials for Optics and Electronics, Mathematical  Physics of Complex Systems and Quantum Technologies. The symposium will end with a BBQ at Gerdan's Café.

Speakers include:

Location: Erwin-Schrödinger-Zentrum, Raum 0‘119
Rudower Chaussee 26, 12489 Berlin


Time: 9:00 - 19:30



July 31 - August 9, 2018

HoW exciting! Workshop on excitations in solids
HoW exciting! 2018 consists of two closely related events, a hands-on tutorial and an international workshop about excitations in solids.

Hands-on tutorial on excitations in solids (July 31 - August 5, 2018)

This tutorial offers young scientists the opportunity to practice with hands-on exercises with the software package exciting. These exercises will guide participants through the topics addressed in the subsequent workshop: From the basics of DFT to advanced topics, such as time-dependent DFT and many-body perturbation theory, as well as to their applications to real materials.

Workshop on excitations in solids (August 6-9, 2018)

Excitations in solids are among the most exciting phenomena in condensed-matter physics. In this context, the electronic-structure approach within density-functional theory (DFT) is the first level in a hierarchical set of models which are needed to quantitatively describe and understand these phenomena in real materials. The relationship of the different computational techniques and domains of applicability is still a challenging task. At the same time, advances in theoretical and computational methods go hand in hand with the progresses in experimental techniques.



Location: Lise-Meitner-Haus
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Newtonstraße 15, 12489 Berlin


October 23-26, 2018

The Workshop on Advanced Spectroscopy of Organic Materials for Electronic Applications
The series of biannual ASOMEA-workshops began in 2001 as a meeting of Swedish and Japanese scientists working with spectroscopic techniques and theoretical modeling for a better understanding of organic electronic materials and related interfaces. Around 50-60 participants primarily from Sweden, Japan, and Germany but also from other countries across the world are expected.

Scientific Topics:
  • Spectroscopy of Molecular Liquids, Solids and Interfaces
  • UV and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopies/Microscopies
  • X-ray Absorption and Emission Spectroscopies
  • Time-resolved/Multi-colored Spectroscopies
  • Ambient Pressure/Operando Spectroscopies
  • and more
Time: October 23-26  


Location: Schluchsee, Germany