Redefining the foundations of physics in the quantum technology era

ICTP, Trieste - 16-19 September, 2019


TEQ - Testing the Large scale Limit of Quantum Mechanics, is a EU H2020 FET project, which will explore the macroscopic limit of quantum theory, with the specific goal of answering the question: does quantum coherence survive when the mass/complexity of a system increases, or does it break down as predicted by alternative formulations? Assessing the boundaries of quantum theory is one of the most relevant problems in modern physics, with also a clear technological impact, as the scalability of future quantum technologies depends on the possibly unlimited validity of the quantum paradigm.

Within the framework of TEQ, the workshop Redefining the foundations of physics in the quantum technology era will explore the state of the art – both theoretically and experimentally – of our understanding of quantum theory and discuss the new directions of research. 

Speakers will include leading senior experts in quantum mechanics as well as junior members of the TEQ consortium.

Registration is mandatory and is open till 30 June 2019.


Markus Arndt (University of Vienna, Austria)*

Luis Cortes Barbado (University of Vienna, Austria)

Sougato Bose (University College London, UK)

Matteo Carlesso (University of Trieste, Italy)

Tobias Donner (University Medical Center Hamburg UKE, Germany)

Detlef Duerr (Ludwig Maximilian University - LMU Munich, Germany)*

Ron Folman (University of the Negev, Israel)

Simon Groeblacher (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)

Gabriel Hetet (ENS, France)

Vincent Jarlaud (Aarhus University, Denmark)

Edward Laird (University of Lancaster, UK)

Luca Mancino (Queen's University Belfast, UK)

Stephan Nimmrichter (Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen, Germany)

Tracy Northup (University of Innsbruck, Austria)

Tjerk Oosterkamp (University of Leiden, The Netherlands)

Antonio Pontin (University College London, UK)

Jason Ralph (University of Liverpool, UK)

Nicolas Sangouard (University of Basel, Switzerland)

Andrew Steane (University of Oxford, UK)

Andrea Vinante (University of Southampton, UK)

Magdalena Zych (University of Queensland, Australia)


*to be confirmed



Programme Committee

Angelo Bassi (University of Trieste - chair), Catalina Curceanu (INFN), Peter Barker (UCL), Mauro Paternostro (Queen’s University Belfast), Michael Drewsen (Aarhus University), Liberato Manna (TU Delft), Hendrik Ulbricht (University of Southampton), Caslav Brukner (University of Vienna), Nils Hempler (M Squared Lasers Limited)


The workshop will take place in Kastler Lecture Hall, Adriatico Guesthouse, ICTP, Via Grignano 9, Trieste. The Adriatico Guesthouse can be reached directly from the train station by taking the bus number 6.

Registration Form

Further details will follow.