Modern Physics At All Scales
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Modern Physics At All Scales Science

Present day physics stretches from better understanding of the evolution of the universe to the physics of condensed matter, biological processes, soft matter and metamaterials. The summer programme will highlight aspects of these fields, with an emphasis on the Leiden Master programme and the experimental and theoretical research opportunities offered within the Leiden Institute of Physics (LION).

  • Start date 22-07-18
  • Duration 10 days
  • Level Bachelor
  • Apply before 15-04-18
  • Location Leiden
  • Course fee 0.-

Please note: the 2018 programme will be announced soon.

Programme 2017

Participants will have a chance to discover the experimental and theoretical Physics research opportunities, comprising:

  • The quantum universe and its imprint on the sky
  • Physics of the living cell
  • Quantum computation and communication
  • Single molecule optics and electronic
  • Quantum imaging techniques
  • Physics of metamaterials

The programme consisted of special topic seminars on cell biology, solid state physics, soft-condensed matter, biophysics, cosmology, elementary particle physics, and electron microscopy. There will also be extensive visits to research laboratories, in particular to the Cell Observatory and the Huygens–Kamerlingh Onnes laboratory. Several social events will be organized, including a visit to Amsterdam and exploring Leiden.

All participants will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

Programme Summer School 2017

Who can apply

The summer school is open to top class 2nd and 3rd year Bachelor students in Physics.

How to apply

Apply by filling out the submission form and submitting the following documents:

  • A letter of recommendation from a member of staff at your current institute. This person should be able to comment on your potential to carry out scientific research, as well as your performance in undergraduate courses; 
  • A letter of motivation
  • A transcript of undergraduate level course grades
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A pdf scan of passport or ID card
  • Good proficiency of the English language is a requirement for participation.

The deadline for application is 15 April 2018.

The maximum number of participants is 35. Applicants will be notified at the latest on 1 May 2016 whether they are admitted to the Summer School.

Tuition Fees & Stipend

Participation in the summer school is free and a limited amount of bursaries for travel to and from the summer school are available.


Accommodation will be provided in Leiden close to campus. Housing is provided from Sunday 22 July until Wednesday 1 August. It is not possible to stay any longer. The accommodation is in walking distance of the Faculty of Science. Bicycles will also be available for use.

Visa & insurance

There are no regional restrictions for participation. However please note that some nationalities require a short stay visa for the Netherlands. When applying for a visa the Leiden Institute of Physics will provide a letter of invitation.We strongly urge our participants to take a travel insurance with a third-party liability insurance to cover any accidental damage or harm caused to other persons or property during the stay in The Netherlands. This is to be arranged by student with the company of their choice.

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About the Leiden Institute of Physics

The Leiden Institute of Physics (LION) incorporates the Huygens-Kamerlingh Onnes laboratory for experimental physics and the Institute Lorentz for theoretical physics. Together the different branches provide an academic environment with a focus on fundamental questions, but with an open eye to benefits for society.

The institute strives to maintain a close interaction between theory and experiments. The research groups in the sub-disciplines closely work together and also cooperation with other institutes within the Leiden Science Faculty is actively promoted. LION maintains a balance between fundamental research and practically oriented research, based upon the conviction that true innovation arises from asking questions that have not been phrased before.

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