The two topics, quantum optics and control of quantum dynamics, make up the themes of the 71st Scottish Summer School in Physics, which has three main objectives:

  1. To broaden and deepen the background knowledge of young researchers in the general areas of quantum optics and quantum dynamics through the simple medium of a series of advanced lectures given by acknowledged experts in the field.
  1. To provide a perspective of the latest research and future trends in this area via a set of hot topics shorter sessions.
  1. To stimulate new research collaborations and ideas among peers.

The summer school will provide an intensive programme, with formal lectures and discussion sessions. There will be a programme of social and cultural events in order to help create a relaxed and stimulating atmosphere for interaction and learning. Most lecturers will give four one-hour lectures which will enable them to start from a tutorial introduction and hopefully proceed to state-of-the-art developments in their area. The daily programme typically runs from 09.00-20.30, with the evening sessions being a combination of social and non-lecture activities. A rest day is included in the programme.


  • Application deadline for bursary: Monday 23rd March 2015
  • Initial notification of acceptance: Week of 13th April 2015
  • Early application deadline: Sunday 31st May 2015
  • Late applications (fee rise): 1st June 2015
  • Applications close: 20th June 2015

School Schedule

  • Arrival: Tuesday 21st July 2015
  • Free Day: Sunday 26th July 2015
  • Departure: Sunday 2nd August 2015

SUSSP71 Organizing Committee


The School will produce a set of proceedings covering the topics presented by the speakers. These will be mailed out to all the participants. The proceedings will be published as Frontiers in Quantum Dynamics and Quantum Optics, SUSSP71 by Springer (Heidelberg) and will be available in paper and electronic form.

Venue: TIC Building

TIC_View01_260811_v2SUSSP71 will be held in the Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC)of the University of Strathclyde. TIC is a hub for world-leading research, transforming the way academics, business, industry and the public sector collaborate. Opening in March 2015, the centre will offer state-of-the-art conference and event facilities all year round. Download a TIC factsheet.

University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde was established in 1796 by John Anderson, Professor of Natural Philosophy at Glasgow University, as “the place of useful learning”. Today it has 15,000 undergraduate and 7000 post-graduate students. The John Anderson campus is conveniently situated in the city centre and on-site accommodation only minutes away from the lecture venues at the Technology and Innovation Centre. The Physics Department at Strathclyde was rated No.1 in the recent Research Assessment Framework.

Scottish Universities Summer Schools in Physics

The School is being organised under the umbrella of Scottish Universities Summer Schools in Physics (SUSSP), a registered Scottish charity (SC014864). SUSSP was established in 1960 by the four ancient Scottish Universities to contribute to the dissemination of advanced knowledge (in Physics) and the formation of contacts among scientists from different countries through the setting up of a series of annual summer schools of the highest international standard.