Past Events

2020 MPC Annual Meeting

October 19, 2020 - October 20, 2020


Funding secured for the Max Planck - University of Ottawa Centre for Extreme and Quantum Photonics - German ambassador guest during the annual meeting

2019 MPC Annual Meeting

October 29, 2019 - October 31, 2019

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
The fifth annual meeting of the MPC took place at MPL’s beautiful new building in Erlangen, Germany. The University of Ottawa sent 27 MPC members to attend this meeting. Over three days, about 30 oral presentations were given by MPC researchers, reporting on new ideas, potential collaborative projects as well as recent breakthroughs, initiating fruitful scientific discussions. We also took this opportunity to discuss the renewal of the Centre, and what we want to achieve over the next five years, which will be the second and final term of the MPC. Learn More.

The Schawlow-Townes Symposium Series

October 18, 2019 - October 18, 2019

Ottawa, Canada
The Schawlow-Townes Symposium is the major academic event of the Photonics Community at the University of Ottawa. It was established in 2012 to honour photonics pioneers Arthur Schawlow and Charles Townes. Prof. Townes attended the inaugural event in this series and gave an inspiring lecture. The Schawlow-Townes Symposium is cosponsored by NRC, the National Research Council of Canada.

Workshop on Machine Learning for Quantum Technology

May 8, 2019 - May 10, 2019

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
This international workshop covered emerging applications of machine learning to quantum devices, including advanced methods like reinforcement learning.

2018 MPC Annual meeting

October 15, 2018 - October 16, 2018

Ottawa, Canada
The fourth annual meeting of the MPC took place Ottawa, with 20 researchers from outside of Canada plus the MPC groups from Ottawa. During the one and a half day event, about 17 oral presentations were given by MPC researchers, reporting on new ideas, potential collaborative projects as well as recent breakthroughs, initiating fruitful scientific discussions. In total, over 77 researchers attended the meeting.

MPC-EQP Sumer School on Extreme and Quantum Photonics Summer School

July 18, 2018 - July 22, 2018

Ottawa, Canada
The MPC organized and hosted a summer school designed as an in-depth introduction to a wide variety of subjects in Photonics including twisted light, metamaterials, entanglement with photons, and ultrafast laser pulses. Lecturers included internationally recognized Canadian and International leaders in the fundamental and applied aspect of this field. The talks were specifically designed for senior undergraduates and master’s students.

2017 MPC Annual Meeting

October 9, 2017 - October 11, 2017

Ottawa, Canada
The third annual meeting of the MPC took place at Tabaret Hall in Ottawa. Sixteen MPC researchers from MPL and MPQ met with the involved groups from Ottawa. During the two-day event, about 25 oral presentations were given by MPC researchers and PIs, reporting on new ideas, potential collaborative projects as well as recent breakthroughs, initiating fruitful scientific discussions. In total, over 70 researchers attended the meeting.

2016 MPC Annual Meeting

July 18, 2016 - July 22, 2016

Erlangen, Germany
The second annual meeting of the MPC took place at Ringberg Castle near Tegernsee in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. A delegation of fourteen researchers from Canada met with the involved groups from MPL and MPQ. Over five days, about forty presentations were given by MPC researchers and PIs as well as other invited guests, reporting on progress of joint work and initiating scientific discussions and new collaborative research projects. In total, over sixty researchers attended the meeting.

Symposium for the Science of Light at MPL

April 24, 2016 - April 26, 2016

Erlangen, Germany
The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) hosted the IMPRS symposium for the Science of Light. The event was jointly organised by International Max Planck Research Schools for the Physics of Light (IMPRS-PL at MPL) and for Advanced Photon Science (IMPRS-APS at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics) and the Max Planck – University of Ottawa Centre for Extreme and Quantum Photonics. More than 90 master

606th WEH-Seminar on Nanophotonics and Complex Spatial Modes of Light

January 24, 2016 - January 29, 2016

Bad Honnef, Germany
The 606th WEH-Seminar on Nanophotonics and Complex Spatial Modes of Light was held at the Physikzentrum in Bad Honnef, Germany. The event was organised by Peter Banzer and Gerd Leuchs, both members of the MPC. Young researchers and students were brought together with leading international experts from different optics communities, such as nano-optics, plasmonics, nanophotonics and structured light. The event featured oral presentations by 22 renowned speakers, poster sessions, poster awards and

2015 MPC Annual Meeting

October 5, 2015 - October 7, 2015

Ottawa, Canada
The first official annual meeting of the Max Planck Centre was held at the University of Ottawa's main campus in downtown Ottawa. Fifteen researchers from Germany met with the Canadian groups of the MPC. Over three days, thirty presentations were given with the purpose of demonstrating the multiple research topics being explored by the researchers of the MPC, and to initiate scientific discussions and collaborative research projects.