December 10-11, 2018 – Workshop “Use-cases from quantum technologies for sensing and metrology” at Institut Néel (Grenoble, France)

A first of his kind, this workshop aims to explore the use-cases from quantum technologies for sensing and metrology applications. The chosen method is based on a prospective analysis associating quantum technology experts, and technology prescribers in their field (research, industry or market), able to define the relevant performances, needs and ultimately markets.

Six technology areas will be considered, covering both use cases in research (may involve high-tech industry, or academia), where the highest performances are targeted, where the market sizes can be small and the cost may play a secondary role, and use cases for the end-user, where the typical market sizes are very large, the costs have to be low and the device sizes have (often) to be small. These areas are:

  • Quantum enhanced magnetometry
  • Gravimeters
  • Detecting microwave radiations, and applications
  • Detecting radiation at single photon level, and applications
  • Time references
  • Quantum enhanced interferometry, and applications

Be at the forefront of thinking about the impact of quantum technologies on sensors and metrology!

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December 5-6, 2018 – Workshop “Atomic interferometry” in Toulouse (France)

This international workshop, dedicated to the use of cold atoms for atomic interferometry, represents as well the yearly national event promoted by the “GdR Atomes Froids” for 2018.
There are no registration fees, but travel and accommodation are not supported by the organization.
You have the opportunity to present posters during all the workshop. A poster session is planned on Wednesday evening. If you want to present a poster, please submit a short summary once registered.

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October 22-24, 2018 – Joint workshop for EMPIR energy and environment calls at LNE (Paris, France)

LNE will be hosting a workshop to collect ideas for new topics for next years’ EMPIR energy and environment calls. This workshop is intended for all stakeholders and NMI experts intending to submit potential research topics and/or to provide suggestions for new ideas that need investigating.
We welcome everyone (whether intending to co-ordinate a project or not) to contribute to the discussions and help identify the key research topics – this is very important to ensure all project submissions align with stakeholder needs and provide sufficient impact to industry.
Please note that there are two separate sessions for energy and environment. Delegates do not need to join both sessions.

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29 – 30 June 2017  –  Workshop “ACES workshop: Fundamental and applied science with clocks and cold atoms in space” at University of Zürich, Switzerland

The colloquium will bring together the scientific community interested in the results of ACES/PHARAO in all domains, from theoretical physics to cold atoms and application in geodesy and atmospheric studies. It will consist of invited and contributed presentations on the details of ACES, data analysis and scientific applications. Whilst centered on ACES/PHARAO the colloquium is open to more general contributions on theory and experiments in any of the related subject areas. The aim is to prepare within the broad scientific community for the upcoming launch (2018) and scientific exploitation of the data.

The workshop will include both review and contributed talks and will be organized only in plenary sessions, with ample time for discussion.

More details can be found on the web site of the conference:


28 May – 2 June 2017  –  Workshop “Spectroscopy, Dynamics and Applications of Cold Molecular Ions” at Ecole de physique des Houches

This workshop, organized by Olivier Dullieu (LAC) and Laurent Hilico (LKB), follows the workshops organized in Sandbjerg (Denmark) in 2011, Arosa (2013) and Bad Honnef (2015), and focuses on cold molecular ion physics.

Within a five half-days program with invited and selected oral contributions as well as poster sessions, it will address recent experimental and theoretical achievements in molecular ion spectroscopy, molecular ion-neutral collisions, cold chemistry, quantum logic protocols towards precision measurements and fundamental constant determination.

The participation of young researchers in the field is strongly encouraged. The attendance is limited to 70 persons, so early registration is recommended.

The website of this conference supplies further information about registration, deadlines, venue and submission of contributions. It can be found It can be found at


3-5 April 2017  –  Workshop ESA MTT – Microwave Technology and Techniques, ESTEC / Noordwijk

This workshop will be a unique opportunity to meet with partners and actors of the domain, to review sate of the arts development on the field, to identify key applications for microwave devices, to identify future key enabling technologies, to detect trends and issues, mainly in areas such RF, frequency generation, Microwave photonics, Microwave technologies, Navigation, etc…

Submission of abstracts is due by October 1st, 2015. See details for submission on MTT’s web site.

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 2 décembre 2016 – Workshop du GDR-AF/IFRAF – Cold Atoms and Quantum Technologies

The French national network (GDR) on Cold Atoms and IFRAF organize their second workshop on Cold Atoms and Quantum Technologies (Atomes Froids et Technologies Quantiques), at ENS Paris on Friday, December 2, 2016. Following a first meeting in 2013, this one-day workshop will highlight the state of the art of cold atom experiments in the context of future quantum technologies. The program features invited talks by world-leading experts, covering quantum sensing, quantum communication, and quantum simulations and computing and with ultracold atoms. There will also be a poster session.

Confirmed invited speakers include: 

Markus Greiner

Carsten Klempt

Arno Rauschenbeutel

Jun Ye

Philippe Bouyer

Antoine Browaeys

Jean Dalibard

Jérôme Lodewyck

The workshop will be held in Salle Dussane, Ecole Normale Supérieure, 24 rue Lhomond, Paris.


Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required. The registration website will soon be announced in a follow-up message.

Scientific Committee: Christophe Salomon, Ekkehard Peik, Franck Pereira dos Santos, Peter Zoller

Organizing Committee:   Jakob Reichel, Michèle Leduc, Robin Kaiser

Sponsors: IFRAF, GDR Atomes Froids, Dim NanoK

11 oct. 2016 – Workshop “Photonics and Precision Measurements”

The topic of this workshop is around the role of optical components and  sub-systems in instruments and experiments for extreme precision measurements. This workshop, which is organized in CNRS (Paris) in collaboration with FIRST-TF, will allow different communities to meet and to exchange: components developers, users in precision measurement experiments, laboratories, industry. The objective is to identify the user requirements on one hand, and the potentialities of specific components on the other hand, to trigger new collaborative projects.

More information on this workshop coming soon.

10 oct. 2016 – Workshop “Compact and miniaturized atomic clocks”

This workshop, organized by the FIRST-TF working group MINICLOCKS, will address various scientific and technological topics on compact and miniaturized atomic clocks. This workshop will take place in CNES (Paris).

More information on this workshop coming soon.

28-29 sept. 2016 – Workshop “Atom Interferometry and Space Geodesy”

This workshop will take place in CNES (Paris).

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20-22 sept. 2016 – ESA Industry Space Days

This workshop will take place in ESTEC (Noordwijk, Pays-Bas).

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10 jun 2016 – Day 2016 of Club “Optique and micro-ondes” of  SFO

This day is organized by Observatoire of Nice by Michel Lintz and Fabien Kéfélian (ARTEMIS) , Clément Courde (Géoazur).

The web site of the day of the optical club and microwave is now on-line

⇒ Site of Club “Optique et micro-ondes” of SFO


8 April 2016 – Workshop “Optical clocks: quantum engineering and international timekeeping”

This workshop is organized by two EMRP project consortia QESOCAS and ITOC, as a satellite meeting of the European Frequency and Time Forum, on April 8th 2016 at the University of York (UK).

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22-24 feb. 2016 – International Workshop on Ultra-cold Group II Atoms

This workshop, whose topic is theory and experiments with ultra-cold alkaline-earth atoms (Sr, Yb, Hg, Mg, Ra…), will take place on 22-24 Feb. 2016 at Paris Observatory.
Please feel free to come and attend the workshop in the amphitheatre of IAP.

The detailed program can be found at



17th Féb 2016  –  the direct dectectoin of gravitational waves

Following the annoucement of the direct detection of gravitational waves, a one day meeting is organized on 17th Feb. 2016. The seminars will address the detectors, the observed signals, the consequences on astrophysics and fundamental physics.
This meeting will take place on Wednesday 17th Feb. 2016, starting at 09:30, in the amphitheatre Turing, Sophie Germain Building, Paris-Diderot University.
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