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Physics - Faculty of Science - Leiden University

Frontiers of Modern Physics

This summer school of the Leiden Institute of Physics (LION) offers outstanding students the opportunity to discover the research frontiers of modern physics. The 8-day programme includes a series of seminars by renowned physicists, visits to research laboratories, and several social activities.

Bachelor students from all over the world in the last years of their studies come to Leiden to participate in a summer school filled with talks, lab tours and cultural events. 


Participants get a unique peek into all the physics research carried out in Leiden. From quantum matter and optics, to biological & soft matter physics and cosmology.

  • Quantum matter: from black hole physics to superconductors
  • Cosmology and elementary particles
  • Quantum computation and communication
  • Physics of the living cell
  • Quantum transport in mesoscopic devices
  • Single molecule optics and electronics
  • Soft and active materials
  • Physics of metamaterials
  • Quantum microscopy

Laboratory Tours

The participants will have a chance to discover the latest research trends in modern physics by visiting Leiden’s state-of-the-art research facilities for quantum measurements, ultramicroscopy, nanofabrication, and the Cell Observatory.

Social Events

The program offers a wide range of social activities like a day at the beach, boat tour of the canals, a pub quiz, and exploring the historic city of Leiden.

All participants will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the course. Are you interested in joining? Read more about the application procedure and practical details of the summer school.

Spend your summer in Leiden!

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