The QuMat Summer school 2024

The QuMat summer schools will take place on 24 – 28 June 2024 at Hotel Amelander Kaap in Hollum, Friesland.

The event is free for QuMat PhD students and Postdocs.

Affiliated QuMat students are welcome at a reduced cost (€ 500) and external students at self-cost rates (€ 1000).

In case of over-registration, a selection will be made based the relation to QuMat.

The program begins on Monday 24 June at 9:00 and will end on Friday 28 June at/after lunch (to allow for travel home in the afternoon). It is our desire that the students will visit the school for the entire week 24 – 28 June. Accommodation is therefore booked from Sunday 23 June until Friday 28 June (five nights). The exact schedule for the boats on Sunday can be found e.g. here.

Wednesday Kite surfing

Lessons between 2 and 5. We bike together after lunch

Kitesurfschool KiteSpot Ameland
Het Westerpad 1a
9163 KM Nes

Thursday Dinner and Beach fire


Burenlaan 41

9161 AJ Hollum

Beach Fire

The Hollum Beach

To the right of “The sunset club” (the second fire)

Hotel Amelander Kaap

Fletcher Resort-Hotel Amelander Kaap
Oosterhiemweg 1
9161 CZ Hollum

Bikes on the island

Our intention is to rent bikes for all participants that will be available the entire week of the summer school.

For those joining on the organized ferry the bike will be piked up at docks and we will all bike together to the hotel. The bike-ride takes about 30 minutes. Your luggage will be taken care of and transported separately to the hotel.

If you do NOT come with the organized ferry, the bike will be waiting for you at the hotel.

When returning on Friday afternoon, we will again bike together back to the boat where we will return the bikes. Again, the luggage will be transported separately.

You will NOT need to bring your own bike and your will NOT need to bike with your own luggage.


 Mo – 24/6Tu – 25/6We – 26/6Th – 27/6Fr – 28/6
09:00TopologyMaterialsMagnetismExp. TechniquesDevices
10:00TopologyMaterialsMagnetismExp. TechniquesDevices
11:00TopologyMaterialsMagnetismExp. TechniquesDevices

Group Activity

(Kite surfing lessons on the beach)

PhD MeetingGo home
14:30Tutorial (Top)Tutorial (Top)
15:00Tutorial (Magnetism)
15:30Poster SessionPoster Session
18:00 Dinner HotelDinner HotelDinner in Restaurant de Griffel
18:30Dinner Hotel
19:30Outreach / Sci. Comm.
20:00Industrial speaker Fire and Marshmallows


Our school aims to provide students working on Materials for the Quantum Age with a common language that allows experimentalists and theorists to discuss, e.g. topology, materials science, and spintronics across the specializations of their discipline.

The topics are chosen to accomplish this objective.

Topology Flore Kunst (MPL Erlangen)
Band structure, Berry Curvature, Edge Modes, Classification, Topological invariants.
Materials Leslie Schoop (Princeton)
Material properties, how to make materials, characterization, what atoms are good for what?
Magnetism Michael Wimmer (TU Delft, QuMat)
Magnetism, superconductivity and topological superconductivity
Exp. Techiques Philip Willke (Karlsruhe)
A look under the hood of STM techniques.
Devices Marcos Guimarães (Groningen, QuMat)
Light matter interfaces, spintronics.
Outreach / Sci. Comm. Julie Schoorl (Leiden)
Workshop on science communication
Industrial speaker Anton Quelle (Pascal)
Quantum Computers in Industry

Organized Travel

We are planning to organize transport to (Sunday) and from (Friday) Leeuwarden. Specifically we will be booking tickets for

  • Sunday: Transport from Leeuwarden (with the train that arrives at 14:42 from Groningen) to Holwert, and further with the boat that leaves Holwert at 16:00.
  • Friday: The the boat that leaves Ameland at 14:45, via Holwert, to catch the train that leaves Leeuwarden at 16:47.

Note that the train from Zwolle to Leuwaarden will NOT ride all the way because of works on the tracks. Instead we recommend that you use the “Arriva stoptrain” from Groningen. See below for NS travel-searches via Groningen:

Poster workshop

All (student) participants of the school are expected to bring a poster (physical or digital). There will be two poster workshop sessions: Monday and Tuesday.

The poster workshop will be slightly different than a traditional poster session.

In essence it works as follows. On Monday and Tuesday afternoon we will start as normal with poster pitches. After that, there will be several rounds of poster presentations where multiple posters will be presented in smaller groups.

As presenter, you can choose to bring a real poster for this presentation, or use your laptop to “show” your digital poster, whatever you prefer.

The idea with the workshop is to allow everyone to show their work in an interactive setting.

For the 1-minute pitch, you are allowed to show ONE STATIC slide (PDF or JPEG/PNG). You will be called individually to the stage to pitch your poster. All slides will be collected by the QuMat office in advance and shown from a central computer. We look forward to reeving your slide and poster title, no later than Monday June 17.

Read more about a good poster pitch here.

The registration for the summer school is now closed! Deadline was January 31 2024.


The chairs of the summer school are Alexander Brinkman and Machteld Kamminga. Practical questions can be addressed to the QuMat office.

Statement of support

We would like to acknowledge the funding sources that supports the QuMat summer school: The OCW, NWO and Quantum Delta (Hub Twente).

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