Frascati, April 1st – 5th  2019

Challenges in Modern Physics and Quantum Technologies


INSPYRE – INternational School on modern PhYsics and Research, “Challenges in Modern Physics and Quantum Technologies”, is dedicated to the hottest topics, real challenges for a new generation of scientists, of Modern Physics and to the powerful Quantum Technologies envisaging a quantum supremacy technological era. We’ll rock you, using accelerators and gravitational waves observatories, in a fantastic journey from quarks to neutron stars and black holes, to explore the Universe. INSYRE 2019 will host a two-days dedicated event organized in the framework of the European COST Action CA15220 – Quantum Technologies in Space, where recent progress in the quantum realm and main challenges for Quantum Technologies on Earth and in Space will be introduced.

You, the young INSPYRED ones, participants to the 2019 Edition, will be involved in a series of hands-on experiments of modern physics realized for and with you by us, the researchers. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the main experiments and accelerating facilities at LNF.

The School is open to about 80 students in their last two years of high school coming from many countries. English is the official language of the school

The activity is free of charge; however, participants should provide for travel, accommodation and dinner expenses (lunch is offered at the canteen by LNF).

We are looking forward to INSPYRE you, and get INSPYRED by you!





In order to participate, high-schools should apply filling this FORM.
Application deadline is December 15th . There are still some seats available for foreign schools.
Because of the high number of applications, only 2 students will be accepted per school and selection will work on a first come first served basis.
Since we have reached the maximum number of participants, any other application submitted from November 30th will be set on a waiting list

The LNF Communication and Scientific Education Office will contact the schools selected in order to define the details for their participation.

We are looking forward to INSPYRE you with new Challenges in Modern Physics and Quantum Technologies!



Monday 1 April – Auditorium B. Touschek

09:00 – 10:00 Registration
10:15 – 11:00 Welcome (LNF-INFN Director: P. Campana)
10:15 – 11:00 Get INSPYRED – Introduction and Presentation of LNF-INFN activities
(INSPYRE Directors: C. Curceanu, R. Centioni)
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:30 Students’ introduction – Speed date INSPYRE 2019
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:45 – 16:00 The Standard Model of Particle Physics (Antonio Polosa, Univ. Sapienza Roma)

Tuesday 2 April – Auditorium B. Touschek

09:15 – 10:15 Accelerating the future (Massimo Ferrario, INFN-LNF)
10:30 – 11:30 The 7 mysteries of Modern Physics (Catalina Curceanu, INFN-LNF)
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break
12:00 – 12:30 My path into Particle physics. Hunting muons (Raffaella Donghia, INFN-LNF)
12:30 – 13:00 Characterization of the optical performance of laser retroreflectors for Satellite and Lunar Laser ranging techniques (Chiara Mondaini, INFN-LNF)
12:00 – 12:30 A Physic Wars story: the VIP2 experiment and the rebel electron (Luca De Paolis, INFN-LNF)
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:45 – 16:00 Vivere pericolosamente in the quantum world: taking shortcuts to adiabaticity and driving at the quantum speed limit (Sorin Paraoanu, Aalto University, Finland)
16:00 – 17:00 Visit to LNF and to Visitor Center

Wednesday 3 April – Auditorium B. Touschek

09:20 – 13:30 Dedicated to experiments:
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:45 – 16:00 Einstein, E.T. and the cosmic gold factory (Viviana Fafone, Univ. Roma Tor Vergata)
16:00 – 17:00 Visit to LNF and to Visitor Center
17:00 – 18:00 Lectio Magistralis: Meet the qubit… and send it around! (Paolo Villoresi, Univ. of Padova) OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
19:30 Social Event

Thursday  4 April– Auditorium B. Touschek

09:20 – 13:30 Dedicated to experiments:
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:45 – 16:00 Quantum nonlocality: science fiction becomes reality (Angelo Bassi, Univ. and INFN Trieste)

Friday 5 April – Auditorium B. Touschek

09:00 – 10:15 Physics at the LHC (Michelangelo Mangano, CERN)
10:15 – 11:15 Dark Matter searches, or else how to see something invisible (Elisabetta Baracchini, GSSI)
11:15 – 11:45  Coffee Break
11:45 – 12:45 Schrödinger’s cat in space (Rainer Kaltenbaek, Vienna University)
12:45 – 13:30 Discussions, participation certificates awarding and farewell
13:30 Lunch



How to reach the National Laboratory of Frascati (LNF)

As regards nearby accommodation solutions, LNF has an account with “Hotel Villa Mercede” and “Hotel Antica Colonia“: in both cases the cost is 38 euros per person per night in multiple room, breakfast included. This special rate is also applicable if you check-in on the 31st of March.

Lessons will start approximately on Monday 1st of April at 9.00 am and will finish on Friday 5th of April at 2.30 pm. The final schedule will be published soon.



Catalina Curceanu –

Rossana Centioni –

Organization contact