Stellenbosch-Hamburg Condensed Matter Symposium

Joint symposium of

Stellenbosch University, the NITheCS, and Hamburg University

April 9th and 10th, 2024,

Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS)

Stellenbosch, South Africa.

About the symposium

This symposium connects renowned institutions from Stellenbosch and Hamburg, Lund, Warsaw, Boston, and Baltimore, bridging continents to share, discuss and explore advancements in theoretical condensed matter physics and related areas in theoretical and mathematical physics. The symposium is designed to foster global scientific exchange and future collaborations. The symposium organized by the “Next Generation Partnership” program of the University of Hamburg, the Stellenbosch University, and NITheCS.


Our agenda encompasses an array of engaging sessions, featuring the topics

    • Spin & topology & superconductivity theory
    • Geometrical aspects of quantum systems and coherent states
    • Noncommutative quantum mechanics/decoherence
    • Quantum many-body systems
    • Quantum technologies/Computer & machine learning

Additional activities

To support an atmosphere for rich discussion, the symposium includes an extended lunch break, a poster session, and a conference dinner. The posters are presented by a 1-minute presentation on the main stage, giving young scientists the chance to pitch their research in front of a larger audience.

Confirmed speakers:

A. Forbes WITS University
A. Magnus Ukpong University of KwaZulu-Natal
B. Bartlett Stellenbosch University
F. Scholtz Stellenbosch University
J. Kriel Stellenbosch University
H. van Zyl University of Cape Town
H. Weigel Stellenbosch University
I. Snyman WITS University
J. Murugan University of Cape Town
M. Tame Stellenbosch University
M. Trif Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
P. Nandi Stellenbosch University
T. Posske University of Hamburg
Y. Ismail Stellenbosch University

The organizers:

Hannes Kriel, Stellenbosch University
Bruce Bartlett, Stellenbosch University
Frederik Scholtz, Stellenbosch University
Francesco Petruccione, SU and NITheCS
Thore Posske, University of Hamburg


  • Download the schedule, and download the list of speakers including times and titles
  • Sessions on
    Topology, spin, and superconductivity;
    Geometrical aspects of quantum systems & coherent states;
    Noncommutative quantum mechanics, decoherence & quantum many-body systems;
    Quantum technologies/computers and machine learning;
  • Extended discussions at lunch breaks, poster session, and conference dinner


Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS)
Marais Rd, Mostertsdrift, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa

On Monday: registration and reception at Merensky Building, U Stellenbosch
111 Merriman Ave, Stellenbosch, 7602, South Africa


  • Registration deadline is April 1
  • Conference fee: 1000 ZAR (PI), 750 ZAR (Postdoc/student)
  • Conference fee includes:
    • Participation at the conference
    • Conference lunches (2 days)
    • Conference dinner
  • Special circumstances? Apply for a waiver.