The Second Polish-French Symposium on Advances in Ultracold Matter Physics was successfully held at the Scientific Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Paris. This symposium marked the continuation of a fruitful scientific collaboration between Polish and French researchers working on ultracold gases and its potential applications in emerging quantum technologies.

The symposium successfully fostered a vibrant atmosphere for international collaboration, bringing together scientists from not only Poland and France but also from Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, and Singapore, and such personalities as Maciej Lewenstein, Alice Sinatra, Tilman Pfau, Jan Arlt and Kazimierz Rzążewski..

One of the highlights of the symposium was the dedication of the first day to celebrate the 80th birthday of Professor Kazimierz Rzążewski, scientists well-known for his contribution to the fields of quantum optics and ultracold quantum gases. His achievements were recognized by the scientific community and resulted in such awards as the Humboldt Foundation Prize, Galileo Medal, and the FNP Prize for 2015 (commonly referred to as the “Polish Nobel Prize”). As a long-time employee and former director of the Center for Theoretical Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Professor Rzążewski has inspired and mentored dozens of researchers.

The event has laid the foundation for ongoing scientific cooperation, paving the way for innovative discoveries and breakthroughs in quantum technologies and beyond.


Date of the event: 31 may – 2 June 2023

Place of the event: Polish Academy of Sciences Scientific Center in Paris (74, rue Lauriston)


Organising Committee:

dr hab. Emilia Witkowska, prof. Polish Academy of Sciences Institute of Physics in Warsaw

dr hab. Krzysztof Pawłowski, prof. Center for Theoretical Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw

Anna Olczak, Polish Academy of Sciences, Scientific Center in Paris