Public Lecture & Panel Discussion

11 September 2013 at the Deutsches Museum in Munich

Both, lecture and discussion, were organized as public outreach activity within the framework of the “Conference on Resonator QED” and attracted more than 150 participants. The event was publically announced by the Deutsches Museum.

Key objective of Serge Haroche’s lecture was to explain his Nobel Prize awarded research in the field of quantum optics to a public audience in a non-technical way. At the end of his lecture Serge Haroche delivered a key part of his experiment (superconducting cavity mirrors) to the physics section of the Deutsches Museum.

The panel discussion which took place subsequently aimed at examining the link between basic research and innovation in the eyes of representatives from science (Serge Haroche and Tommaso Calarco), the European Commission (Wolfgang Burtscher), and industry (Carlos Härtel, General Electrics). Central question of the discussion was “Does research need to be application oriented in order to benefit society?”. The discussion was moderated by Jeanne Rubner from Bayrischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcast). The audience was informed about the general background and particular objectives of European research policy.

A flyer which includes an abstract of the event is available here

From left to right: Picture 1: Serge Haroche; Picture 2: Carlos Haertel, Serge Haroche, Jeanne Rubner, Wolfgang Burtscher, Tommaso Calarco; Picture 3: Johannes-Geert Hagmann, Carlos Haertel, Gerhard Rempe, Serge Haroche, Wolfgang Heckl, Jeanne Rubner, Tommaso Calarco, Tatjana Wilk, Wolfgang Burtscher; Picture 4: Public audience

The event was co-organized by the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, the CCQED network and the EU Office of Max-Planck-Institutes – Regional Cluster Bavaria in collaboration with the Deutsches Museum in Munich.