Next steps MAQRO/QPPF meeting, Olomouc

Date 11/04/2019 - 12/04/2019

Time All day

Location Palacky University Olomouc


Following the release of the final report of the QPPF study performed on MAQRO in ESA’s Concurrent Design Facility (CDF), this meeting will focus on the next steps towards realizing a quantum physics platform (QPPF) in space with its payload based on earlier work on MAQRO as well as on the results of the CDF study.

After an initial review of the CDF study results the goals of the workshop will be the following:

  • discuss how to address the critical issues identified by ESA, that means, vacuum conditions & loading mechanism
  • identify other challenges we may face
  • discuss the science goals
  • discuss potential payload modifications to bring the mission proposal up to date with recent developments


The meeting will take place on the 6th floor, room 6.014 at 17. listopadu 12, 77146 Olomouc, Czech Republic

How to get there:

Train (or car) is the best way to get there. When going via Vienna you can travel through Breclav or Prerov in the Czech Rep., where one should catch a connecting train (it’s quite smooth though). The overall travel time is about 2 hours by car or some 2.5 hours by train. There also are busses going directly from Vienna to Olomouc – e.g., Leo Express. These buses leave directly from Vienna International Airport and take a bit more than 3 hours.
When traveling long-distance, the best option is flying to Prague, then taking the Airport Express bus (or local bus+metro) to Prague main station and then coming to Olomouc by train (these run frequently and take less than 2.5 hours).

The local hosts are Vladyslav Usenko and Radim Filip.


R. Kaltenbaek, V. Usenko, R. Filip, A. Bassi, M. Paternostro


For inquiries please contact:

This meeting is supported by the COST action QTSpace (


  • A. Bassi (Trieste)
  • J. Bateman (Swansea)
  • A. Belenchia (Belfast)
  • M. Carlesso (Trieste)
  • A. Datta (Warwick)
  • G. Gasbarri (Trieste)
  • O. Jennrich (ESA)
  • R. Kaltenbaek (Ljubljana)
  • N. Kiesel (Vienna)
  • B. Stickler (Duisburg)
  • H. Ulbricht (Southampton)
  • L. Wörner (Bremen)
  • Y. Zhou (Vienna)

This list will be updated continuously. In the case of several speakers, there has not yet been a final confirmation of who from their team will join the workshop.


The preliminary program of the workshop can be seen below:

April 11th
09:30 – 10:00
Coffee and registration
10:00 – 10:10 Opening remarks
10:10 – 13:00 Session 1
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Session 2
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee
16:30 – 18:00 Session 3
18:00 – 19:00 Poster session
20:00 – 22:00 Dinner / Pub
  April 12th
09:00 – 09:30 Coffee
09:30 – 12:00
Session 4
12:00 – 13:30
13:30 – 15:00
Session 5
15:00 – 16:00
Lab Tour