Scientists Collaborate On Quantum Physics Research Center

Scientists from Germany and Canada announced on Monday a partnership to establish a research center for the study of quantum physics.

The new facility, dubbed the Max Planck-UBC Centre for Quantum Materials, will reside at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and will be funded by Germany’s Max Planck Society, a prestigious research institution and home to 32 Nobel prizes.

The funding agreement also commits both institutions to conducting joint research projects in Canada and Germany, and to increasing scholarly exchanges, according to a press release.  

The announcement also marks the beginning of the Max Planck Society-UBC “Summer School” on Quantum Materials involving five lecturers and 10 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows from UBC and a similar number of participants from Germany.

“Today’s agreement represents a joining of great strengths within both the Max Plank Society and UBC and will provide the underpinning for future research in advanced materials science,” said UBC President Stephen Toope.

“The knowledge and discoveries generated from these collaborations will profoundly change the lives of present and future generations.”

The new research center will be the third such institute that the Max Planck Society funds outside of Germany, joining centers in India, Spain and a fourth under construction in Florida.

“The partnership with Max Planck is a testament to the caliber of research conducted here, and our researchers enjoy reputations as some of the most internationally collaborative in the world,” said John Hepburn, UBC Vice President Research and International.

“Our interdisciplinary research strengths are further complemented by state-of-the-art facilities such as UBC’s Advanced Materials and Process Engineering Laboratory, our vicinity to TRIUMF, Canada’s National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics, and priority access to the Canadian Light Source Synchrotron.”