XXV International Summer School ‘Nicolás Cabrera’

Manipulating Light and Matter at the Nanoscale

Miraflores de la Sierra, Madrid, Sept. 10-14, 2018


Thank You!

A big thanks to all the attendants and speakers who made the school a success! The recorded talks are now available on YouTube.
Here are the group photos (courtesy of the BBVA Foundation):

The school has also generated a considerable amount of media attention in Spain, with several large newspapers performing interviews with John Pendry (El PaísABCEl ConfidencialEl Español) and Ursula Keller (El País, ABCEl ConfidencialEl Español). In addition, our main sponsor, the BBVA Foundation, has produced a report about the school, as well as video interviews with John Pendry (also available in the original English version) and Ursula Keller (English version).

Scope and goals

Light is an ideal probe of nature due to the ease of controlling and measuring its properties, which allows reaching extremely high temporal and energy resolution. However, the spatial resolution of photons is limited to the wavelength for most traditional approaches. Over the last few decades, the drive to surpass this constraint and advances in fabrication and characterization techniques have led to the development of the field of nanophotonics, focused on beating the diffraction limit of classical optics. Nowadays, an unprecedented control over light at sub-wavelength scales is possible, which in addition to improved resolution leads to an exceptional enhancement of light-matter interactions. This provides novel mechanisms for the manipulation of the quantum states of light through matter and the quantum states of matter through light, which opens new avenues for the development of materials science and photonic technologies operating at the nanoscale.

The objective of this Nicolás Cabrera Summer School is to provide a general and comprehensive view of the field of quantum nanophotonics, with special emphasis on the physical phenomena which emerge from microscopic strong light-matter coupling. With this purpose, the School will gather a group of leading scientists, both experimentalists and theoreticians, working within this extremely active research area and related topics.


  • Near-field photonics
  • Plasmonics
  • Metamaterials
  • Quantum Optics
  • Quantum Optomechanics
  • Bio-photonics
  • Ultrafast Lasers

Confirmed Keynote speakers

  • Jeremy Baumberg, Cambridge University
  • Shanhui Fan, Stanford University
  • Ursula Keller, ETH Zürich
  • Luis Martín Moreno, Universidad de Zaragoza
  • John Pendry, Imperial College London
  • Niek Van Hulst, ICFO
  • Martin Wegener, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Confirmed Invited speakers

  • Pablo Alonso, Universidad de Oviedo
  • Hatice Altug, EPFL Lausanne
  • Juan Carlos Cuevas, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Simone De Liberato, University of Southampton
  • Rubén Esteban, Donostia International Physics Center
  • Juanjo García Ripoll, IFF-CSIC
  • Ulrich Hohenester, University of Graz
  • Jonathan Keeling, University of St. Andrews
  • Laura Na Liu, University of Heidelberg
  • Ferry Prins, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Said R.-K. Rodriguez, AMOLF
  • Michael Ruggenthaler, Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter
  • Himadri Shekhar Dhar, Vienna University of Technology
  • Roy Shiloh, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Mário Silveirinha, University of Lisbon
  • Päivi Törmä, Aalto University
  • Jana Zaumseil, University of Heidelberg

History and venue

The International Summer School “Nicolás Cabrera”, funded by the BBVA Foundation, deals with current topics in materials science, condensed matter physics, nanophysics and biophysics since 1994. The School is a meeting point for numerous scientists all over the world, who share a few days in Madrid in a particularly pleasant and interacting environment.

The School is organized in the residence “La Cristalera” in Miraflores de la Sierra, a small village in the mountains near Madrid. There will be a welcome reception on Sunday, Sep 9, with lectures taking place from the morning of Monday, Sep 10, until lunch on Friday, Sep 14. Bus transport from Madrid airport and back will be provided on Sunday, Sep 9, and Friday, Sep 14, respectively.


September 10th-14th, 2018

Schedule and Abstracts


The schedule and abstracts can be viewed online. You can also download the book of abstracts as a pdf. The conference excursion will take us to the beautiful town of Segovia and include a traditional dinner there.


* Registration closed on June 15th

School Buses connecting La Cristalera and Madrid Airport:

9th of September: Madrid Airport–> Miraflores de la Sierra
Bus #1 leaving at 15:30h and Bus #2 leaving at 19:30h.

14th of September: Miraflores de la Sierra –> Madrid Airport
Bus leaving at 14:00h.


Johannes Feist, IFIMAC-UAM
Antonio I. Fernández-Domínguez, IFIMAC-UAM
Francisco J. García-Vidal, IFIMAC-UAM


e-mail: school@nicolascabrera.es