QCALL Early-Stage Researcher Conference

2019-09-16 - 2019-09-19
Registration deadline: 
2019-07-31 (All day)
Mondello, Italy

Dear All

The QCALL ESR Conference 2019 is now accepting submissions for talks and posters at http://www.qcall-itn.eu/esrc-2019/esrc-applications/

Quantum Communications for ALL (QCALL) is a European Innovative Training Network that endeavours to take the next necessary steps to bring the developing quantum technologies closer to the doorsteps of end users. QCALL is empowering a nucleus of 15 doctoral researchers in this area to provide secure communications in the European continent and, in the long run, to its connections worldwide.

The QCALL Early-Stage Researchers Conference (ESRC) is a four-day conference on quantum communications, aimed at Master and PhD students as well as early post-doctoral researchers.
The conference will feature five well-known invited speakers, introducing each of the main topics of the conference. There will also be time for around 30 talks by other participants as well as a poster session. The topics covered by the conference will be:

  • Entanglement-based Quantum Communications, Quantum Memories and Repeaters
  • Security of QKD
  • Satellite QKD
  • MDI-QKD and TF-QKD
  • Component technology (e.g., Chip-based QKD, detectors, QRNG)

The conference will be held in Mondello, Sicily, close to Palermo and only a 20-minute drive from the Punta Raisi International Airport.

The town offers lots of beautiful sceneries and a nice seaside, which in September is still warm enough to enjoy. The venue will be the renowned Addaura Hotel.


  • Talk and poster submission deadline: 16th June 2019
  • Talk and poster acceptance notification: 17th July 2019
  • Registration deadline: 31st July 2019
  • ESR Conference: 16th-19th September 2019

All deadlines are at 23:59 UTC.


The submitted abstracts will be evaluated by our technical committee, which will select the most interesting and relevant works for contributed talks and poster session.
The members of the technical committee are:

    Zhiliang Yuan, Toshiba Research Europe Ltd. (Chair)
    Eleni Diamanti, Sorbonne University
    Mikael Afzelius, University of Geneva
    Yumang Jing, University of Leeds
    Margarida Pereira, University of Vigo
    Davide Rusca, University of Geneva


The conference, alongside with invited talks, contributed talks and posters, will feature a social dinner, an excursion in the surrounding area and a film festival.
Once available the program can be found at http://www.qcall-itn.eu/esrc-2019/program/


To apply to the conference fill in the following Form. Applicants should specify whether they want to apply for a presentation (talk or poster) or they just want to attend the conference.
If you wish to submit an abstract for presentation, please stick to the following guidelines:

    File format: .pdf only
    File title: ‘ESRC2019_Abstract_Surname’
    File size: 20MB maximum
    Contents: 50 words maximum abstract followed by a short summary of the work. Two pages maximum (A4 paper, 10pt font), including title, figures and bibliography.
                    Please follow the template provided here.

Alternatively, if you don’t want to sign in to Google to upload the file, please fill in the form anyway and email your abstract at esr [dot] conf [at] qcall-itn [dot] eu

Your email should include:
    Your name and institution
    Your submission preference (talk or poster)
    Your abstract, following the same guidelines as above, attached

All the information regarding the submission of talks and posters, and application for participation only to the ESR Conference can be found at http://www.qcall-itn.eu/esrc-2019/esrc-applications/


The registration fee is 300 GBP. This includes attendance to the conference, lunch and coffee breaks, as well as participation to the social dinner and the planned excursion.
The payment is to be made upon acceptance, which will be notified on or before the 17th of July. Payment information will be emailed to all accepted applicants.

Once the payment is complete, please email us your receipt at esr [dot] conf [at] qcall-itn [dot] eu.
Please feel free to circulate this email to all the people you think might be interested in this event.


Addaura Village Hotel
Lungomare Cristoforo Colombo, 4452
Mondello 90149