Organized by CSIC and Menéndez-Pelayo International University
6th – 10th September 2021


  • Mari Carmen Bañuls (Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics)
  • Jacob Biamonte (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology)
  • Alba Cervera Lierta (University of Toronto)
  • Jens Eisert (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Samuel Fernández Lorenzo (Q-Inspired)
  • Juan José García Ripoll (IFF-CSIC)
  • Alejandro Perdomo Ortiz(Zapata Computing)
  • Diego Porras (IFF-CSIC)
  • Juan Luis Sánchez Toural
  • Germán Sierra (IFT-CSIC)
  • Roberta Zambrini (IFISC-CSIC)


  • Diego Porras (IFF-CSIC)
  • Juan José García Ripoll (IFF-CSIC)

This online summer school is a five-day practical introduction to quantum computing. Online lectures will cover topics such as quantum programming (QISKIT), variational quantum computing and machine learning, and applications in optimization and finance. We will also have introductory lectures on quantum-inspired computing, which relies on classical algorithms that emulate some of the working principles of quantum computers, but can be executed in ordinary devices.

Students will be offered a selection of practical problems that can be addressed with quantum computers. They will work in teams to develop a piece of quantum software to solve the proposed tasks. The summer school has two practical 2-hour sessions, during which the school organizers will supervise the work by the students. Finally, each student team will present their work at the end of the school. Even though this is a short course, it will provide students with the necessary resources to start working and getting prepared for quantum computing.

For additional questions on the summer school, please, contact us at:

Registration is now open (until 31st August 2021)

Warning for international students: Some parts of the application process are not translated into English. If you are having problems, please, just send and email to the students support address, stating your interest in the course and you will be assisted and guided for registration by email.

  • Go to:
  • Click on “Solictud On Line” (link on the right, above the program)
  • Follow instructions to create an account in the registration system
  • You will receive and email with a link to keep on with the registration process:
    • Firstly, fill up a form with your information and click on “Save data” and then on “Keep on enrolling”                     .
    • In the next screen, please, click on “PULSA AQUI PARA COMENZAR LA AUTOMATRICULA”                     
    • Please follow instructions (they are in Spanish, but it’s not hard to follow).
    • If you find any problem with the online registration system, please contact the university administration at <> or the organizers (
  • Fee: 135 Euros = 115 Euros (school fees) + 20 Euros (administration fees), which can be paid by debit card. If you are thinking of applying to an exemption (see below) you can leave the application without paying the fees until you are notified about whether the exemption is granted.
  • There is a limited number of grants, based on academic performance, to cover the school fees (92 Euros). Deadline for applying is 31st May 2021. Go to: (contact for questions on grants)
  • There is no limitation in student numbers. The deadline for applying is 31st August 2020.

Required background

This online summer school is ideally suited for final year students, PhD students in this or related research fields, or professionals interested in learning quantum computing.

The summer school requires to have attended at least an elementary course in quantum mechanics, as well as basic knowledge of python. Interested students with a different scientific degree than Physics, e.g. in Chemistry, Mathematics or Engineering, are also encouraged to apply, however they are recommended to review or self-study basic principles and ideas in quantum mechanics, if this was not part of their degree.

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