Young ERCOFTAC Montestigliano Spring School for Graduate Students 2024


The topic this year is:

Quantum Computing
and its Application to Fluid Mechanics

Guest speaker is:

Prof. Jörg Schumacher
Technical University Ilmenau, Germany

Date and Location:

14th - 20th April 2024
Montestigliano, Italy


Deadline for applications: 1st March 2024

As previous years, the workshop is meant to be a learning opportunity for doctoral and postdoctoral students, where they get to work interactively in groups on open research problems and in close contact with the organizers and the invited speaker.

How to apply:

Applications of prospective participants should contain:

  1. A Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume of the applicant (max one page)
  2. A short letter of purpose from the student (max one page), highlighting in particular the relevance of the workshop to his/her research topic.
  3. A short letter of recommendation from the supervisor of the applicant (max one page).

The applications can be submitted to any of the organizers. Selected candidates will subsequently be notified and will receive a fellowship that covers accommodation. Travel costs to and from the workshop venue have to be carried by the home institute. Registration fee is 175€

We would be grateful if you could disseminate this information to colleagues that could be interested in this event.




Quantum computing has the potential to open new ways to classify, generate, and process data thus changing paradigms in several application fields, such as in material science. The reason for the expected advantage over classical algorithms is the physical foundation of quantum computing. Quantum algorithms are capable of encoding information in superposition states and of combining several such quantum states into tensorial product states which span high-dimensional spaces.

They can perform unitary transformations on these product states in parallel rather than on individual bits, as done in classical computers. This parallelism is tightly connected to the possibility of entangling qubits, representing inseparable correlations between qubits, which is absent for classical bits. In this workshop, we will give a compact introduction into quantum computing and review a few directions of application to fluid mechanical problems. We will also briefly discuss the present limitations of quantum computing. The lectures will include the quantum mechanical foundations, some elementary quantum gate operations, the input and output of classical data, and fundamental algorithms. We will then use this knowledge to set up quantum algorithms for simple one-dimensional fluid flow problems which will be studied in the projects. The hands-on projects are based on the quantum simulation software Qiskit which can be installed as an additional software package in the Python programming environment on a standard laptop.



ERCOFTAC Montestigliano Spring School is an event for young scientists covering a specific multi-disciplinary and modern topic in fluid mechanics. Its format is based on an interactive teaching concept. Besides the traditional supervision by the student's advisor, the typical education of a PhD student seldom involves hands-on training under the guidance of a true expert in a particular and complementary field. University courses succeed in laying a foundation in rudimentary (and even a few specialized) concepts. Conferences, minisymposia and standard workshops expose young scientists to recent advances. In Montestigliano, students collaborate intensively during a full week in small groups under the guidance of a world-leading expert in a specialized topic.



The workshop will take place at the picturesque estate of Montestigliano in the heart of Tuscany. The village of Montestigliano is composed of 18th century buildings, typically of Tuscan architecture. Located 15 km south-west of Siena, it provides a stunning landscape and a stimulating environment for both intensive work and relaxation. The 18th century houses and farm buildings have been carefully restored to retain their original features common to Tuscan architecture. For further information visit: