Signing Ceremony, Columbia-Flatiron-Max Planck Center for Nonequilibrium Quantum Phenomena


Monday, November 18th, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Rotunda, 2nd Floor, Low Memorial Library
Columbia University, 535 West 116th Street

Columbia University in the City of New York, the Flatiron Institute, and the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science are pleased to host the Opening Event for the new Columbia-Flatiron-Max Planck Center for Nonequilibrium Quantum Phenomena.

Launching the Opening Event is a Signing Ceremony hosted by Columbia University. Leadership of Columbia University, the Flatiron Institute, and the Max Planck Society will formally sign the governing documents and discuss inter-institutional collaboration. Dr. Immanuel Bloch will deliver Columbia's 2019 Ernest Kempton Adams Lecture; the event will conclude with a reception. A two-day Symposium and Workshop, hosted by the Flatiron Institute, will follow the November 18th signing ceremony. 

All events are free and open to the public, though space is limited: Participants are required to register by Thursday, October 31st. For questions, please contact [email protected].

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Symposium & Workshop

November 19th & 20th, 2019
Flatiron Institute


Signing Ceremony Agenda



Dr. Immanuel Bloch is world-renowned for his investigations of quantum many-body systems using ultracold atomic and molecular quantum gases. Dr. Bloch is currently the Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, and Professor and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Physics at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Germany. He received his PhD in Physics from Ludwig Maximilians University, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Bonn. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and an Elected Member of the German National Academy of Sciences, and has received numerous honors and awards for his work including the Harvey, Korber European Science, and European Physical Society prizes.

The Ernest Kempton Adams (EKA) Fund for Physical Research was established in 1904 in memory of Ernest Kempton Adams, an 1898 Columbia graduate, following his untimely death in 1904. The EKA lectureship supports the visits of distinguished scientists to Columbia to share their knowledge and insights on important topics in physics. Among the first EKA lecturers were Nobel laureates H. A. Lorentz (1905), Max Planck (1909), and Wilhelm Wien (1911). The EKA lectures of Max Planck marked the first presentation of quantum science in America, and helped to initiate a long and distinguished tradition of quantum research at Columbia. 

For Guests

Campus Map and Walking Directions

Low Memorial Library on Columbia University's Morningside campus is located at 535 West 116th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. The campus can be accessed via the following methods:

  • By Subway: 1 Train to the West 116th Street/Columbia University station.
  • By Car: Columbia owns multiple reservation-only parking garages, and is nearby non-affiliated garages.
  • By MetroNorth: Any line to the Harlem Station (East 125th Street and Park Avenue), an approximately 20-minute walk from campus.
  • By Bus: New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal is located nine subway stops from campus.
  • By Train: New York City's Penn Station connects Amtrak trains from across the nation, and is ten subway stops from campus.
  • By Air: New York City is home to three major airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport, and Newark International Airport. Each airport is approximately one hour by car from campus.


Yes, Columbia University will be taking photographs at all portions of this Signing Ceremony. Event attendance constitutes each guests' understanding of and agreement with having their photo taken. 

Columbia welcomes members of the scientific and general media at the Opening Event, and will try to accommodate journalists who would like to contact our speakers. Credentialed media can register by emailing [email protected]. Any press attending should display their credentials.

Audio, still photo, and video recording by any device (cameras, laptops, PDAs, cell phones) is strictly prohibited during the event, unless prior written permission is obtained. Photographs taken by Columbia and/or the Flatiron Institute may be available on request.

The event is designed for its audience, and press should refrain from asking questions during the talks and open Q & A sessions.

Columbia University is committed to providing an accessible and welcoming environment for faculty, staff, students, guests, visitors and members of the public, and it encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.

Opening Event guests who require disability access should contact [email protected] in advance to make arrangements. 

This map is intended to serve as a guide to the accessibility of the campus. The Columbia University Department of Public Safety is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist guests and visitors with outdoor access to the different levels of the campus. Notify the guard stationed 24 hours a day at both 116th Street and Broadway and 116th Street and Amsterdam Amsterdam if you need assistance.

Please direct all questions to [email protected]. Your correspondence will be returned within 24 hours. 

Signing Ceremony Location

Rotunda, 2nd Floor, Low Memorial Library
Columbia University, 535 West 116th Street