BARCELONA, 31 Mar - 4 Apr


The Young Atom Opticians conference is a yearly meeting of international repute, organized by and for postgraduate research students since 1995. Its main goal is to encourage and create an international community of young scientists in the field of atom physics, quantum optics, quantum computation and quantum cold gases.

This year is YAO will be held at the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona from 31st March to 4th of April. As PhD students of the organizing commitee we welcome you to this page and we look forward to see you here!


During 5 days students will present their research on cutting edge issues related to quantum and atomic optics and learn from the lectures given by the world – leading researchers in the field.

Moreover, there will be many opportunities for networking and socializing, the influence of which should not be overlooked in boosting creativity and motivation.

Detailed program

Book of Abstracts





Currently, we will have to ask for a fee of 180 € which covers the hotel and breakfast from Sunday through Friday, all lunches, coffee breaks and the conference dinner.

For those who prefer to provide their own accomodation, we may ask for a payment of 80 €

We are looking into ways to reduce this, and hopefully we will succeed.
Details about payment will be sent if you are accepted.

Scholarships are available.

Submission for talks

Submission to YAO should consist  of a short abstract, a paper and an optional attachment. They should be typeset as follows:

An abstract of plain text of aproximately 35 words  containing a non-technical and clear description of the work.

A paper of at most 1 page, in PDF format and typeset with THIS template, containing an insightful description of the results and main ideas, their potential impact, and their importance.

An attachment (optional)  for students who want to apply for a scholarship. The attachment should be a single PDF file that contains a motivation letter, short CV and the effective amount of money that they need that cannot be covered by their own institutions.  Limited resources are available so we  recommend to apply for a scholarship only if absolutely necessary.

Submission for posters

Poster submissions should consist of an abstract following the same guidelines as for  talk submissions, except that we ask you to indicate in the “keywords” you wish to present a poster.

Completed submission deadline


Payment details

Please confirm your attendance by paying the conference fees before Friday the 21st of February and sending us a copy of the transfer receipt by email. Please note that, as the conference is fully subscribed, if we receive your confirmation payment after the 21th of February, we can no longer guarantee to hold your place at the meeting.

There are two payment options:

1) Conference attendance without accommodation (80 Euros).

2) Complete Conference attendance (180 Euros).

We offer you triple or double rooms to share with one or two other participants in Hotel Flora Parc or Hotel Canal Olimpic, both in Castelldefels close to ICFO. The reservation includes 5 nights from Sunday 30th March to Friday 4th of April (breakfasts included).

Rooms in the hotels will be assigned by the conference organisers. If you have specific requests regarding accommodation (e.g. you wish to share a room with a colleague) please email us and we will do our best to arrange this.

The payment should be made into the following bank account:

Subject: YAO2014 – Name of first author
Address: c/ Jordi Girona 1-3, Barcelona (08034)
Account Nº: 2100 0655 79 0200362635
IBAN: ES39 2100 0655 7902 0036 2635


What the VAT number is?

The VAT number is the fiscal number of the Institute that will pay your conference. We ask for the VAT number because many institutes need an official invoice to make the payment, for which the VAT is needed.

I don’t have a VAT number. What do I have to do?

You can write your ID number or your passport number.

What do I do if I cannot pay by 21st of February?

No problem, send to the registration and once you have made the payment please send to her the receipt.

Is Barcelona well connected with Castelldefels?

Yes, there are bus for the city each 20 minutes that they take 40 minutes and trains that take 20-30 min. The last train from barcelona to castelldefels leaves at midnight. during the night there are nightbus.

I applied for a talk but I was asked to present a poster. Why?

We received more than 100 applications, mostly for talks.  Unfortunately we have less than 50 spots for talks. It was very difficult to evaluate all the abstracts: all of them were excellent, for this reason we decided to give priority to phds that could present results that were referencing to published material.

I applied for a poster but I was asked to present a talk. Why?
There should be a mistake in our database or in your application. Please contact the organization.


The event is a great opportunity for enterprises not only to advertise their business, but also to support the mission of facilitating the exchange of knowledge, ideas and experience between young scientists.

Companies and foundations support the conference are: