The Padova Quantum Communication School (QCOMMS) 2023 is organized by the European Innovative Training Network AppQInfo, funded by the H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Programme (project 956071).

The school will provide attendees with an up-to-date overview of quantum communication technologies. The latest protocols, experimental implementations and active networks will be discussed. The lectures will be given by scientists from within the program and external experts, including experimentalists, theoreticians and industrial partners.

Who can apply

The school is oriented to students at the Master's and PhD levels who are working or are interested in the field of quantum information theory, photonics and optical communication.

How to apply

If you are interested in attending the school, please fill out the registration form in the section below before the 30th of April 2023.
The number of spots are limited to 50.

Poster session:

A poster session will be organized for attendees to showcase their work. If you are interested in presenting a poster, please upload a short abstract after registration. The deadline for abstract submissions is May 10th.


Mirko Pittaluga
Eleni Diamanti
Daniele Dequal
Tobias Gehring
Stefano Pirandola
Johannes Borregaard
Marco Lucamarini
Paolo Villoresi
Ramona Wolf
Peter Brown
Marcus Huber
Giuseppe Vallone
Thomas Van Himbeeck



Time Title Speaker
08:15 - 09:00 Registration
08:30 - 09:00 Opening Session
09:00 - 10:30 Theoretical Discrete-Variable Quantum Key Distribution Marco Lucamarini
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:30 Experimental Discrete-Variable Quantum Key Distribution Giuseppe Vallone
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Theoretical Continuous-Variable Quantum Key Distribution Stefano Pirandola
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:30 Experimental Continuous-Variable Quantum Key Distribution Tobias Gehring


Time Title Speaker
09:00 - 10:30 Free-space Quantum Key Distribution Daniele Dequal
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:30 Device-Independent Quantum Key Distribution Peter Brown
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Finite-size effects in Quantum Key Distribution Thomas Van Himbeeck
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 18:30 Poster session


Time Title Speaker
09:00 - 10:30 Measurement-Device-Independent & Twin-field Quantum Key Distribution Mirko Pittaluga
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:30 Security of Quantum Key Distribution Ramona Wolf
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 17:30 Industry Session
17:30 - 20:30 Social Dinner


Time Title Speaker
09:00 - 10:30 Protocols Beyond Quantum Key Distribution Eleni Diamanti
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:30 Multipartite Quantum Communication Marcus Huber
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Quantum Repeaters & Memories Johannes Borregaard
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:30 Hackathon: Squeeze Your Quantum Mind Paolo Villoresi


Departimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione

Padova QCOMMS 2023 will be held at the Department of Information Engineering (DEI) of the University of Padova. The full address is:

Via Gradenigo 6/B
35131 Padova, Italy
+39 049 827 7600

Palazzo Bo

The first day of the school (May 23) will take place in the Ancient archive (Archivio antico) room in Palazzo Bo, the historical building of the University of Padova. The address is:

Palazzo Bo
Via VIII Febbraio, 2
35122 Padova, Italy


Practical Information

- 20/03/2023 -
The first version of the QCOMMS 2023 information booklet is now available!
Here you can find useful information on travel, accommodation, moving around town and the organization of the school in general.
The booklet will be updated periodically with new information so stay tuned for the latest updates.

Information Booklet


The registration fee for the summer school is 350 EUR. This covers the lectures, the social dinner, all the lunches and coffee breaks.
Please note that participants are expected to make their own arrangements for accommodation.

Registrations will remain open until the 16th of April, or until all the available spots are filled.
AppQInfo students do not need to register in this form.

The school will be in presence only; no remote lectures are planned.

- 17/04/2023 -
The application deadline has been extended to 30th of April. There are only a few spots left, so register as soon as possible!

Once you've completed registration, click the button below to sign up for the poster session if you're interested in presenting a poster.
The form will remain open until May 10th.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 956071

We thank Officina Stellare for hospitality and ThinkQuantum and Pulse for organizational support.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us:

Ilektra Kannan