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Curriculum on Applied Superconductivity


The H2020 EASITrain project, EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) training network (ITN), offered a cross-sectoral training programme based on a fine blend of engineering, fundamental research and the development of real-scale applications in close collaboration with industry. Based on the knowhow gained and on the network established as part of the project, a curriculum has been developed as one of the project deliverables. Catalysts for curriculum development are the new technologies and knowledge generated during the project along with the new economic and social qualification requirements taking into account feedback from ESRs, lecturers and industrial partners.

Knowledge is most valuable when being transferred across generations. Nobel laureate in high-temperature superconductivity Dr. Bednorz "see[s] an urgent need in education. Over the past years, the number of places that still run a curriculum on superconductivity and its application has been shrinking continuously. The field needs more young scientists and engineers again who think 'applied' and, through creative ideas, contribute to new applications".

Developing a joint curriculum sets an unprecedented challenge as there are different rules acrosss European universities regarding the duration and number of assigned ECTS points in each course. The common interest in maintaining a link between the EASITrain partners and the desire to provide young researchers with an academic training that goes beyond the skills of the individual research group has prompted the search for a viable strategy. This is particularly relevant for current efforts to develop the next generation of circular colliders boosting the energy and intenstity frontiers which could have a tremendous impact in numerous applications beyond particle physics. 

The proposed curriculum for applied superconductivity targets early-stage researchers who are in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their careers holding a Master degree or equivalent academic title.  



The following organizations participated in the first stage of the programme:

Organization Country Type of organization Type of participation
CERN Int. org. Research Project
TUWIEN Austria University Degree, course, project
UNIGE Switzerland University Degree, course, project
PSI Switzerland Research Project
INFN LNL Italy Research Project
U. Genoa Italy University Degree, course, project
CNR SPIN Italy Research Project
KIT Germany Research Project
ASG Italy Company Project
RI Germany Company Project
DTI Denmark Company Project
WU Wien Austria University Project
University of Siegen (USIEGEN) Germany University Degree, course, project
U. Stuttgart Germany University Degree, course, project



The following sections outline the individual subject matters that could be included in this curriculum together with potential organizations, who can offer these courses in an inter-organizational, international environment:


Title University Synopsis Lecturers Course Type
New business development WU Wien This seminar builds on the courses “Innovation Management I – Technological Competence Leveraging” and “Innovation Management II – Business Modelling”. During the course, students will be asked to… Peter Keinz Seminars More
Superconductivity Seminar TUW Topics of current interest on fundamental and applied superconductivity are addressed by graduate students, staff members and guest scientists. Michael Eisterer Seminars More
Low Temperature Physics Seminar TUW Topics of current interest in low temperature physics and superconductivity are addressed by graduate students, staff members and guest scientists. Franz Sauerzopf Seminars More
Lab Course on Low Temperature Physics TUW Basic introduction for experimental work in low temperature physics and superconductivity. Handling of liquefied gases, measurement and controlling of low temperatures. Magnetic (SQUID, Scanning Hall… Franz Sauerzopf, Michael Eisterer Lab Courses More
Superconducting radiofrequency systems University of Siegen (USIEGEN) In the second (1 week) class we examine in detail one of the enabling technologies for modern next-generation accelerators: Superconducting Radio-Frequency (SRF) Systems. Many present-day… Jens Knobloch Combined Lectures And Excercises More
Introduction to Accelerator Physics University of Siegen (USIEGEN) This two-week course introduces students to the main concepts of accelerator physics. We will start from basic beam dynamics topics: how to accelerate beams and keep them focused in the accelerator… Jens Knobloch Combined Lectures And Excercises More
Superconductivity and its applications University of Geneva This course provides students with an approach to the fundamental understanding of the physical properties required for the practical implementation of superconducting materials. It includes (1) an… Carmine Senatore Combined Lectures And Excercises More
Innovation Management II – Business modelling WU Wien Building on the course “Innovation Management I – Technological Competence Leveraging”, this course deals with the question on how to plan and manage a technology transfer/commercialization project.… Peter Keinz Lectures More
Innovation Management I – Technological Competence Leveraging WU Wien This course deals with the fuzzy front-end of Innovation Management: Students are provided with a methodological framework to systematically identify and evaluate potential use cases and application… Peter Keinz Lectures More
Materials Science of Thin Films University of Siegen (USIEGEN) Thin film technology plays an important role in a wide area of industrial applications. With an upward trend! There are many thin film applications like information and communication technology,… Michael Vogel Lectures More
High Temperature Superconductors TUW Overview on the properties of high temperature superconductors: cuprates, iron-based superconductors, magnesium diboride. Discussion about current theoretical approaches. Michael Eisterer Lectures More
Superconductivity TUW Overview on the phenomenology and theory of superconductivity: type I and II superconductors, BCS theory, Ginzburg-Landau theory, critical currents, flux quantization, Josephson effect, SQUID,… Franz Sauerzopf, Michael Eisterer Lectures More
Superconducting Materials University of Padova The course is an introduction to superconductivity. The course addresses the phenomenology of superconducting materials in DC and RF and the main theories that govern it, the different fields of… Cristian Pira Lectures More
Superconducting materials Genoa The course provides an overview of the main superconducting materials, their properties and the mechanisms underlying superconducting coupling. The following materials will be described:… Marina Putti Lectures More
Technology of wires, tapes and superconducting cables Genoa Superconducting materials for applications. Wire and tape manufacturing techniques: Powder-In-Tube, Coated Conductor (IBAD, RABiTS). Technologies for cable manufacturing. Laboratory experiences.… Andrea Malagoli Lectures More
Superconducting magnet design Genoa Approach to electromagnetic and mechanical design, Examples and exercises of magnetic design with FEA open access software • Ac losses • Stability • Quench and protection Stefania Farinon Lectures More
Applied cryogenics Genoa The course provides skills in the properties of low temperature matter, Cryogenic fluids, Heat transmission mechanisms, Dewar, cryostats and transfer lines, and provides practical examples of helium… Riccardo Musenich Lectures More