The Schrödinger Lecture Series

(supported by the Austrian Embassy and the National Bank of Austria) This annual event, inaugurated in 1995, commemorates the famous lecture series entitled "What is Life?" given by Erwin Schrödinger in Trinity College Dublin in 1943. Titles and, where possible, the text of past lectures are published here.

Thursday, 25 November 2021
25th Annual Schrödinger Lecture
Schrödinger’s Mirror: “This fundamental question torments me more and more…”
Professor Markus Aspelmeyer
University of Vienna and IQOQI, Austrian Academy of Sciences
LINK To Lecture 

No lecture due to global COVID-19 pandemic

Thursday, 7 November 2019
24th Annual Schrödinger Lecture
Matters of the Mind
Professor Gero Miesenböck FRS
Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour,
University of Oxford

Wednesday/Thursday, 5/6 September 2018
‘Schrödinger @ 75’ The Future of Biology Conference  


Friday, 30 November 2017
23rd Annual Schrödinger Lecture
Quantum photonics: Schrödinger’s cat applied to causal structures
Professor Philip Walther
Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna


Friday, 9th December 2016

  • 22nd Annual Schrödinger Lecture
  • Prof. Nick Barton
  • Institute of Science & Technology Austria, Klosterneuburg
  • ‘Reflections on Schrödinger’s ‘What is Life?’ Link

Tuesday, 24th November 2015

  • 21st Annual Schrödinger Lecture
  • Prof. Ulrike Diebold
  • Professor of Surface Physics, Technical University of Vienna
  • ‘An Atomic-Scale View at Oxide Surfaces’

Thursday, 27th November 2014

  • 20th Annual Schrödinger Lecture
  • Prof. Niyazi Serdar Sarıçiftçi
  • Director of the Institute for Physical Chemistry and Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells, Johannes Kepler University of Linz
  • ‘Bio-mimicking Energy Conversion: From Organic Solar Cells to CO2 Recycling’

Monday, 14th October 2013

  • 19th Annual Schrödinger Lecture
  • Prof. Thomas A. Henzinger
  • President, Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Klosterneuburg
  • 'Computer Science versus Computational Science'

Tuesday, 2nd October 2012

  • 18th Annual Schrödinger Lecture
  • Prof. Dr. Siegmar Roth
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • 'Carbon Nano-Materials for Energy Harvesting'

Monday, 28th November 2011

  • 17th Annual Schrödinger Lecture
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kautek
  • Department of Physical Chemistry
  • University of Vienna
  • 'The Move into the Nano World by Femtosecond Pulse Lasers'

Thursday, 4th November 2010

  • 16th Annual Schrödinger Lecture
  • Prof. Renee Schroeder
  • Max F. Perutz Laboratories
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • University of Vienna
  • 'The Origin of Life and the RNA World'

Thursday, 19th November 2009

  • 15th Annual Schrödinger Lecture
  • Dr. Markus Arnd
  • Department of Physics
  • University of Vienna
  • 'What is Intriguing in Quantum Physics?'

Wednesday, 15th October 2008

  • 14th Annual Schrödinger Lecture
  • Prof. Markus Hengstschlager
  • Department of Medical Genetics
  • Medical University of Vienna
  • 'Human amniotic fluid as a new source for stem cell research'

Wednesday, 5th December 2007

  • 13th Annual Schrödinger Lecture
  • Prof. Jörg Schmiedmayer
  • Vienna Institute of Technology
  • Atomic Institute of the Austrian Universities
  • 'Atom Chips: Integrated Circuits for Matter Waves'

Thursday, 7th December 2006

  • 12th Annual Schrödinger Lecture
  • Prof. Jakob Yngvason,
  • Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Vienna
  • 'On the Second Law of Classical Thermodynamics'

Thursday, 19th May 2005

  • 11th Annual Schrödinger Lecture
  • Prof. Carl Djerassi, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
  • Stanford University, California
  • 'Sex and Reproduction: Ready for Divorce?'

Thursday, 28th October 2004

  • 10th Annual Schrödinger Lecture
  • Professor Peter Oefner, Stanford Genome Technology Center,
  • Stanford University, California
  • 'Deciphering the history and function of genes: insights in human evolution and disease'

Thursday, 6th November 2003

  • 9th Annual Schrödinger Lecture
  • Prof. Johann Mulzer, Institute for Organic Chemistry,
  • University of Vienna
  • 'How organic chemistry plays a key role in drug discovery and development'

Thursday, 7th November 2002

  • 8th Annual Schrödinger Lecture
  • Prof. Peter Zoller, Institute of Theoretical Physics,
  • Leopold-Franzens Universität, Innsbruck
  • `Quantum Computing and Quantum Communication'

Thursday, 25th October 2001

  • 7th Annual Schrödinger Lecture
  • Prof. Bernhard Kräutler, Institute für Organische Chemie,
  • Leopold-Franzens Universität, Innsbruck
  • `The Pigments of Life'

Friday, 27th October 2000

  • 6th Annual Schrödinger Lecture
  • Prof. Helmut Rauch,
  • Atomic Institute, Vienna
  • 'Neutrons, Schrödinger Waves and Cats'
  • The lecture was followed by 'Recollections on Erwin Schrödinger', given by his daughter, Mrs. Ruth Braunizer.

Thursday, 21st October 1999

  • 5th Annual Schrödinger Lecture
  • Prof. Anton Zeilinger
  • University of Vienna
  • 'Schrödinger's Entanglement in Experiment: Quantum Teleportation and Non locality.'

24th November 1998

  • 4th Annual Schrödinger Lecture
  • Prof. Peter Schuster
  • Theoretical Biochemistry Department, Vienna University
  • 'Molecular Insights into Life and Evolution'

9th September 1997

  • 3rd Annual Schrödinger Lecture
  • Prof. Fritjof Capra, California
  • 'The Web of Life'

18th December 1996

  • 2nd Annual Schrödinger Lecture
  • Prof. Godfrey Schatz, University of Basel,
  • 'Life - What DNA does not tell us'

6th December 1995

  • 1st Annual Schrödinger Lecture
  • Prof. Hans Kirchmayer, Technische Universität Vienna,
  • 'From Magnetism to Eigenvalues - Scientific Links Dublin-Vienna'