Fraunhofer IPM, Freiburg  /  December 12, 2023  -  December 13, 2023

OPM-MEG Workshop

In collaboration with the research center BrainLinks-BrainTools (BrainLinks-BrainTools) in Freiburg, Fraunhofer IPM organizes a workshop on the use of optically pumped magnetometers (OPM) for magnetoencephalography (MEG). Register now.

Carl-Zeiss-Humboldt Lecture

presented by Svenja Knappe

Monday, Dec 11, 2023, 6 p.m.

(The lecture will be held in German)


5:30 p.m. Welcome
6:00 p.m. Lecture with open question session
7:30 p.m. Reception and get-together

Venue: University of Freiburg, Department of Microsystems Engineering  IMTEK, building 101, in close vicinity of Fraunhofer IPM (getting there)

Svenja Knappe has been awarded the 2023 Carl-Zeiss-Humboldt research award for her significant contributions in the fields of magnetometry and quantum sensing (Press release). She was nominated for the award by Karsten Buse from the University of Freiburg and from the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM in Freiburg.

The lecture will provide an accessible overview of her contributions and will be followed by a reception.

Workshop participants are warmly invited to attend the event (Please, select the corresponding checkbox when registering).

The lecture is funded by the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung.


Tuesday, Dec 12, 2023

Venue: Fraunhofer IPM


10:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee
10:30 a.m. Welcome
Karsten Buse, Fraunhofer IPM / Ilka Diester, University of Freiburg
10:50 a.m. Opening
Peter Koss, Fraunhofer IPM
11:00 a.m. Tutorial introduction to optically pumped magnetometers (OPM)
Georg Bison, Paul Scherrer Institute 



11:30 a.m. Commercializing OPM
Svenja Knappe, University of Colorado at Boulder
12:00 a.m. Lunch break  
1:30 p.m. Precise magnetic measurements on background fields and magnetic imaging on the micro- and nanoscale - opportunities and systems based on the nitrogen-vacancy centre in diamond
Jan Jeske, Fraunhofer IAF



2:00 p.m. Measuring the beginnings of human brain function in the womb with OPM
Sarang Dalal, Aarhus University
2:30 p.M. Coffee Break  
3:15 p.m.
Adopting OPM for cognitive neuroimaging
Robert Oostenveld, Radboud University


3:45 p.m. Flexibility is key: OPM application cases from neuroimaging and materials science
Tilmann Sander-Thömmes, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (National Metrology Institute of Germany)
4:45 p.m. Tour at Intelligent Machine-brain interface technology (imbit)  

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2023

Venue: Fraunhofer IPM


09:00 a.m. Surjo Soekadar, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin  



09:30 a.m. High-resolution magnetoencephalography with OPM
Lauri Parkkonen, Aalto University
10:00 a.m. Coffee break & Lab tour  
11:00 a.m.
Diamond-based quantum sensing for neurosurgery (clinical background)
Jürgen Beck, University of Freiburg 



11:30 a.m. Diamond-based quantum sensing for neurosurgery (technological background)
Arne Wickenbrock, Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz
12:00 a.m. Lunch Break  
1:30 p.m. The potential of OPM-MEG for the future of brain-computer interfacing
Tonio Ball, University of Freiburg


2:00 p.m. Panel discussion (moderated by Maryna Kapitonova)
2:30 p.m. Take home message  
2:45 p.m. End of workshop