University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Kavli Institute for Theoretical Sciences


Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics ChinaThe Kavli Institute for Theoretical Sciences (KITS) at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) in Beijing aims to become an international center of excellence in theoretical physics and related fields. It is jointly supported by The Kavli Foundation, UCAS and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

KITS was established in October 2016 and builds on the legacy of the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics, China (KITPC), which was endowed by The Kavli Foundation in 2006. KITS organizes and sponsors scientific workshops and conferences on frontier topics in theoretical physics, and hosts visiting scholars. The goal of these activities is two-fold: to promote the exchange of scientific ideas within China and with the rest of the world; and to push forward knowledge in theoretical physics and related disciplines. KITS also strives to integrate research and education by supporting post-doctoral fellows, teaching and mentorship of UCAS students, and conducting outreach activities aimed at high-school science teachers and the general public. 

The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Sciences promotes the exchange of scientific ideas within China and with the rest of the world, and pushes forward knowledge in theoretical physics and related disciplines.

KITS is led by Director Fu-Chun Zhang; Associate Directors Gang Su, Professor and Vice-President of UCAS, and Xiao-Song Chen, Deputy Director of the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); and Assistant Director Jiang-Ping Hu, Professor at the Institute of Physics, CAS. A scientific advisory committee of senior researchers from North America, Europe and China also oversees the Institute’s activities.

KITS is rapidly expanding. In addition to theoretical physics, its faculty specialize in: ​

  • Condensed matter physics - the physics of matter in a condensed state, from magnets to semiconductors to quantum materials.
  • Biophysics - the physics of biological systems, from proteins to populations of microorganisms.
  • Field theory and elementary particle physics - describing the properties of and interactions between the elementary constituents of matter.
  • Quantum information - understanding and using the properties of the quantum world.

In its first year, KITS will hold two public lectures on quantum computing and artificial intelligence featuring senior scientists from Microsoft and Google. It will also host a kick-off conference on condensed matter physics and additional events focused on quantum computing, machine learning, and topological states of matter that will attract researchers from China and abroad.  

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