In celebration of the International Day of Light on May 16th, Dr. Katanya Kuntz from the IQC will be joining Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants to talk about what light is really made of, how to catch a photon in the sky, and how this technology can be used to keep our communication safe and secure. Katanya coordinates the Science Team for the Quantum Encryption and Science Satellite (QEYSSat) mission, which is building a satellite that can detect individual particles of light called photons sent from the ground to outer space.

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Dr. Raymond Laflamme, founding director of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo, has been named Chair of the National Quantum Strategy’s (NQS) Quantum Advisory Council. The announcement was made today by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. Laflamme will work in close collaboration with fellow Chair Dr. Stephanie Simmons, Chief Quantum Officer of Photonic and IQC affiliate. 


Meet graduate student researchers from science, engineering, and mathematics and hear how they discovered quantum information science, found their way into research, and how the skills they gained in their undergraduate studies are helping them develop the next generation of quantum technology.


There's growing awareness of the lack of diversity in science and the presence of barriers to inclusion. What factors lead to disparities in representation? Why should we be motivated to effect change? What can we do to change things? Will our actions really make a difference? 

This presentation will focus on ideas to challenge the status quo – actions to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). We will discuss recent research to illustrate and raise awareness of the many EDI challenges in science, then explore various practical ways to take action to advance EDI. These practical actions stem from our recently released "Science is For Everyone" Teaching toolkit, which provides an abundance of ideas to diversify science education and further support recruitment, retention, and advancement of all students. We will touch on the importance of diversifying content and talk about how Indigenous content is being brought into post-secondary science courses. Finally, we will give an overview of other exciting science EDI initiatives across research and academic life.


Quantum computing promises to dramatically alter how we solve many computational problems by controlling information encoded in quantum bits. With potential applications in optimization, materials science, chemistry, and more, building functional quantum computers is one of the most exciting challenges in research today. To build and use these devices, we need to precisely control quantum bits in the lab, understand the ability and limitations of quantum algorithms, and find new methods to correct for decoherence and other quantum errors.

Research in quantum computing is highly multidisciplinary, with important contributions being made from computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists, chemists, engineers, and more. In this panel, we’ll learn from three researchers at the forefront of the field studying experimental quantum devices, quantum algorithms, and quantum error correction:

  • Crystal Senko, Assistant Professor, Institute for Quantum Computing and the Department of Physics
  • Shalev Ben-David, Assistant Professor, Institute for Quantum Computing and Cheriton School of Computer Science
  • Michael Vasmer, Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Quantum Computing and Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Quantum Perspectives: A Panel Series celebrates 20 years of quantum at IQC. Over the past two decades, IQC’s leading quantum research has powered the development of transformative technologies, from ideas to commercialization, through research in theory, experiment and quantum applications. This year, we’re celebrating IQC’s 20th anniversary with a panel series exploring all perspectives of quantum, including sensing, materials, communication, simulation and computing.



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