Quantum mechanics is the most successful theory of physics, giving us the rule book to model phenomenon at the sub-microscopic scale. Knowing the rule book doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easy to follow though. Calculating and modelling quantum systems like complex molecules or materials is computationally demanding for modern computers. However, by mimicking the system of interest with another quantum system, we can explore their properties efficiently and learn a great deal about quantum mechanics itself.

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.


Chris Ferrie, University of Technology Sydney and the Centre for Quantum Software and Information

Although most of us don't actually understand quantum physics, we know that it's mystical and awesome, and if we understood it we'd probably be rich and beautiful and happy, right? After all, there are plenty of people out there trying to sell you quantum crystals to align your quantum energy with your quantum destiny. Can they all be wrong? Yes, yes they can. In this talk, we're going to sniff out the bullshit and break down why it stinks while dispelling the mystery of the quantum.

In Person & Virtual

In “Quantum Steampunk”, the exciting new book from Harvard physicist Dr. Nicole Yunger Halpern, the industrial revolution meets the quantum-technology revolution. While readers follow the adventures of a rag-tag steampunk crew on trains, dirigibles, and automobiles, they explore questions such as, “Can quantum physics revolutionize engines?” and “What deeper secrets can quantum information reveal about the trajectory of time?” Join Dr.