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Quantum Australia is a not-to-be-missed three-day event hosted in the heart of Sydney’s CBD at the prestigious Sheraton on the Park and livestreamed online.  It brings together world-leading quantum researchers, businesses, government decision-makers, startups, and big tech to share developments and ideas.

A Careers Fair will also showcase quantum careers and connect potential employers with Australia's in-demand emerging talent.

Speakers and panellists will be joining in-person and virtually (v). See below for an outline of the program.

21 February 2023

Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park and Online

Please note program may be subject to change

8.30 am

Registration and Arrival Tea & Coffee

9.00 am

Welcome to Country and Opening

9.30 am

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Cathy Foley, Australia's Chief Scientist

10.00 am

Panel: State of the Nation

Bronwyn Fox, Chief Scientist, CSIRO; 

Anthony Murfett, Head of Division for Technology and National Security, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources; 

Kate Pounder, CEO, Tech Council of Australia; 

Peter Turner, CEO, Sydney Quantum Academy; 

Judi Zielke PSM, CEO, Australian Research Council;

Emma Johnston, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Sydney (Panel Chair)

11.00 am

Morning Tea, Exhibitor Booths (online and in-person)

11.30 am

Panel: Industry-led quantum initiatives 

Celia Merzbacher, Executive Director, Quantum Economic Development Consortium (QED-C) SRI International (V); 

Araceli Venegas-Gomez, Founder & CEO, QURECA;

Vikram Sharma, Founder & CEO, QuintessenceLabs (Panel Chair)

12.00 pm


Joel Wallman, Scientific Planner and Software Architect, Keysight Technologies

12.30 pm


Warwick Bowen, Professor, School of Mathematics and Physics, the University of Queensland; and Director, ARC Centre of Excellence in Quantum Biotechnology

1.00 pm

Lunch, Exhibitor Booths (online and in-person)

1.45 pm

Panel: The role of government in quantum ecosystem development

Michael J. Biercuk, CEO, Q-CTRL;

Hugh Durrant-Whyte, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer; 

Duncan Tailby, Program Leader Quantum Information Sciences, Defence Science and Technology Group, Department of Defence 

Dana Anderson, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Infleqtion;

Camille DeBurgh, General Manager, Technology Policy and Engagement in the Technology and National Security Division within the Department of Industry, Science and Resources (Panel Chair)

2.45 pm


Barry C Sanders, Professor, University of Calgary

3.15 pm

Afternoon Tea, Networking (online and in-person), Poster Session (in-person only)


Ask me anything quantum Q&A (in-person only)

Zixin Huang, Sydney Quantum Academy and DECRA Fellow; 

Simon Devitt, Research Director, Centre for Quantum Software & Information, University of Technology Sydney; Cofounder and Managing Director, h-bar;

Andrew Doherty, Professor, School of Physics, University of Sydney;

4.30 pm

Panel: Quantum technologies and sustainability

Alexia Auffèves, Research Director, Head of the CNRS International Research Lab MajuLab, Singapore (V);  

Alex Hamilton, Deputy Director, Australian Research Council Centre for Future Low Energy Electronics (FLEET); 

Elanor Huntington, Executive Director-Digital, National Facilities and Collections, CSIRO; 

Christian Weedbrook, CEO & Founder, Xanadu Quantum Technologies;  

John Bartholomew, Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney (Panel Chair)

5.30 pm

Closing Remarks

5.45 pm

Welcome Cocktail Party (in person only)

Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park

22 February 2023

Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park and Online

8.30 am

Registration and Arrival Tea & Coffee

9.00 am

Day Two Opening

9.15 am

Panel: What will it take to build a fully functional quantum software stack?  

Andrew Doherty, Professor, School of Physics, University of Sydney;

Mark Hodson, Software Engineering Director, Rigetti Computing; 

Jingbo Wang, Professor and Head of Physics Department, The University of Western Australia;

Owen Arnold, Lead Software Engineer, Oxford Quantum Circuits (V);

Michael Bremner, Director of the Centre for Quantum Software and Information, University of Technology Sydney (Panel Chair)    

10.15 am


Yu Chen (replacing Kate Weber), Lead Scientist, Quantum Metrology, Google (V)

10.45 am

Morning Tea, Exhibitor Booths (online and in-person)

11.15 am

Panel: Cyber security in the quantum age

Alexey Bocharnikov, APAC Quantum Technology Leader, EY;

Lily Lidong Chen, Manager, Cryptographic Technology Group, Computer Security Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA (V);

Julian Fay, Chief Technology Officer, Senetas;

Peter Rohde, Senior Lecturer, UTS;

Gavin Brennen, Professor, Macquarie University (Panel Chair)    

12.15 pm


Michael Cuthbert, Director, National Quantum Computing Centre

12.45 pm

Lunch, Exhibitor Booths (online and in-person)

1.30 pm

Keynote Presentation

Jeremy O'Brien, Co-founder & CEO, PsiQuantum

2.15 pm

Ministerial Keynote 

The Hon Ed Husic MP -  Federal Minister for Industry and Science 

2.45 pm

Afternoon Tea, Networking, Poster Session, Quantum Q&A (in-person only)

4.00 pm

Panel: Will quantum chemistry be the first to achieve useful quantum computational advantage?

Jared Cole, Professor of Physics, RMIT University;

Pedro C.S. Costa, Research Fellow, Macquarie University;

Nicole Holzmann, Manager, Quantum Science, Riverlane;

Ivan Kassal, Associate Professor, University of Sydney (Panel Chair);

5.00 pm

Closing Remarks

6.30 pm

Gala Dinner (in person only)

Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park

23 February 2023

Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park and Online

8.30 am

Registration and Arrival Tea & Coffee

9.00 am

Day Three Opening

9.15 am

Panel: The race to fault tolerant quantum computing hardware

Arkady Fedorov, Assoc Prof, University of Queensland; Chief Scientific Officer, Analog Quantum Circuits;

Yasunobu Nakamura, Director, RIKEN Center for Quantum Computing and Professor, The University of Tokyo (V);

David Reilly, Partner Architect, Microsoft Quantum;

Hanhee Paik, Senior Research Scientist, IBM Quantum;

Michelle Simmons, Director, Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, Founder and Director, Silicon Quantum Computing;

Xanthe Croot, Lecturer, University of Sydney (Panel Chair)

10.15 am

Keynote Presentation

Andrew Dzurak, CEO & Founder, Diraq

11.00 am

Morning Tea, Exhibitor Booths (online and in-person)

11.30 am

Panel: Australia’s strengths in quantum sensing

Andre Luiten, Managing Director, QuantX Pty Ltd;

Silvana Palacios, Lead Quantum Physicist, Nomad Atomics;

Jim Rabeau, Director, Quantum Technologies, CSIRO (Panel Chair)

12.00 pm

Panel: Bridging the research to commercialisation gap

Clare Birch, Associate, Blackbird; 

Lucas Hakewill, Accelerator Program Manager, UNSW Founders

Nat Puffer, Managing Director, IQT International;

Thomas Volz, Professor, Macquarie University and Strategic Partnerships Manager, Redback Systems;

Annie Parker, Executive Director, Tech Central, Greater Cities Commission (Panel Chair);

1.00 pm

Closing of Conference

1.15 pm

Closing Lunch (conference delegates only) + Poster Session (in-person only)

2.00 pm

CAREER FAIR BEGINS - Registration + Poster Session (in-person only)

2.30 pm

Careers Fair Opening

2.45 pm

Careers Fair Panel - The skills needed to succeed in quantum

Liz Bridge, Strategic Talent Partner, Quantum Brilliance; 

Dilan Rajasingham, ANZ Business Development & GTM Solutions Lead, Amazon Web Services (AWS);

Ian Hill, President and CIO, Silicon Quantum Computing;

Michael Egan, Director, Quantum Technologies, KPMG Futures;

Rebecca Halligan, Chief Operating Officer, Sydney Quantum Academy (Panel Chair);

3.30 pm

Careers Fair Panel - Quantum Careers: Academia vs Industry

Alexandra Dickie, Test and Equipment Engineer, Diraq;

Anna Phan, Asia Pacific Partner Lead, IBM Quantum;

Rose Ahlefeldt, Senior Research Fellow, The Australian National University;

Muhammad Usman, Team Leader Quantum Systems, Data61/CSIRO;

Maja Cassidy, Scientia Fellow and Senior Lecturer, UNSW (Panel Chair)

4.15 pm

Afternoon Tea, Poster Session (in-person only), Employer Booths (online and in-person)

5.30 pm

Careers Fair Concludes


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