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2019 NSW SCIENCE & RESEARCH BREAKFAST SEMINAR SERIES

Professor Michael J. Biercuk from Q-CTRL and The University of Sydney, presents:

Building the Quantum Economy

No current field of research and development comes close to matching the hype – and the hope – that surrounds quantum computing. In the words of leading quantum physicist, Professor Michael Biercuk, “quantum technology will likely be as transformational in the 21st century as electricity was in the 19th”.

Internationally, the race is well and truly on to develop the first functional quantum computer and Australian researchers are recognised as global leaders, attracting tens of millions of dollars of international capital investment to NSW across multiple universities.

In late 2017 Professor Biercuk founded Q-CTRL, Australia’s first venture capital-backed quantum technology startup, based on his team’s academic work at The University of Sydney and at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems. Q-CTRL collaborates deeply with IBM, one of the world’s most advanced developers in quantum technology, and has a global customer base.

Other corporate giants are on board: Microsoft is investing in university quantum research, Lockheed Martin supports Professor Biercuk’s academic lab, and the Commonwealth Bank has been an early supporter.

The NSW Government, through its Quantum Computing Fund, has also invested heavily in quantum technology.

To find out about the future of quantum technology and the opportunity that Australia has to shape a totally new industry, join Professor Michael Biercuk as he presents: Building the Quantum Economy.

ABOUT THE EVENT

The 2019 NSW Science & Research Breakfast Seminar Series is held in the Strangers’ Function Room at Parliament House of New South Wales, Sydney.

Entry is via Macquarie Street, Sydney. Guests are required to undergo routine security screening.

Breakfast, tea and coffee will be served from 7.30am.

The seminars will commence at 8am sharp and conclude by 9am. Tea and coffee will also be available afterwards.

For further information, please call (02) 9338 6817.

PREVIOUS NSW SCIENCE & RESEARCH BREAKFAST SEMINARS MAY BE VIEWED HERE.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Professor Michael Beircuk, Q-CTRL and The University of Sydney

Michael is a Professor of Quantum Physics and Quantum Technology at the University of Sydney, and Founder of Q-CTRL, Australia’s first venture capital-backed quantum technology company.

Michael was educated in the United States, earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Masters and PhD from Harvard.

He has held positions as a consultant to DARPA in the US Department of Defense and also in the NIST Ion Storage Group, working with 2012 Nobel Laureate David Wineland.

A frequent public speaker on the future of technology, Michael has appeared regularly on ABC television, is a TEDx speaking alumnus and was awarded the 2015 Australian Museum "Eureka" Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher.

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