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Quantum leap into TEDxSydney

11 April 2016
The University of Sydney has partnered with TEDxSydney to spread innovative ideas

Quantum physicist Associate Professor Michael Biercuk will bring the exciting world of quantum technology to the TEDxSydney audience on 25 May at the Sydney Opera House.

"The potential for quantum technology to change the world is real and now within reach," Associate Professor Biercuk said.

Chief Investigator at the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS), Associate Professor Biercuk was one of only four innovators chosen to lead the first ‘Ideas that Travel’ event abroad a Qantas flight from Sydney to San Francisco in February this year. Watch his talk about how he and his team in the new Sydney Nanoscience Hub are harnessing quantum physics to help usher in a new era of innovation.

He has been invited back to share his bold ideas with Australia and beyond on the TEDxSydney stage next month.

Associate Professor Michael Biercuk with Qantas's Olivia Wirth before the tech talks.

Since 2012, the University of Sydney has been a principal partner of TEDxSydney, the annual event of ‘ideas worth spreading’.

TEDxSydney is an offshoot of US-based TED talks, founded in 1984, which presents the world's leading thinkers and doers sharing their most important ideas in an 18-minute talk.

University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence said the University was excited to be once again partnering with TEDxSydney.

“At the University of Sydney our researchers are converting big, bold ideas into real-world solutions to address the major challenges of our time. Research at centres like the Charles Perkins Centre and the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology will help to change our world.

“Our partnership with TEDxSydney is a perfect match, as we share a belief in the power of education and intellectual engagement to transform our world. We believe that by engaging people across a diversity of fields and disciplines we can make a difference.” 

The University of Sydney will be hosting a special live stream of TEDxSydney at Camperdown campus on Wednesday 25th May.

The event will run on the Law lawns and is open to all students and staff.

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