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A new light on quantum computing

2019 Dr Peter Domachuk Memorial Lecture

Professor Chris Monroe is one of the world's foremost quantum technologists and will be in Sydney to explain the rise of what promises to be a revolutionary technology of the 21st century.

Event details
Date and time:
Wednesday 2 October, 6 – 7.30pm
Venue: Messel Lecture Theatre (4002), Sydney Nanoscience Hub
The University of Sydney (Camperdown/Darlington Campus)
Entry: free and open to all with online registrations essential.

Professor Chris Monroe hails from the University of Maryland and is the founder of IonQ, an emerging quantum computing company that takes a unique approach and is challenging corporate giants, such as IBM and Google, in the race to build a working quantum machine.

In his talk 'Quantum computing with atoms', Chris will explain how he and IonQ use high-precision laser light to control networks of entangled trapped atomic ions to build machines that will have the ability to solve problems beyond the most powerful supercomputers.

Chris will be joined by Associate Professor Maryanne Large to explore how quantum computing will impact our lives, from disruption to cryptography, finance and shopping to personalised medicine, redesigned industrial chemistry and a revolution in materials science.

The Dr Peter Domachuk Memorial Lecture was established in honour of Peter’s outstanding contribution and commitment to optofluidics and biophotonics research. This event is co-presented with the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) and the School of Physics.

The University of Sydney is a global centre for research into quantum computing. It is home to the Sydney Microsoft Quantum Laboratory and Sydney Nano Institute. The University is a partner in the city-wide Sydney Quantum Academy, which is backed by the NSW Government.

The speakers

Christopher is a leading atomic physicist and quantum information scientist. He is a Distinguished Professor and Bice Zorn Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland and CEO and co-founder of IonQ, Inc, a start-up that makes full-stack quantum computers.

He demonstrated the first quantum gate realised in any system in the 1990s, and at the University of Michigan and the University of Maryland he discovered new ways to scale trapped ion qubits and simplify their control with semiconductor chip traps, simplified lasers, and photonic interfaces for long-distance entanglement.

He received the American Physical Society I. I. Rabi Prize and the Arthur Schawlow Laser Science Prize, and has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences.

Event information

This event is free and open to all but online registration is essential.

Simply click the 'Register now' button or follow this link.

Entry to ticket holders will be prioritised and given on a first-in, best-dressed basis until the room reaches capacity. If an event is full, this may result in standing room or delayed admittance until an appropriate time.

We recommend early arrival to allow time for finding the venue and securing a seat to the event. Doors open 15 minutes before the advertised start time. 

If you could not register but would like to attend, you are welcome to join a stand-by queue on the night as seats may become available due to late cancellations. Please note, this is not guaranteed so you come at risk of non-admittance.

This venue provides wheelchair access and infrared hearing system.

Access requirements

If you have other access requirements or want more information, get in touch with us on 9351 2943 or email with 'Access | Oct 2 – Quantum' in the subject line at the earliest opportunity to allow us time to organise for any additional services in time for the event.

This event takes place at Messel Lecture Theatre, which is on the Level 3 of Sydney Nanoscience Hub building, located directly behind the Physics building on Physics Road.

There will be directional signage on the day leading to the theatre. You may also refer to the map on this page. 

Public Transport

To help you plan your trip, visit


Buses to the University are readily available from Railway Square, Central Station (Broadway). Please use the campus maps tool and tick the ‘State transit bus stops’ box under the ‘Amenities’ column to view all possible bus stops.

Take one of these buses: 352, 370, 422, 423, 426, 428, m30, L23 or L28 and alight at City Road (before Butlin Avenue). 


The venue is roughly 15-20 minutes walk from Redfern Station. Enter via Abercrombie Street to reach the campus. 

There is some on-street parking near Carriageworks and Abercrombie Street. 

There is also paid parking available at Shepherd Street Carpark. Head to the University's Parking page for more information about fees and opening hours.

Use the University Campus Maps tool to find out more details about parking and access areas: search for the 'Sydney Nanoscience Hub'.

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