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CISS Hosts Q3 Symposium and Lecture to Explore Quantum Age

The impact of quantum science on peace and security will be debated by leading practitioners and researchers at the Q3 Symposium and Lecture.

The University of Sydney’s Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) will host experts from the United States, Japan, Canada and China to address research and policy questions of the quantum age.

Over the past century, quantum mechanics has yielded new understandings of the microphysical world and resulted in a host of technological inventions associated with the modern age – from thermonuclear weapons, to computers, transistors, lasers, LEDs and mobile phones.

"The Q3 Symposium and Lecture come at a crucial moment in the quantum age," said Professor James Der Derian, CISS Director and Michael Hintze Chair of International Security. "As new applications for quantum science edge closer to reality, we're gathering to debate the political, ethical and philosophical implications of areas such as quantum computing, communication and consciousness."

Dr Jairus Grove, Director of the University of Hawaii Research Center for Future Studies, will deliver the annual Q Lecture on the quantum nature of global terrorism.

The Symposium will also feature keynote video presentations by Alexander Wendt on 'Quantum Consciousness and the Social Sciences' and by Professor Der Derian and Phillip Gara on their documentary film, Project Z: The Final Global Event.

Symposium participants will include Australia’s leading social scientists and quantum physicists, as well as scholars, writers and artists from around the world, including:

  • Anirban Bandyopadhay, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
  • Azar Gat, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Shohini Ghose, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.
  • Chao-Yang Lu, University of Science and Technology, China
  • Johnjoe McFadden, University of Surrey, UK
  • Alexa Meade, Los Angeles, USA
  • Karen O’Brien, University of Oslo, Norway

CISS presents the Q3 Symposium and Lecture with the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Event Details

What: Q3 Lecture and Symposium, Peace and Security in a Quantum Age: Moment, Matter, Mind and Metaphysics

When: 11-13 February 2016

Where: The University of Sydney and Quarantine Station (Manly)

Q Lecture reservations:

Media registration: [email protected]

Further information: and on Twitter through @projectqsydney


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