A new roadmap from Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, outlines a vision to create a thriving quantum technology industry, generating $4 billion dollars annually and 16,000 jobs by 2040.

The Growing Australia’s Quantum Technology Industry report identifies actions that could be implemented to help transform Australia’s world class research and quantum start-ups into a competitive industry with long-term economic growth potential.

This webcast will provide an opportunity to learn more about the report’s findings and pose questions to some of Australia’s leading quantum technologists, entrepreneurs, and researchers as well as other stakeholders in this exciting industry.


  • Free

Event date: 22May 2020

Friday 22 May 2020

Online webinar

  • 10.30am to 12.00pm

Webinar login details emailed to registrants

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Who should attend?

Anyone who wants to be part of the conversation to grow a new deep-tech industry for Australia should join.

This event is suited to those in government, industry and the research sector with an interest in industry development, trade and investment, and innovative technologies.

Why should I attend?

Facilitated by CSIRO's Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, this 1.5-hour event will kick-off a national discussion about how Australia can seize the opportunities of developing the quantum industry.

You'll hear an overview of the report's key findings and next steps towards realising this $4 billion opportunity.

The majority of the session will focus on two panel discussions with our expert guests.

Speaker biographies:

Dr Cathy Foley

Dr Cathy Foley
Chief Scientist, CSIRO

Dr Cathy Foley is Chief Scientist of CSIRO, Australia's national science agency and innovation catalyst. CSIRO solves the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology.

It is one of the world's largest mission-driven multidisciplinary science and research organisations, collaborating with industry, government, academia and the community to unlock a better future for everyone.

Dr Foley has made significant contributions to the understanding of superconducting materials and to the development of devices using superconductors to detect magnetic fields and locate valuable deposits of minerals.

She was awarded Agenda Setter of the Year in the Women's Agenda Leadership Awards in 2019, the Australian Institute of Physics Medal for Outstanding Service to Physics in 2016, and the Clunies Ross Medal of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering in 2015. In 2014, she was awarded the International IEEE Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions to Applied Superconductivity, and in 2013 she was named `Woman of the Year' by the NSW Government.

Dr Foley has a passion for advancing scientific research and has held various roles, including member of the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, President of the National Executive for Australian Institute of Physics, President of Science and Technology Australia, Editor-in-Chief of Superconductor Science and Technology journal, and Council Member for Questacon. Dr Foley is a strong advocate for women in STEM and is committed to tackling gender equality. As a leader in CSIRO, she is working to enhance collaboration across the sector and turn more world-class research into benefits for the nation.

Our panellists for the discussion include:

Professor Andrew White

Professor Andrew White
Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems

Professor Andrew White was raised in a sub-tropical dairy town in Queensland, before heading south to the big smoke of Brisbane to study chemistry, maths, physics and – during World Expo 88 – the effects of alcohol on university students from around the world. Deciding he wanted to know what the cold felt like, he first moved to Canberra, then Germany – completing his PhD in quantum physics – before moving on to Los Alamos National Labs in New Mexico where he quickly discovered that there is more than enough snow to hide a cactus, but not nearly enough to prevent amusing your friends when you sit down.

Returning to Australia over 20 years ago, he has conducted research on various topics including shrimp eyes, nuclear physics, optical vortices, and quantum computers. He likes quantum weirdness for its own sake, and his current research aims to explore and exploit the full range of quantum behaviours – notably entanglement – with an eye to engineering new technologies and scientific applications. He is currently Director of the Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems, a collaboration between five Australian universities and eighteen industrial and institutional partners to build sophisticated machines that harness the quantum world for practical applications.

Michael Biercuk

Michael Biercuk
CEO and Founder, Q-CTRL

Michael J. Biercuk is CEO and Founder of Q-CTRL, Australia's first venture-capital-backed quantum technology company, and Professor of Quantum Physics and Quantum Technology at the University of Sydney where he is also a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems. In both Q-CTRL and his academic work he is focused on enabling a new generation of quantum technologies through the development of control engineering in quantum-coherent systems. Michael earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Masters and PhD from Harvard University. He held a research fellowship in the Ion Storage Group at NIST Boulder and has served as a full-time technical consultant to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, helping to steer government investments in quantum information & advanced computer architectures. Michael is a TEDx and SXSW speaking alumnus and winner of the 2015 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher.

Professor Michelle Simmons

Professor Michelle Simmons
Director, Silicon Quantum Computing and ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology

Professor Michelle Simmons is Director of the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, at the University of New South Wales. She is also the founder of Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd, Australia's first quantum computing company and has developed unique technologies world-wide to build electronic devices in silicon at the atomic scale. She is internationally renowned for creating the field of atomic electronics and her team is leading the global race to develop a quantum computer in silicon. In 2017 she was recognised by the American Computer Museum as a pioneer in quantum computing, awarded the Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology and was named the 2017 L'ORÉAL-UNESCO Asia-Pacific Laureate in the Physical Sciences. In 2018 Professor Simmons was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal Society of London and named Australian of the Year. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of Nature Quantum Information.

Phil Morle

Phil Morle
Partner, Main Sequence Ventures

Phil Morle is a Partner at Main Sequence Ventures in Australia. The fund specialises in backing deep tech, science-driven founders and was founded by Australia's national science agency, CSIRO. In this work he specialises in the transformation of valuable inventions discovered in a lab into high growth companies. He is a director of Q-CTRL which he helped bring to life in 2018. He is well known as the CEO of Australia's first tech start-up incubator, Pollenizer through which he co-created many of Asia Pacific's start-up programs.

Dr Dale Lambert

Dr Dale Lambert
Chief of Cyber and Electronic Warfare Division, Department of Defence

Dr Dale Lambert PSM is the Chief of Cyber and Electronic Warfare Division in the Defence Science and Technology Group within the Australian Department of Defence. Dr Lambert enjoys a world-class reputation for higher-level data fusion research and, amongst other things, designed and implemented an artificial intelligence system for Sweden's airborne defence that was subsequently on sold to at least Sweden, Brazil, Mexico, Pakistan and Greece. Dr Lambert is the current Chair of the Executive Chairs of The Technical Cooperation Program, the largest cooperation on defence science and technology between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. In this role he has administrative oversight across a broad range of programs between the five nations. He additionally performs a number of roles with universities and industry. In 2015 he received the IEEE Harry Rowe Mimno Award at a ceremony in Washington DC for "excellence in technical communication". He was awarded the Public Service Medal in the Australia Day 2020 Honours List for "outstanding public service in the use of artificial intelligence in surveillance and reconnaissance, command and control, intelligence and autonomous platforms".

Dr Maja Cassidy

Dr Maja Cassidy
Principal Researcher, Microsoft Quantum

Maja Cassidy is an experimental physicist working in nanoscale condensed matter and quantum devices. She is currently a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Quantum in Sydney, where she leads research into scaling up quantum systems. After completing her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at UNSW, she was awarded the RG Menzies scholarship to Harvard, where she received her Masters and PhD in Applied Physics. She then completed postdoctoral research at Delft University of Technology, before returning to Australia in 2017 as a Westpac Research Fellow at the University of Sydney. In addition to her work at Microsoft, Maja has been a founder and scientific advisor to several startups in the biotech space, and is an advisor to Sydney Quantum Academy.

Dr Vikram Sharma

Dr Vikram Sharma
Founder and CEO, QuintessenceLabs

Recognising the potential of quantum cybersecurity, Dr Vikram Sharma conducted award-winning research to mature this science at the Australian National University (ANU). He founded and leads the Canberra-headquartered company QuintessenceLabs, which is at the forefront of quantum cybersecurity delivering quantum random numbers, crypto-agile key management and second-generation quantum key distribution. Among many recognitions, QuintessenceLabs was selected as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.

Dr Sharma holds a Master of Science in computer science from the ANU, a Master of Science in management from Stanford University, and a doctorate in quantum physics from the ANU. Prior to QuintessenceLabs, Vikram successfully built several technology companies, providing IT services to the Australian Government, and one of the first private ISPs in India.

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Science areas: General Science

Event type: Online