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Probing the peace and security implications of quantum innovation

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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:

Further information: and on Twitter through @projectqsydney

Media enquiries: Luke O’Neill: (02) 9114 1961; 0481 012 600;

About CISS at the University of Sydney
In July 2006 the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) was established along with the Michael Hintze Chair of International Security to produce innovative research and education programs on the enduring and emerging peace and security challenges facing Australia, the Indo-Pacific and the world.

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