...An apple falling on Agnese's head from her parent’s apple tree was her first (albeit unhappy) encounter with physics. She learnt the rest through her master’s degree from the University of Bari, a sunny city of the Italian South East coast. Then she felt it was time to crank it up a notch, bid farewell to the outdoor sun and moved to Cambridge, UK, to learn about how to store it! She started a PhD at the historical Cavendish Laboratory working on a new generation of low-cost plastic solar cell, then came a post-doctoral assistant position at the University of Oxford. While in Oxford, she had her eureka moment and realized that making people excited about science was just as cool as doing science! In 2013, she joined the science communication division at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. After three years of learning filming skills, practicing science storytelling, and too much good food, she enrolled in the Multimedia Production MSc program at Imperial College London. She interned at BBC Radio World Service, curated her own photographic exhibition and made a short film about Time. Last April, she joined the Quantum Science and Technology Institute at University College London as Communication and Business Development Manager.
Andrew is Outreach Manager at the UK's National Physical Laboratory. Andrew has a scientific background in optical metrology (his first group was called ‘Quantum Metrology’), and more recently manages explaining NPL’s science to the masses. This has included overseeing and judging many film, poster and essay competitions. He has also won awards for his own filmmaking work.
Ben is a post-doctoral researcher at QuTech, currently focusing on implementations of fault-tolerant quantum computing in superconducting circuits. He obtained his PhD at the Institute for Quantum Computing in Waterloo, Canada in 2013, and has pursued post-doctoral research at the RWTH in Aachen, Germany, and currently at the TU Delft in the Netherlands.
Dagomir is a theoretical physicist and a filmmaker. As a Principal Investigator and Associate Professor at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore, he does research on the foundations of quantum theory. Topics he's interested in include contextuality and the quantum-classical boundary. As a filmmaker and movie-buff, his tastes tend to noir. He won top prize in a 2014 physics video contest by the Foundational Questions Institute (FQXi) for a thriller with a physics theme. Short films he's made that are not about physics have been selected for international festivals including the LA Shorts Fest.
David completed his PhD at the University of Western Australia where he worked on the design and development of the Square Kilometre Array, the world’s most powerful radio telescope, research that won him ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year at the 2017 Western Australia Premier’s Science Awards. He is now a post-doctoral researcher at the Australian National University node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems where he works on laser communications, LIDAR, and quantum key distribution. David is a keen science communicator who shares his passion for science through public talks, school visits, articles, social media, and science festivals. He has performed at the Perth Science Festival, spoken at TEDx, taught physics in a Jumbo Jet flying 30,000 feet over Antarctica, and built exhibits for the Gingin Gravity Discovery Centre museum.
As director of the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies – a New Zealand national Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) - David is dedicated to educational outreach, while providing strong support for industry engagement and leadership of research activities across the Centre’s five member universities. He’s initiated and led a successful public engagement partnership with the Otago Museum - of which he has been a board member since 2008 – as well as with other museums, schools and agencies throughout New Zealand. David is also a professor in the University of Otago’s Department of Physics, doing research in theoretical quantum physics. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK) and a member of the Institute of Directors of New Zealand.
Kathryn writes about quantum information science and technology in her role as Communications Officer at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo, where she has been sharing quantum research with a variety of audiences for five years. She manages both internal and external communications at IQC. She is a graduate from the School of Business at Wilfrid Laurier University and holds specializations in marketing and psychology.
Michael, who holds a PhD in quantum physics, is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He is an advisor on outreach to the Centre for Quantum Technologies and a consultant at New Scientist. He is the author of books including At The Edge of Uncertainty, The Secret Anarchy of Science and the bestselling non-fiction title 13 Things That Don't Make Sense. He co-hosts the podcast Scienceish that delves into the science behind popular culture.
Nina Ernst is the Associate Director, Programmes for ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. Her work at the museum spans public engagement through tours, talks and workshops, performances, films and events, as well as schools programmes, interactive displays and outreach. Since joining ArtScience Museum, her focus has been on growing the attendance and deepening the engagement for public programmes and visitation from schools.
Peter is the public engagement and communications officer for QuantIC, the UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Enhanced Imaging based the University of Glasgow. He is a Chartered Marketer and has worked for the UK Government, BBC Worldwide, Singtel and Mediacorp. At QuantIC, he’s been busy getting scientists and the public to use quantum physics to survive a zombie apocalypse at science festivals and running Quantum Physics workshops for teachers.
Spiros grew up in Greece, solving math puzzles and playing video games with his brothers. After high school, he moved to Boston to study Math and Computer Science at MIT, before coming to sunny California for his PhD in Applied Mathematics at UC Davis. He is now at Caltech, where he splits his time between research on theoretical quantum physics and outreach for the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter. He was a scientific advisor for the film Ant Man and is one of the creators of qCraft for Minecraft, a mod that brings the principles of quantum physics to the Minecraft game. He was also the instigator of the short film Anyone Can Quantum (2016), a viral hit that featured a quantum chess match between Stephen Hawking and Paul Rudd.