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An Australian Strategy for the quantum revolution

ASPI Presents: An Australian strategy for the quantum revolution

Speakers Danielle Cave, Gavin Brennen, Simon Devitt, Tara Roberson and Peter Rohde

ASPI is delighted to invite you to the hybrid event ‘An Australian Strategy for the quantum revolution’ to be held in person in Canberra and streamed online via Livestorm

The world is now at the precipice of another technological and social revolution—the quantum revolution. The countries that master quantum technology will dominate the information processing space for decades and perhaps centuries to come, giving them control and influence over sectors such as advanced manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, the digital economy, logistics, national security and intelligence.

The power of quantum computing, quantum communications and other quantum-enabled technologies will change the world, reshaping geopolitics, international cooperation and strategic competition. The new United States administration is well aware of this. In his first weeks in office, President Biden signalled a major new policy focus on science and technology, including quantum technologies. The Covid-19 crisis has also seen quantum emerge as an investment vector for post-pandemic recovery: large capital investments have been made over the past year by such nations as China, Japan, Germany, France, South Korea and India.

A new report by ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre – An Australian strategy for the quantum revolution – argues Australia needs a clear quantum strategy with strong political leadership and an organised effort of policy focus and public investment. It also recognises that quantum is just one among a number of critical technologies and that a step change is needed in Australia’s policy settings related to critical and emerging technologies generally. Without this coordinated effort, Australia will be left behind. While Australia benefited from the digital revolution, we missed our opportunity to play a major role in the computing and communications technology sector. A similar fate doesn’t have to befall us in the quantum revolution. We have a long history of leadership in quantum technology and we’re highly influential relative to our size.

Join report authors Professor Gavin Brennen, Simon Devitt, Tara Roberson and Peter Rohde, and ASPI’s Danielle Cave for a one-hour panel discussion on the report’s findings, Australia’s competitive advantage in quantum and how we can better leverage the quantum revolution including across the research sector and the national security, defence and intelligence community. For guests attending in person, drinks and canapes will be served immediately following the event.

Register to attend in person via the 'Register' button above.


Danielle Cave

Danielle is Director - Executive, Strategy and Research.

Gavin Brennen

Gavin Brennen is a professor of physics at Macquarie University working in quantum information theory.

Simon Devitt

Simon Devitt is a senior lecturer at the Center for quantum software and information at the university of technology Sydney and co-founder and managing director of the quantum consultancy firm, h-b

Tara Roberson

Tara Roberson is a researcher in science communication and responsible innovation, working with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems and CSIRO.

Peter Rohde

Peter Rohde is a senior lecturer and ARC future fellow in the Centre for Quantum Software & Information at UTS.