"The Nature of Quantum Reality" One-Day Conference

Saturday 10th June 2017
10.30 am - 5.00 pm
St Cross College, University of Oxford - Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Department of Physics


As the great Niels Bohr famously remarked "Anyone who is not shocked by Quantum Theory has not understood it". Even today approximately a century after the extended formulation of Quantum Theory, its foundations continue to puzzle and perplex us. The spooky action at a distance of quantum entanglement eludes rational explanation. A quantum cat can be both dead and alive. The reconciliation of the theory with that of gravity remains unsolved. Yet despite these theoretical issues, quantum theory has provided scores of spectacularly accurate measurements and has led to a host of everyday devices used all over the world. This conference will explore the origins, achievements and technological developments from this all pervasive theory.

Registration to attend this conference is free.

The programme for the day is below:

MORNING CHAIR: Professor George Ellis (University of Cape Town)

10.30 am WELCOME

10.40 am Dr Jim Baggott (author of "The Quantum Story: A History in 40 Moments") - How an Electron Can Be in More than One Place at a Time [VIDEO]

11.30 am Professor Tony Sudbery (University of York) - The Life and Entangled Adventures of Schrödinger's Cat [VIDEO]

12.20 pm Dr Lina Jansson (University of Nottingham) - Action at a Distance: From Newton's Gravity to Quantum Theory [VIDEO]


AFTERNOON CHAIR: Professor Hendrik Ulbricht (University of Southampton)

2.15 pm Dr Richard Dawid (Stockholm University) - Who am I in the Multiverse? [VIDEO]

3.05 pm Dr Alessia Pasquazi (University of Sussex) - A Journey Through Quantum Technology [VIDEO]


4.30 pm SUMMARY OF THE DAY'S PROCEEDINGS - Professor Harvey Brown (University of Oxford) [VIDEO]

There will be a conference dinner at St Cross in the evening following the end of the conference with an after-dinner talk by Dr Felix Tennie (Oxford physicist and musician) on the development of quantum music. Although the conference itself is free of charge, the dinner carries a cost of £35 to attend - booking a place for dinner can be done here.


Bed and breakfast accommodation in the Oxford colleges can be found here.

A map of the location of St Cross College in the city centre can be found here and a map of the location of the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre at the Department of Physics can be found here.

All-day parking in central Oxford is often limited so details of the Oxford Park and Ride are available here.