Island Physics 2018

Island Physics - Advancing quantum technologies in Australia

6-9 August 2018

Held at Peppers Blue Resort on Magnetic Island QLD between August 6-9, Island Physics will bring participants from academia and industry together to advance quantum technologies in Australia. 

The format will be a mixture of invited and contributed talks together with plenty of discussion. Check out the program here

Registration is closed.

The industry sessions will start on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 7 and run until midday on Wednesday, August 8. This part of the workshop will be devoted to “Future Quantum Industries” with invited participants from government and commercial sectors, including finance, defence, telecommunications, startups, and other relevant industries.

Confirmed Speakers 


  • John Weston, Chief Engineering Officer, Senetas Corporation Limited
  • Julian Fay, Chief Technical Officer, Senetas Corporation Limited
  • Dr Anna Phan, Research Scientist, IBM
  • Dr Cathy Foley, CSIRO
  • Dr Ben Greene, Chief Executive Officer, Electro Optic Systems
  • Susannah Jones, DSTL
  • Dr Vikram Sharma, Quintessence Labs


  • Dr Ben Sparkes, ARC DECRA Fellow, Precision Measurement Group, Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, University of Adelaide
  • Associate Professor Meera Parish, Theory of Quantum Matter Group, Monash University
  • Dr Maja Cassidy, Senior researcher, Microsoft’s Station Q Sydney/University of Sydney 
  • Associate Professor Chris Vale,  Future Low-Energy Electronic Technologies (FLEET), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Dr Emma Mitchell, CSIRO
  • Dr Alastair Stacey, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Arne Laucht, UNSW
  • Professor Cather Simpson, University of Auckland
  • Professor Mohan Krishnamoorthy, University of Queensland


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Important dates

Three dates to keep in mind!

  • Deadline for abstract submission (contributed papers and posters) - April 27, 2018
  • Deadline for earlybird registration - May 11, 2018
  • Deadline for registration - July 15, 2018


The recommended accommodation is Peppers Blue on Blue Resort

To receive a discount on accommodation, you must call or email directly. Mention "Island Physics" in the email subject line or when calling to receive a discount on the room rate. Click here for accommodation rates

Email address:

Phone number:  

  • +61 7 4758 2415 (AU)
  • +61 7 4758 2400 (AU)

Getting to the conference

The conference will be held at Peppers resort on Magnetic Island. 

To get to Magnetic Island fly to Townsville Airport. 

Townsville Airport is a short 10km drive to the Breakwater Ferry Terminal. Taxis meet all arrivals and departures. The taxi costs app $22 to get to Ferry Terminal. A shuttle bus service also operates from the airport to major hotels and the Breakwater Ferry Terminal, and costs around $10 - $12 per person.

From there it's a short ferry ride to the island via a 20 minute passenger ferry ride.

The conference venue - Peppers Blue on Blue Resort - is a three minute walk (250m) from the ferry terminal


Registration includes morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea for full conference days as well as a networking dinner. Please see the program for all included meals, times, and locations. 


Earlybird registration (ends May 4)

Student - $200
Full - $400

Normal registration (ends July 15)

Student - $250
Full - $450

Abstract submission

You are invited to submit an abstract for a contributed talk or poster. To submit an abstract, please follow this link. The deadline for abstract submission is April 27. 

Select contributed posters will have the opportunity to present a "lightning talk" with a brief five minute presentation with a single slide highlighting your work.

Organising committee

The Island Physics organising committee is comprised of:

  • Professor Tom Stace, UQ and EQUS
  • Professor Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop, UQ and EQUS
  • Professor Andre Luiten, UoA
  • Professor Matthew Davis, UQ, EQUS, and FLEET
  • Professor Jared Cole, RMIT

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