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 brought participants from academia and industry together to advance quantum technologies in Australia. 

Download the IP2018 report

The industry sessions started on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 7 and run until midday on Wednesday, August 8. This part of the workshop was 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


Event Sponsors: 
Essential information: 

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

Talks and posters

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. 

Contributed talks have 20 minutes total (including time for questions). Invited talks have 30 minutes total (including time for questions). 

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.

Code of conduct

This code of conduct is based on the public domain template policy provided by the Geek Feminism Wiki.​

The Island Physics Committee are dedicated to providing a harassment-free workshop experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of workshop participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any workshop venue, including talks. Workshop participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the workshop at the discretion of the workshop organizers.​

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion.
  • Sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the organising committee retain the right to take any actions to keep the workshop a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the workshop.

The organisers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event- related social activities. We think people should follow these rules outside event activities too!

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible to any member of the organising committee. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place.

When taking a personal report, we will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. Once safe, we will ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, however we will handle this as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You will not be asked to confront anyone and all reports will remain confidential.

The Committee will be happy to help you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

Island Physics Organising Committee

Prof Tom Stace

Prof Halina Rubinstzein-Dunlop

Prof Matthew Davis

Prof Andre Luiten

Prof Jared Cole

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

Major funding support

Australian Research Council

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present.