Jonathan P. Dowling Memorial Conference on Quantum Science and Technology

The MQ Centre for Quantum Engineering is organising a conference in memory of our colleague and mentor Jonathan P. Dowling.

Date: 9–11 January 2023
Location: The Quantum Terminal (

Jonathan Dowling (1955–2020) was one of the pioneers of optical quantum information processing.  He was closely involved in the US government's development of quantum information science, working on diverse topics including quantum metrology, Boson Sampling and quantum networks.  Jon would joke about his illustrious career. "There comes a time when a physicist must retire, go mad, or work to death; I call this the Josephson junction."  This conference aims to celebrate the work and life of Jonathan Dowling with contributions from across the spectrum of quantum science.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Quantum technologies
  • Optical quantum computing
  • Quantum metrology and sensing
  • Quantum imaging
  • Boson sampling
  • Quantum internet
  • Quantum clock synchronisation and navigation
  • Quantum communication

Invited speakers include (more TBD):

  • Mark Wilde
  • Hwang Lee
  • Howard Wiseman
  • Nana Liu
  • Tim Byrnes
  • Ivan Deutsch
  • Pieter Kok
  • Peter Knight
  • Peter Rohde
  • Jonathan Matthews

Schedule (more TBD):

  • Conference dinner: 10 January (location TBD)
  • Whiteboard session (at Macquarie University): after the conference, Jon style, where we drink, whiteboard and try to write a paper a week

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.