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Quantum Days 2024 – the Canadian quantum community meets and mingles in Calgary

The fourth edition of Quantum Days drew over 400 attendees from across and beyond Canada. This was the first time the conference used a hybrid format since Quantum Days started as a remote conference in 2021 – a successful move given that over 330 participants chose to join in person.

University of Toronto and CQIQC have supported the yearly Quantum Days conference since its start and was this time represented in several capacities. Prof. Boris Braverman served on the Program Committee and gave the talk "Quantum Imaging with Entangled Photons", and Anna Dyring, Quantum Strategic Initiative Lead, had joined the Organizing Committee. Prof. Aephraim Steinberg gave the talk “Everything you always wanted to know about quantum tunneling and photon propagation but were afraid to ask”, and Prof. Artur Izmaylov and Prof. Li Qian shared their expertise on panels on quantum computing and quantum networks, respectively.

Quantum Days 2024 ran over three full February days on University of Calgary’s campus and attracted attendees from across the Canadian quantum ecosystem. Its broad focus included a mix of contributions from researchers, quantum companies, funding agencies, policymakers, and Canada’s many quantum hubs and initiatives. Canada’s burgeoning quantum industry was well-represented among the exhibitors, speakers, and panelists.

The format was familiar with a conference program of science and industry talks, panels, poster presentations, and networking during lunches, coffee breaks, and a crammed evening poster session. Both in-person and remote attendees could follow along, interact, and access recordings through the online event app, which made the conference inclusive and accessible.

Deep Tech Canada, the organization behind Quantum Days, is already working on Quantum Days 2025. Stay tuned for announcements!

Some Quantum Days 2024 participants from U of T
Some U of T participants (from left to right): Anna Dyring, Artur Izmaylov, Vivek Dhande, Boris Braverman, and Li Qian.

Quantum Days 2024 Aephraim Steinberg
Professor Aephraim Steinberg speaks on the main stage.

Quantum Days 2024 - Poster session
The well-attended evening poster session. Edith Yeung from University of Ottawa won the top prize for the poster “Hybrid integration of III-V nanowires and SiN photonic integrated circuits for on-chip generation of indistinguishable photons.”

Photo credits: SBG Photography