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Organising Committee Member, Dr Catherine Foley becomes Australia’s Chief Scientist

Photo caption: Image courtesy of CSIRO.

We are thrilled to congratulate Dr Cathy Foley on her appointment as Australia’s Chief Scientist!

Read more about Dr Foley’s achievements and influence in future areas of science research. 

Ex-Google quantum chief joins Simmons’ silicon startup

Michelle Simmons and John Martinis

Photo caption: Image courtesy of Innovation Aus. Michelle Simmons and John Martinis on Silicon Quantum Computing

Google’s former top quantum scientist John Martinis, who helped the tech giant achieve quantum supremacy, has joined Australian startup Silicon Quantum Computing, lending significant validation for its approach to the technology.

Professor Martinis has already travelled to Sydney, completed two weeks’ COVID quarantine and will start work on Wednesday with Silicon Quantum Computing (SQC), a startup founded by 2018 Australian of the Year Professor Michelle Simmons, staying for at least the next six months.

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Thinking small to change the world

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Through a ground-breaking partnership with Microsoft and the University of Sydney, experimental physicist Professor David Reilly is working to build a quantum computer that could transform society in ways we can’t even imagine. 

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A Message from Prof. Michelle Simmons on ICPS 2022
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ICPS COVID-19 Statement – 9 April 2020

Every two years we look forward to engaging with colleagues from around the world at the International Conference of Semiconductors.

Following the difficult circumstances related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and after a thorough evaluation of the emergency globally, the Organising Committee in consultation with IUPAP has made the tough decision to postpone ICPS 2020.

Although Australia has taken enhanced measures for the control of the spread of COVID-19, the Organising Committee are committed to ensuring that the health and safety of our delegates, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, and all stakeholders is prioritised over all matters.

This message is to let you know that we have agreement to run the Conference in 2 years time at the same venue, the International Convention Centre Sydney from Sunday 26 June – Friday 1 July 2022.

The engaging scientific program will be carried over to the new event dates, with the fantastic line-up of International and National speakers and social functions. We recognise all the hard work that so many of you have put into preparing your presentations and travel for ICPS 2020 and hope you will be able to join us in June 2022.

If you have registered for the Conference, or are a presenter, sponsor or exhibitor, we will be in contact to discuss options with you.

For options regarding your flights, please contact your travel provider.

Thank you for your understanding and support, and we hope to see you in Sydney in 2022. To obtain the latest information on COVID-19 please visit

We thank all our delegates, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, suppliers, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, The University of New South Wales, Business Events Sydney and NSW Government for their unwavering support.

For any queries please contact the Conference Managers via or see the Frequently Asked Questions here.

Scientia Professors;
Michelle Simmons and Sven Rogge
On behalf of the Local Organising Committee

Global semiconductor experts to connect with Sydney smarts

Photo caption: Image courtesy of Business Events Sydney. (L-R) Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons, The Hon. Minister Adam Marshall MP, Lyn Lewis-Smith, Professor Sven Rogge.

Australian of the Year, Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons, and her colleague and collaborator Professor Sven Rogge, have led a successful bid to bring the International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors (ICPS) to Sydney in August 2020.

Australia’s world leadership in the research of semiconductors – from quantum computing to advanced 2D materials and quantum electronics – played a key role in Sydney securing the event, which will see approximately 800 international experts in the field come together to shape the future of this exciting area of physics.

Announcing the win for the State, New South Wales (NSW) Minister for Tourism and Major Events, The Hon. Adam Marshall MP, said, “Sydney is home to many highly-respected, international thought leaders, innovators and researchers in this field. We welcome the opportunity to showcase our local expertise, and collaborate and learn from the international physics community. I’m excited to see results from the meeting of these great minds.”

This is the first time the flagship meeting has been held in Australia, and it will be a forum for the country’s scholars, researchers and specialists to interact with their global counterparts and discuss future research directions and technological advancements. Physics research is a pillar of Australia’s science sector, with more than A$6 billion spent annually on research programs. 

Professors Simmons and Rogge worked in partnership with Business Events Sydney (BESydney) to win the bid. It was a highly-collaborative effort between UNSW, the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) with support from the NSW Government.

“The world of tomorrow will be shaped by what we are discovering about semiconductors now, and their impact on quantum computing,” said BESydney CEO, Lyn Lewis-Smith. “The innovations announced and the connections made at ICPS 2020 will touch multiple industries, and help to create a smarter, more resilient and liveable global society.”

Professor Simmons, Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at UNSW, and also a BESydney Ambassador, said that Australia’s strong academic community would benefit from hosting the world’s largest semiconductor conference.

“This is the premier meeting for reporting all aspects of semiconductor physics, including electronic, structural, optical, magnetic and transport properties. Every year it attracts the world’s most prominent researchers in these different areas and features presentations from over 50 leaders in the field.

“Hosting the event here in Australia also provides a wonderful opportunity for us to engage the community in semiconductor technology, and demonstrate how this area of science can have an impact on their lives and on Australia’s most valuable industries.”

ICPS 2020 will host Nobel Laureates Professor Donna Strickland of University of Waterloo, Professor Doctor Klaus von Klitzing of Max Planck Institute, and Professor Shuji Nakamura of University of California.

With the support of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, the conference will also expose younger researchers and attendees from developing countries to the very latest thinking in the field.

The conference will be held at ICC Sydney, Australia’s premier and first fully-integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct.