Australian of the Year, Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons, and her colleague and collaborator Scientia 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 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.”
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.