3-7 July 2023
University of Zululand
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
Extended Abstract Submission Deadline - 14 May 2023

Winter School 2 - Quantum Technology

Date: Monday 3rd July 2023

Venue: University of Zululand

Summary: The DSI recently launched South Africa’s Quantum Technology Initiative (SA QuTI), with a focus on strategically driving quantum science towards quantum technologies.  In parallel, South Africa is a sponsor of the UNESCO bid for 2025 to be declared the International Year of Quantum Science and Technology, while in 2022 the Nobel prizes in Physics were awarded to quantum science and technology.  This winter school will introduce the audience to a range of quantum technologies, with particular emphasis on SA QuTI research themes and the opportunities to engage in this exciting field.


8:00 am                           Arrival and registration

8:30 am                           Funding opportunities through South Africa’s Quantum                                                                                                    Technology Initiative (SA QuTI)

 Prof. Andrew Forbes, University of the Witwatersrand

9:00 am                           Introduction to quantum communication

Dr. Isaac Nape, University of the Witwatersrand

9:30 am                           Quantum computation: challenges and opportunities

Prof. Francesco Petruccione, Stellenbosch University

10:00 am                        Tea break

10:30 am                         Quantum nonlinear optics

Prof. Thomas Konrad, UKZN

11:00 am                         Emerging quantum research at CPUT

Prof. Kessie Govender, CPUT

11:30 am                         Free-space quantum links

Dr Yaseera Ismail, UKZN

12:00                                Quantum imaging

Prof. Hugo Defienne, Sorbonne University

13:00 pm                         Lunch

14:00 pm                         Quantum structured light

Prof. Andrew Forbes, University of the Witwatersrand

14:30 pm                         Quantum biology

Prof. Tjaart Kruger, University of Pretoria

15:00 pm                         Quantum metrology

Dr. Bertus Jordaan, NMISA

15:30 pm                         Closing remarks

16:00                                Tea Break