Doug Bonn Receives 2019 CAP Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Physics

Please join us in congratulating Doug Bonn for receiving the 2019 Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Physics. The award is given by the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) in recognition of his accomplishments in quantum materials that have advanced our understanding of high-temperature superconductors. Read more.

Surviving your first APS March Meeting

The American Physical Society (APS) March Meeting is a special experience in the life of any condensed matter physicist. This year’s event in Boston (March 4 to 8) welcomed more than 12,000 delegates from all over the world including SBQMI graduate student Stepan Fomichev. At this size, the crowds alone can be enough to scare anyone away from physics — but Stepan offers some compelling reasons why they should attend. Read more.

Vancouver Regional Science Fair

With UBC Faculty of Science, SBQMI participated in the event by hosting a demonstrating of its magnetic levitation track before 30 high school students. The experiment involves “floating” a superconductive material above a circular track made up of magnets. Pinder Dosanjh and James Day have been providing demonstrations to Lower Mainland schools for years, refining details as the science has changed.  Read more.

Brainstorming Session and Summer School on Interacting Majorana Fermions

VANCOUVER, BC., May 1 to 3, 2019

Progress in experimental detection and manipulation of Majorana fermions in solid state devices promises that such interacting systems could be soon amenable to laboratory studies. Various exotic phenomena predicted in recent theoretical works could therefore become physical reality in the coming years. The workshop will summarize these recent developments, assess possibilities for experimental realization and identify the most exciting avenues for future research. This 2-day workshop is preceded by a day-long summer school session aimed at graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers interested in learning about Majorana fermions. The workshop brings together outstanding researchers from the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, McGill, MIT and Oxford. View event details.

For full details on participating speakers and institutions, download poster.

2nd Canadian Graduate Quantum Conference will be held in Jouvence, QC, from June 3rd to June 6th

This three-day graduate conference is jointly organized by the Canada First Excellence Research Fund (CFREF) institutes: the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute, Institute Quantique at the University of Sherbrooke and the Transformative Quantum Technologies program at the University of Waterloo’s Institute of Quantum Computing.

Through poster sessions, student speakers, lab tours, networking sessions and special keynote speakers, the conference provides a detailed survey of the research taking place across Canada. Register now.

Collaborative Quantum Projects Announced in Joint Research Initiative by Université de Sherbrooke, University of British Columbia and the University of Waterloo

Three of Canada’s most recognized centres in quantum information and materials research are collaborating on five new joint research projects. The three centres are all recipients of funding from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). Read project descriptions.

2019 CIFAR Quantum Materials Summer School Underway

The 2019 CIFAR Quantum Materials Summer School is currently taking place on the Vancouver UBC campus April 8-10, 2019. The school covers a range of topics around the theme of two-dimensional materials and van der Waals heterostructures. Program activities consist of lectures given by experts focusing on different aspects of 2D materials, a poster session and social events both on campus and in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Following the Summer School, the main CIFAR Quantum Materials Program Meeting will be held in downtown Vancouver April 11 - April 13, 2019 at the Pan Pacific Hotel. Read additional information about the CIFAR Program Meeting here.


Yuanyuan Cao has received the BioProducts Institute Rising Star Award of $5000. The awards recognize underrepresented groups in the BPI cohort.


PhD student MengXing (Ketty) Na awarded Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.


Jannis Maiwald from Meigan Aronson's research group has been awarded € 2,000 by the University of Augsburg for best outstanding scientific dissertation.


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