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Quantum Africa

Bringing the best of Quantum Research to Africa


The Quantum Africa conference series is held in Africa and focuses on quantum science and technology. The series aims to engender exchanges and collaborations between African countries and between Africa and the rest of the world, to enable Africa to play a leading research and development role, and to raise African stakeholder awareness of opportunities.

Steering Committee

Barry Sanders (Chair), University of Calgary and University of Science and Technology of China; Andreas Buchleitner, University of Freiburg; Artur Ekert, University of Oxford and National University of Singapore; Laura Greene, Florida State University; Yassine Hassouni, Mohamed V-Agdal University; Haikel Jelassi, Centre national des Sciences et Technologies Nucléaires; Sir Peter Knight, Imperial College London; Franco Nori, RIKEN and University of Michigan; Francesco Petruccione, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Former steering committee member: Fabio Benatti, University of Trieste; Neil Turok, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.


Quantum Africa 6
When: September 12 - September 16 2022
Where: Kigali, Rwanda And ONLINE

Program Committee and Local Organizing Committee:
  • Prof. Franco Nori (RIKEN/University of Michigan) – Chair, Program Committee
  • Marcello Dalmonte (ICTP, Trieste) – Program Committee
  • Rosario Fazio (ICTP Trieste) – Program Committee
  • Barry Sanders (Univ. Calgary and Univ. Sci. Tech. China) – Program Committee
  • Omololu Akin-Ojo (EAIFR) – Chair, Local Organizing Committee
  • Alex Rogers (ALU, Rwanda) – Co-Chair, Local Organizing Committee
  • Marie Chantal Cyulinyana (NCST Rwanda and UR, Physics) – Venue and Accommodation
  • Christian Kwisanga (UR, Physics) – Transport and Accommodation
  • Steve Ndengue (EAIFR) – Finance
  • Blaise Tchapnda (AIMS) – Communication and Advertisement
  • Richard Musabe (Rwanda Polytechnic and UR School of ICT) – IT
  • Damien Hanyurwimfura (African Center of Excellence in Internet of Things, UR)
Invited Speakers:
  1. From Industry
    • Trond Andersen, (Google Quantum)
    • Abe Asfaw, (Google Quantum)
    • Fernando Brandao, (Caltech USA and AWS)
    • Oliver Dial, (IBM Yorktown Heights)
    • Mercedes Gimeno-Segovia, (PsiQuantum)
    • Helmut Katzgraber, (AWS)
    • Jarred McClean, (Google Quantum)
    • Marco Pistoia, (JPMorgan Chase & Co.)
    • Pedram Roushan, (Google Quantum)
    • Terry Rudolph, (PsiQuantum)
    • Simone Severini, (AWS)
    • Nathan Shammah, (Unitary Fund)
  2. From Academia
    • Meigan Aronson, (UBC, Vancouver Canada)
    • Tommaso Calarco, (Julich, Germany)
    • Susan Coppersmith, (UNSW, Sidney)
    • Marcello Dalmonte, (ICTP, Trieste Italy)
    • Rosario Fazio, (ICTP, Trieste Italy)
    • Giulia Galli, (Univ. Chicago USA)
    • Steve Girvin, (Yale, USA)
    • Jens Koch, (Northwestern Univ. USA)
    • Erika Kawakami, (RIKEN, Japan)
    • Daniel Loss, (RIKEN and Univ. Basel, Switzerland)
    • Tiago Mendes, (University of Ausburg, Germany)
    • Will Oliver, (MIT, USA)
    • Francesco Petruccione, (UKZN, South Africa)
    • Anna Sanpera, (UAB, Barcelona Spain)
    • Christine Silberhorn, (Paderborn University, Germany)
    • Charles Tahan, (White House Office for Quantum, USA)
    • Mark Tame, (Stellenbosch, South Africa )
    • J.S. Tsai, (RIKEN and TUS, Tokyo Japan)
    • Benoit Vermersch, (CNRS, Grenoble France)
    • Frank Wilhelm-Mauch, (Julich, Germany)
    • Peng Xue (CSRC, China)

Quantum Africa 5
When: September 2 - September 6 2019
Where: Stellenbosch, City of Oaks, South Africa

Programme committee:
  • Chris Monroe (University of Maryland and JQI) [Chair]
  • Janet Anders (University of Exeter)
  • Erika Anderson (Herriott-Watt University)
  • David Awschalom (University of Chicago)
  • Michael Biercuk (University of Sydney)
  • Tilman Esslinger (ETH Zurich)
  • Andrew Forbes (WITS University)
  • Fedor Jelezko (Ulm University)
  • Alicia Kollar (Princeton University)
  • Ben Lev (Stanford University)
  • Mike Raymer (University of Oregon)
  • Lieven Vandersypen (Delft University of Technology)
Organizing committee:
  • Hermann Uys (Stellenbosch University) [Chair]
  • Yaseera Ismail (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
  • Nancy Payne (Stellenbosch University)
  • Francesco Petruccione (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
  • Mark Tame (Stellenbosch University)
Plenary speakers:
  • Gerald Gabrielse
  • Heike Riel
Keynote speakers:
  • Sonja Franke-Arnold
  • Tracy Northup
  • Michael Kastner
  • Mourad Telmini
  • James Thompson
  • Jason Petta

Quantum Africa 4
When: April 30 - May 5 2017
Where: Tunis, Tunisia

Programme committee:
  • Amy S. Mullin (University of Maryland College Park, USA)
  • Anthony J. Leggett (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Athena Safa-Sefat (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Hermann Uys (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
  • Hicham Eleuch (McGill University, Canada)
  • Kun Yang (Florida State University, USA)
  • Leon Balents (University of California Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Laura Greene (Florida State University, USA) [Chair]
  • Lesley Cohen (Imperial College London, U.K)
  • Morad El Baz (Université Mohammed V, Rabat, Morocco)
  • N. Peter Armitage (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • Nina Markovic (Goucher College, USA)
  • Setsuko Tajima (Osaka University, Japan)
  • Sihem Jaziri (University of Carthage, Tunisia)
  • Sonia Haddad (University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia)
  • Terry Rudolph (Imperial College London, U.K)
  • Thierry Giamarchi (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Warren E. Pickett (University of California Davis, USA)
  • Yasser Omar (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Organizing committee:
  • Fathi Jomni (Faculty of Sciences of Tunis) [Posters & Exhibition]
  • Fatma Argoubi (LSAMA, University of Tunis El Manar, Deputy Secretary of Tunisian Physical Society) [Social Events & Excursions]
  • Haikel Jelassi (National Centre for Nuclear Sciences and Technologies, Tunis, Tunisia, Assistant Treasurer of Tunisian Physical Society) [Chair & Sponsorship]
  • Houaida Oueslati (ESAC-University of Carthage & LSAMA-Faculty of Sciences of Tunis) [Communication]
  • Ikbel Mallek Zouari (Iset’Com) [Program]
  • Mourad Zghal (SupCom & President of the Tunisian Society of Optics) [OSA's Representative]
  • Najoua Derbel (LSAMA, Faculty of Sciences of Bizerte) [Registration]
  • Neila Terzi (Treasurer of Tunisian Physical Society) [Finance]
  • Rim Toukabri (University of Calgary, Canada) [Book of abstracts & Speakers Bios]
  • Rym Bouchendira (LSAMA, Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, Secretary of Tunisian Physical Society) [Registration]
  • Said Ridene (Faculty of Sciences of Tunis) [Accomodation, Logistics & Transportation]
  • Samia Charfi Kaddour, (Faculty of Sciences of Tunis, President of Tunisian Physical Society)
  • Wiem Benchouikha (LPMC, University of Tunis El Manar ) [Book of Abstracts]
Plenary speakers:
  • Alain Aspect (Institut d'optique, Palaiseau) (France)
  • Claudia Felser (Max-Planck-Inst for Chem Physics of Solids) (Germany)
  • Suchitra Sebastian (University of Cambridge) (UK)
Keynote speakers:
  • Blaise Jeanneret (Federal Institute of Metrology) (Switzerland)
  • Catherine Pépin (Saclay) (France)
  • Fabien Bretenaker (Laboratoire Aimé Cotton) (France)
  • Gregory S. Boebinger (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory Florida State University, University of Florida, Los Alamos National Laboratory) (USA)
  • Meigan Aronson (Texas A&M University) (USA)
  • Rosario Fazio (The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics - Trieste) (Italy)
  • Vanderlei Salvador Bagnato (University of São Paulo) (Brazil)

Quantum Africa 3

When: September 22 - September 26 2014
Where: Rabat, Morocco

Programme committee:
  • Martin Plenio (University of Ulm, Germany) [Chair]
  • Alain Aspect (Institut d’Optique, Paris, France)
  • Angelo Bassi (University of Trieste, Italy)
  • Michael Berry (University of Bristol, UK)
  • Mohamed Bourennane (University of Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Luiz Davidovich (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • Jiangfeng Du (University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China)
  • Morad El Baz (Mohamed V-Agdal University, Rabat, Morocco)
  • Fesseha Kassahun (University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
  • Abdel-Shafy Fahmy Obada (Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt)
  • Gerard Milburn (The University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Michele Mosca (University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada)
  • Mio Murao (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Terry Rudolph (Imperial College, London, UK)
  • Herman Uys (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria, South Africa)
  • Rienk van Grondelle (VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Organizing committee:
  • Yassine Hassouni (Mohamed V-Agdal University, Rabat, Morocco) [Chair]
  • Asmae Arbaoui (Mohamed V-Agdal University, Rabat, Morocco) [Communications]
  • Morad El Baz (Mohamed V-Agdal University, Rabat, Morocco) [co-Vice-Chair/Treasurer]
  • El Houssine El Rhaleb (Mohamed V-Agdal University, Rabat, Morocco) [Registration]
  • Mohamed Regragui(Mohamed V-Agdal University, Rabat, Morocco)
  • Morad El Belkacemi ((Mohamed V-Agdal University, Rabat, Morocco)
  • Aziz Bouchene (Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France)
  • Daniel Braun (Institut fürtheoretischePhysik, Universität Tübingen, Germany)
  • Jihane Mimih, American Physical Society, NY, USA
  • Antonello Scardicchio (Abdus Salam ICTP, Trieste, Italy)
Plenary speakers:
  • Serge Haroche
  • Greg Scholes
  • Fedor Jelezko
Keynote speakers:
  • Markus Aspelmeyer
  • Rainer Blatt
  • Nilanjana Datta
  • Mark Hillery
  • Tjaart Krueger
  • Alexandra Olaya-Castro
  • Bruno Robert
  • Christine Silberhorn
  • Peter Zoller

Quantum Africa 2

When: September 3 - September 7 2012
Where: Northern Drakensberg, South Africa

Organizing committee:
  • F. Petruccione, Chairman (NITheP KZN & UKZN)
  • E. Bruning (UKZN)
  • Thomas Konrad (UKZN)
  • I. Sinayskiy (NITheP KZN)
  • Sile Nic Chormaic (UKZN)
  • Stef Roux (NLC, CSIR)
  • Hermann Uys (NLC, CSIR)
Plenary speakers:
  • F. Jelezko (University of Ulm)
  • N. Gisin (University of Geneva)
  • A. Ekert (National University of Singapore and University of Oxford)
  • M. Padgett (University of Glasgow)
  • L. Davidovich (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro)
Keynote speakers:
  • A. Bassi (University of Trieste)
  • A. Buchleitner (University of Freiburg)
  • M. Genovese (INRIM, Torino)
  • B. Hiesmayr (University of Vienna)
  • W. Loeffler (University of Leiden)
  • N. Lutkenhaus (University of Waterloo)
  • M. Mosca (University of Waterloo)
  • J. P. Paz (University of Buenos Aires)
  • T. Ralph (University of Queensland)
  • L. Sanchez Soto (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
  • W. Schleich (University of Ulm)
  • S. Severini (University College London)
  • P. Villoresi (University of Padova)

Quantum Africa 1

When: September 19 - September 24 2010
Where: Durban, South Africa

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