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Alberta Quantum-Nano Workshop
14 July 2014

Sheraton Red Deer Hotel
3310 50 Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 2X9

sponsored by Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, University of Alberta Faculty of Science, University of Calgary Faculty of Science

Workshop steering committee: Paul Barclay, John Davis, Lindsay LeBlanc, Barry Sanders.

An objective of AQN2 is to bring together Alberta’s Quantum-Nano community drawn from a larger base that includes NAIT, SAIT, the University of Lethbridge, industry and government plus industry representation. Total attendance is expected to be 140. The goal for this gathering is to forge a strategy for strengthening quantum-nano activities in Alberta, foster collaboration, identify the benefits that quantum-nano research bring to Alberta, determine requisite infrastructural support, investigate how to attract the best and brightest students, researchers and faculty members to the province, and initiate provincial-scale activities such as workshops to benefit all members of this community. The format for the event will be a few invited talks, a poster session, focused discussions and break-out sessions covering strategic topics emerging during the day. The day will end at 5 pm for most, but a leadership will form during the day and carry on planning discussions into the evening.

Nanoscience and quantum science and technology encompass a broad set of research topics, which often intersect. As these fields continue to advance, it is expected that their impact and overlap with each other will grow. Quantum and nano topics that are especially relevant for the quantum-nano workshop are listed below.

  • Nano-Optics: photonics, plasmonics, high-resolution imaging, optical sensors
  • Nano-Materials: nanocrystals, nano-magnetic materials, quantum dots
  • Nano-Mechanics: nano electromechanical systems, torsional resonantors, atomic force microscopy devices
  • Quantum Materials: superfluids and superconductors, quantum gases
  • Quantum Electronics: molecular devices, mesoscopic transport
  • Quantum Science and Technology: quantum control, quantum cryptography, quantum computing
  • Spectroscopy: gas spectroscopy, single emitter spectroscopy
  • Electronic Structure Calculations: ab intio calculations, density functional theory


9:00am – 9:30am Coffee & setting up posters
9:30am – 9:40am Barry Sanders opens
9:40am – 10:10am Invited speaker: Wolfgang Tittel – UofC
10:10am – 10:40am Invited speaker: Lindsay LeBlanc – UofA
10:40am – 11:20am Coffee & posters
11:20am – 11:50am Invited speaker: Bob Wolkow – UofA
11:50am – 12:20pm Invited speaker: Simon Trudel – UofC
12:20pm – 2:00pm Buffet lunch
2:00pm – 2:20pm Invited speaker: Randy Goebel – Chief Science Officer, AITF
2:20pm – 2:40pm Invited speaker: Marie D’Iorio – Executive Director, NINT
2:40pm – 3:20pm Coffee & posters
3:20pm – 3:40pm Invited speaker: Frank Nolan – Research and Innovation Officer, NSERC Prairies Office
3:40pm – 4:00pm Invited speaker: Hooman Hosseinkhannazer – Director of Business Development, Norcada
4:00pm – 4:20pm Invited speaker: Renée Elio - Senior Advisor, CIFAR
4:20pm – 5:00pm Discussion & wrap-up


Travel costs to Red Deer will be reimbursed, assuming transportation is by carpooling, or by bus. Other travel arrangements can be considered but please contact Nancy Jing Lu first before making an arrangement.

Coffee Breaks and Meal

Coffee breaks and lunch will be provided. Please send your special dietary requirements to Nancy Jing Lu.

Poster Guidelines

To make a successful poster presentation:

  • Put your poster up at least 1/2 hour prior to the start of the poster session.
  • Please make your poster's size as 48" (W) X 36" (L), and consist of materials that can be mounted easily with push pins. If you have made a poster already, but the size is not 48" X 36", you can use it as well.
  • Plan your poster to be in logical sequence, i.e. introduction, study design and methods, data collected, conclusion.
  • To ensure visual effectiveness of your poster, use large lettering and a minimum of text.
  • Remove your poster immediately at the close of the poster session.


All reimbursement should be done within one month after the workshop. Please contact Nancy Jing Lu if you have any queries regarding your reimbursement.

University of Calgary participants

  • Please contact Nancy Jing Lu when you do your report to claim expenses. She will send you the account information that is required while doing your report.
  • If you drive your car, please claim per mileage.
  • If you use other method of transportation tool, please claim as per receipts.

All other participants

  • If you drive your car, you will be paid per mileage. As per University of Calgary policy, the rate is $0.46 per km. Please let Nancy Jing Lu know: 1.name of people sitting in your car; 2. your departure point.
  • If you use other method of transportation tool, please send all receipts to Nancy Jing Lu via mail.
  • Please send your mailing address to Nancy for mailing a cheque back to you once the reimbursement is done.

Nancy Jing Lu's mailing address:
Institute for Quantum Science and Technology,
University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW,
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4

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