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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
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Saturday, September 16 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
[IN-PERSON] Creating a Roadmap Toward Global Quantum Education (161401) FULL

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Introduction and aims

Quantum computing is a new form of computing which utilizes quantum mechanics to perform calculations for problems previously impossible to solve. As with many technologies, quantum computing requires education and training. Without purposeful direction of education this will be yet another technology accessible only to a limited number of privileged few. We are organizing a session on Global Quantum Education to address this concern and ensure equitable access to quantum computing and related technologies.


Quantum computing is becoming increasingly important and commercially relevant. It promises to both solve problems, but also create others if not adequately prepared for them. Many of these problems arise because quantum capabilities suffer from a disparity between developing and developed countries: only the most wealthy and most technologically-advanced states have quantum programs. This is a critical time in the industry, with the amount of investment now in the billions of dollars, new startups proliferating weekly, and quantum degree/certificate programs becoming a standard part of technical education.

We are proposing this session to discuss the status of quantum education. We have invited representatives from organizations who have significantly contributed to this sector, including private, non-profit, academic, and governmental. Our goal is to foster equitable worldwide quantum education. We have already received confirmation from the Chicago Quantum Exchange, OneQuantum Africa, and the NSF-Funded Quantum Education for Students and Teachers, among others.

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Stefan Seegerer

Education Lead, IQM Quantum Computers
Dr. Stefan Seegerer is Education Lead at IQM Quantum Computers. His work focuses on democratizing the world of quantum computing through education. One of the projects is IQM Academy, an interactive and engaging online curriculum for quantum computing. In September 2022, he was awarded... Read More →
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Vincent Anandraj

Strategic Engagement Lead, Quantinuum
Vincent Anandraj is the Strategic Engagement Lead at Quantinuum.With a postgraduate degree from Queen Mary University of London, Vincent has been involved in education for close to three decades: starting as a teacher in London and ending up setting up International Schools in Southeast... Read More →

Kate Timmerman

CEO, Chicago Quantum Exchange
Kate Waimey Timmerman is CEO of the Chicago Quantum Exchange, a catalyst for advancing academic and industrial efforts in the science and engineering of quantum information. The Exchange is a collaboration between the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National... Read More →
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Kiera Peltz

Executive Director, Qubit by Qubit
Kiera Peltz is the Founder and CEO of The Coding School (TCS), a 501(c)(3) tech education nonprofit focused on equipping the next generation with the technical skills for the future of work. Focusing on emerging technology education and workforce development training, TCS has trained... Read More →
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Kasper Nørgaard

Scientific Director, Novo Nordisk Foundation

William Zeng

President, Unitary Fund
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Alexander Ling

Principal Investigator, CQT, National University of Singapore
Quantum Technologies, Quantum Literacy, Outreach, Education and Training
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Angela Kelly

Professor, Stony Brook University
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Lorraine Tsitsi Majiri

President, OneQuantum Africa
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Judith Gabel

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Dr. Judith Gabel is a quantum technology educator at the Munich Quantum Valley. Primarily, she is working on the Quantum Lifelong Learning project, a project dedicated to developing courses about quantum technologies for professionals in industry who want to upskill.Besides her work... Read More →

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Mark Jackson

Senior Quantum Evangelist, Quantinuum
Dr. Mark Jackson is the Senior Quantum Evangelist at Quantinuum. He received his B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Duke University and Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Columbia University. He then spent 10 years researching superstring theory and cosmology, co-authoring almost... Read More →

Saturday September 16, 2023 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Columbia University, Pupin Hall