The World Quantum Day is an initiative from quantum scientists from 65+ countries.
It is a decentralized and bottom-up initiative, inviting all quantum scientists, engineers, educators, communicators, entrepreneurs, technologists, historians, philosophers, artists, and their organizations, to organize their own activities, such as outreach talks, exhibitions, lab tours, panel discussions, debates, interviews, etc., to celebrate the World Quantum Day around the World.
In the World of Quantum
In Poland, events on the occasion of World Quantum Day will be held in the Experyment Science Centre, Gdynia where on April 14th at 10AM an open workshops In the World of Quantum will be held, organized by members of the Student Physics Scientific Group of UG and educators from the Experyment Science Centre.
At 12:00PM in the Library of the University of Gdańsk, dr. Marcin Pawłowski, head of Quantum Cybersecurity and Communication group at ICTQT will give a talk entitled QUANTUM CIPHERS. Talk will be in Polish and the event is open for general public. The event is organized by NATIONAL QUANTUM INFORMATION CENTRE in collaboration with University of Gdańsk and ICTQT.
After the lecture you will have a chance to see the art installation ‘Travels of Light’, created by prof. Tomasz Paterek and dr. Wojnowska-Paterek.
“‘The new artistic installation will illustrate the foundation of quantum mechanics – a simultaneous exploration of various possibilities,’ – says Tomasz Paterek from the Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics. – In particular, the installation will give the impression of being outside and inside.
As emphasized by dr. Karolina Wojnowska-Paterek, art helps to describe problems requiring abstract thinking, it evokes associations, emotions, is supposed to arouse the viewer’s interest in the subject, make him/her think.” More about the Travels of Light, here.
Quantum Ciphers – Lecture Summary
Data encryption is an integral part of modern communication, from securing bank transactions to e-mail. Quantum computers, which may soon appear, pose a threat to classical cryptography. It is already a serious issue because unauthorized actors can record communications and read it the moment such computers become available. Therefore, government agencies are already preparing to introduce solutions that could protect us against such scenario. One of solutions is quantum cryptography, but the status of this technology is currently quite complicated. On the one hand, the European Union is currently launching an initiative to cover the entire community with a network enabling secure quantum communication. On the other hand, Member State cybersecurity agencies are advising against the use of this technology. A similar situation exists in other parts of the world. During the lecture, participants will be introduced to the phenomena and fundamental laws of physics on which quantum cryptography is based. Possible scenarios of its development will also be outlined.