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Young physicists celebrated in IOP Quantum on the Clock competition

2 November 2022

A-level or equivalent students take up QQQ group 3-minute quantum communication challenge 


The IOP’s QQQ (Quantum Optics, Quantum Information and Quantum Control) group has announced the winners of its Quantum on the Clock competition.

Quantum on the Clock challenges A-level and equivalent students to create videos explaining any aspect of quantum science or technology in under three minutes, individually or in teams. A panel of 17 expert judges from a range of quantum and science communication backgrounds judge the entries based on four criteria: creativity, clarity, accuracy and engagement.

The top winners, runners-up and highly commended entries were selected from over 120 entries from across the UK and Ireland, with the top winners invited to the Photon 2022 conference dinner on 1 September 2022 for a prize-giving announcement and lab tours at the University of Nottingham. See the shortlisted videos.

Campbell McLauchlan, a judge and quantum computing researcher at the University of Cambridge, commented: “I was blown away by the creativity and thought that went into all the entries, and the depth of research evident in every video,” while fellow judge Andrew Hanson, Outreach Manager at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), said: “The students’ enthusiasm and technical excellence made it a pleasure to watch every one of them.”

The competition was sponsored at the Gold level by IBM Quantum, NPL, Oxford Quantum Circuits, the National Quantum Computing Centre and Universal Quantum, and at the Bronze level by Oxford Ionics and the Quantum Computing and Simulation Hub. Find out more about the competition sponsors.

You can find the full summary of the competition and list of winners on the QQQ group website.