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Schools' Physicist of the Year Awards: Online

Thursday 18th June 2020 at 7pm

This event is open to year 10 and year 12 students and is by teacher nomination only. All award winners will receive a certificate and £25 book token, sent by post. Teachers are asked to select a student they wish to nominate for each year group. Nomination forms are available to teachers by emailing:

This year's programme:

Presenting the award winners

Professor Kieran Gibson (Head of the Department of Physics, University of York)

Keynote Lecture: Quantum Technologies

Quantum technologies are new and exciting applications of fundamental quantum physics.  They allow a revolution in what can be achieved and provide significant advantages over conventional technologies. Examples include quantum computing, sensing, imaging and communications.

Professor Tim Spiller will give a very general introduction to new quantum technologies, explaining the quantum physics concepts that underpin these and illustrating their ‘quantum advantage’, before focusing on communications technologies whose security is based on quantum physics. 

Tim Spiller is Director of the York Centre for Quantum Technologies and the EPSRC Quantum Communications Hub, which is part of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme. 


The audience is invited to ask Tim Spiller questions about his work (in text format), with Kieran Gibson putting selected questions to him (answered live).



The awards are part of a national scheme run and funded by the Ogden Trust, a charitable trust that exists to promote the teaching and learning of physics.


Past Events

Details of previous years' awards are available on our past events page.