A hypothetical experiment in which a cat kept in a closed box can be alive and dead at the same time – as long as nobody lifts the lid to take a look.
Entries to this year's Quantum Shorts will be read by extraordinary physicists, writers and communicators.
The judging panel will decide the contest's top prizes. The shortlisting panel will review all submissions to choose up to ten short stories for the top prizes. We're thrilled to have the people named here be part of this year's festival.
- Artur Ekert, director of the Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore
- Chad Orzel, physics professor at Union College in the US and author of books including Einstein: The Exotic Physics of Everyday Objects
- George Musser, contributing editor for Scientific American and author of two books, Spooky Action at a Distance and The Complete Idiot's Guide to String Theory
- Ingrid Jendrzejewski, Co-director of National Flash Fiction Day (UK), Editor in Chief of FlashBack Fiction and Flash Flood, and a flash editor at JMWW
- Lindy Orthia, senior lecture in science communication at the Australian National University, widely published on representations of science in fiction
- Mariia Mykhailova, software engineer at the Quantum Architectures and Computation group at Microsoft
- Michael Brooks, journalist, broadcaster and author of books including The Quantum Astrologer's Handbook
- Yvonne Gao, quantum scientist with Singapore's A*STAR and one of MIT Technology Review's Innovators Under 35 for the Asia Pacific Region
- Andrew Hanson, outreach manager at the UK's National Physical Laboratory
- Ben McAllister, research associate at the University of Western Australia node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems
- David Hutchinson, director of the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies, New Zealand
- Georgia Mortzou, project manager at the UK Quantum Communications Hub
- Jenny Hogan, manages outreach and media relations for the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore
- John Donohue, scientific outreach manager at the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, Canada
- Joshua Slater, senior researcher at QuTech in the Netherlands woring on quantum cryptography and a sci-fi buff
- Spiros Michalakis, theoretical physicist at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, Caltech and scientific advisor for the Ant Man movies
- Tara Roberson, science communication researcher and practitioner in Australia