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Australia Day Address - January 2017

The UK-born scientist, who is leading the world in the race to build a prototype quantum computer, warned that Australia’s educators were jeopardising the future by lowering the expectations they set for students.

Professor Michelle Simmons

24 January 2017, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Since 1997 the Address has drawn on distinguished members from within the community to express their unique perspective on our nation’s identity and the diversity of our society.

Each year the speaker is encouraged to share their experiences and reflect upon our history and our future.

One of Australia’s leading scientists, Professor Michelle Simmons, delivered the 2017 Australia Day Address. Professor Simmons is an esteemed physicist specialising in quantum physics. She is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Director of the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at UNSW.

The event was attended by His Excellency the Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Hurley – the Honourable Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of New South Wales, Angelos Frangopoulos, Chairman of the Australia Day Council of NSW and fellow members plus members of Corporate Club Australia.

Professor Simmons is the first female scientist to deliver the Australia Day Address in its 20 year history. She emphasised the need for young people to tackle life's hardest tasks and to strive to be the best they can be.

The UK-born scientist, who is leading the world in the race to build a prototype quantum computer, warned that Australia’s educators were jeopardising the future by lowering the expectations they set for students.

Those who attended and had the opportunity to hear Professor Simmons' Address came away with a renewed and unique perspective of Australia's standing as international leader in scientific research and what we must do to continue this status for the future.

Read Professor Simmon's bio and watch the Address.

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