In the Realm of Quantum

Live stream from Tiedekulma, Helsinki 14.12.2020, 17.00 – 19.00


QPlayLearn is arriving! 

The launch event will take place online on the afternoon of next Monday, December 14, featuring talks and videos from quantum physicists from across Europe and hosted by Finnish science communicators, Kari Enqvist and Esko Valtaoja. The event will showcase what QPlayLearn has to offer, and give a fun introduction to quantum physics for everyone. We hope to see you there! 

QPlayLearn is a free on-line platform containing multimedia resources for learning about quantum science and technologies in a playful way.

We believe that everyone can understand the beauty of quantum physics and the power of quantum technology, regardless their age and background. We use innovative interactive tools to make the learning process more effective and fun, and accessible at different levels, without giving away scientific correctness.

The first stage of the QPlayLearn platform is Quest, namely a free online dictionary of 10 quantum terms, each connected to a key concept about the Quantum world. For each entry there will be games that teach the basics of quantum physics as well as keynote talks by global experts that explain the terminology and concepts of the field in easy to understand terms. The underlying idea of the content is that one does not have to be mathematically gifted to get acquainted with quantum physics.


Science Outreach and Education
17.00 – 17.05 Talk: “In the Realm of Quantum”, Professor Sabrina Maniscalco
17.05 – 17.10 Video animation: What is Quantum Physics?
17.10 – 17.25 Talk: “The Importance of Scientific Literacy in our society”, Emeritus Professor Kari Enqvist 
17.25 – 17.40 Talk: “How do we talk science with people with different views and background?”, Emeritus Professor Esko Valtaoja
17.40 – 17.50 Quantum Quiz: Esko vs Kari, Kari vs Esko
17.50 – 18.00 Greetings from Quantum Scientists – Zoom connection with Prof. R. Zambrini (Palma de Mallorca, Spain), L. Maccone (Pavia, Italy), M.L. Chiofalo (Pisa, Italy), V. Parigi (Paris, France), P. Verrucchi (Florence, Italy)

QPlayLearn Presentation
18.00 – 18.05 Talk: Mervi Airaksinen, Managing Director at IBM Finland
18.05 – 18.10 Talk: Jukka Pekola, Director of QTF CoE
18.10 – 18.20 Presentation of QPlayLearn platform, Dr. Caterina Foti
18.20 – 18.30 Videos of the Game Developers 

18.30 – 19.00 Panel discussion with Esko Valtaoja, Mervi Airaksinen (Stage) and online with Prof. Chiara Macchiavello (Coordinator for Education of the European QT Flagship), Prof. Kai Nordlund (Dean of Science, University of Helsinki), Dr. James Wootton (Researcher, IBM Zurich), Prof. Andrea Ferrara (Dean of Science, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy), Dr. Marcos Valdes (Virtual Immersions in Science, Italy), Dr. Himadri Majumdar (Program Manager for Quantum, VTT), Natasha Skult (CEO at MiTale , President of IGDA Finland), Prof. Ilkka Tittonen (Coordinator Aalto BSc in Quantum Technology)

19.00 end of the event

Beyond Quantum – Exhibition on Quantum Technologies

Beyond Quantum – What are quantum computers and who are the people behind the quantum technology revolution?

From quantum computers to super-refrigerators – the quantum technology revolution arrives at Mökki Galleria in Kaarina!
An exhibition uncovering the secrets of quantum technologies and the people behind them opens on March 1st. Besides exploring the Quantum World, Beyond Quantum will reflect on the intersection between Art and Quantum research.

The exhibition, sponsored by the University of Turku and Aalto University, explores the current state and development of quantum technology, unpacks the central concepts of quantum physics, and showcases artistic interpretations of quantum phenomena. Visitors can explore works of art, demos, and videos, all of which give insights into the work of researchers and their organisations. There will also be board games and VR games focused on quantum technologies!

One of the centrepieces of the exhibition is the interactive Quantum Garden artwork and game. Viewers of the piece are encouraged to interact with the artwork, to simulate a quantum random walker. The artwork helps the viewer visualise the principles of the models that underlie quantum computing and quantum biology.

The exhibition aims to show the quantum revolution currently taking place in an accessible and understandable way. Special events for Turku and Kaarina school students will be organised throughout the month. Researchers from the Turku Quantum Technologies group will explain quantum concepts, play with quantum games and organise activities aimed at exploring the quantum world.

The organisers of the event are part of the Centre of Excellence in Quantum Technology, consisting of ten internationally recognised research groups from Aalto University, the University of Turku and VTT. Beyond Quantum is funded by the Turku Centre for Quantum Physics, the Aalto University Centre for Quantum Engineering, and the Centre of Excellence in Quantum Technologies, and produced by Aalto University and the University of Turku.

The exhibition will be opened from March 1st until March 27th, Tu-Fr, 10:00-16:00, and it is suitable for all ages.

Imagined and real talking machines

Dr. Kimi Kärki 22.02.20, 17.00, Koulu (History class)

Docent Kärki will be talking about the research project he is currently involved in (“Talking Machines. Electronic voice and the interpretation of emotions and self-understanding in human-machine communication in 1960-2020”, funded by Kone Foundation), that studies speech audio as an interface between human and machine. The cultural history of such technologies is partially built on imagined futures within the works of speculative fiction, of which Kärki will focus on science fiction films. He will also talk about the transhumanism as the current meeting point of speculative popular culture and scientific advancements.

Bio: Kimi Kärki is Adjunt Professor (Title of Docent) of Popular Culture, in particular History of Popular Music, and Research Fellow in Cultural History and International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC), Department of History, Culture and Arts Studies at University of Turku, Finland. His research interests include the history of popular culture, especially Anglophone popular music, history of religions, imagined technologies, and history theory. He is currently the Secretary of the European Popular Culture Association (EPCA), and the Web/publications officer at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) Executive Committee. He has mostly published on the history of popular music, especially live music in spectacular environments, and is also a practicing musician. Homepage:

As always, the event is free and open for everyone interested, no prior knowledge on the topic required. Welcome!