Shortlisting Panel

Our Quantum Shorts fiction contests have drawn hundreds of entries in our past runs. This panel will be whittling down 2017's entries into shortlists for the judges.

Michael Brooks

Michael, who holds a PhD in quantum physics, is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He is a consultant at New Scientist, a columnist for the New Statesman and an advisor to CQT on outreach. He is the author of At The Edge of Uncertainty, The Secret Anarchy of Science and the bestselling non-fiction title 13 Things That Don't Make Sense. He has published one novel, a quantum thriller entitled Entanglement. He has two further books coming out in October 2017 - Science(ish): The Peculiar Science Behind the Movies, coauthored with Rick Edwards, and The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook.

Julia Cramer

Julia is the outreach coordinator of QuTech in Delft, the Netherlands. She is passionate about bringing quantum science to the general public. She finished her PhD on quantum error correction with spins in diamond and currently researches science communication in society.

Tobi Day-Hamilton

Tobi Day-Hamilton is the Director, Communications and Strategic Initiatives for the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo. Tobi leads a team of professional communicators and scientific outreach staff who share the wonders of quantum with the world. She led the creation of QUANTUM: The Exhibition, the first-ever travelling exhibit on quantum science. She also spearheaded the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM setting Smallest National Flag project. Tobi is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s English Rhetoric and Professional Writing program and an alumnus of the Governor General’s Leadership Conference.

Tania De Rozario

Tania is an artist and writer whose work has been showcased in London, Spain, Amsterdam, Singapore, New York and San Francisco. Tania was the winner of the 2011 NAC-SPH Golden Point Award for English Poetry, and is the author of Tender Delirium (Math Paper Press | 2013), which was shortlisted for the 2014 Singapore Literature Prize, and And the Walls Come Crumbling Down (Math Paper Press | 2016). She was a writer-in-residence at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore in 2015 and is working on a manuscript inspired by the experience. She can also be found at

Matt Edgar

Matt is a postdoctoral research associate in the Optics group at Glasgow University, working on classical and quantum imaging experiments. He obtained his PhD at the Institute for Gravitational Research at Glasgow University developing advanced interferometric sensing techniques to enhance the sensitivity of gravitational wave detectors. More recently Matt has been working with QuantIC, the UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Enhanced Imaging, to develop low-cost computational imaging systems for applications beyond the visible band, such as gas sensing and LIDAR. He is a member the university public engagement strategy group and is very active in science outreach activities to communicate his research and new developments in the physical sciences.

Jenny Hogan

Jenny is passionate about science, a bookworm and Associate Director for outreach and media relations at the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore. She has led the organisation of the Quantum Shorts contests since they began in 2012. Earlier in life, she studied physics at the University of Cambridge and worked as a science journalist in the UK for publications including Nature and New Scientist.

Spiros Michalakis

Spiros grew up in Greece, solving math puzzles and playing video games with his brothers. After high school, he moved to Boston to study Math and Computer Science at MIT, before coming to sunny California for his PhD in Applied Mathematics at UC Davis. He is now at Caltech, where he splits his time between research on theoretical quantum physics and outreach for the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter. He was a scientific advisor for the film Ant Man and is one of the creators of qCraft for Minecraft, a mod that brings the principles of quantum physics to the Minecraft game.