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Quantum Effects in Biological Systems Workshop, 2023

University of Surrey, UK, 26 - 30 June 2023 

We invite researchers and industry experts, such as quantum physicists, biologists, biophysicists, biochemists, and physical chemists, to communicate their latest, most exciting research findings in quantum biology. 

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Quantum biology is an emerging interdisciplinary field that explores the intersection between quantum mechanics and biology that could lead to a new synthesis of quantum science and technology with the complexity of biological systems. It studies how the exotic principles of quantum mechanics, such as superposition, tunnelling and entanglement, influence biological processes. The field includes the role of quantum effects in photosynthesis, bird navigation, enzyme catalysis and many other important areas, such as inflammation and neuroscience. The goals are to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying mechanisms and principles that govern life and to develop novel applications of quantum technologies in medicine, biotechnology and other biological disciplines.


We have a diverse range of invited talks given by experts in the field on topics including quantum tunnelling in enzymes, exciton and charge transfer dynamics in photosynthetic complexes, and the magnetic sense of animals. Check back soon for further details.

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We invite abstract submissions for consideration for a short talk or poster.

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For any information or further inquiries, please email QuEBS2023@surrey.ac.uk.

Invited speakers

Richard Cogdell

Richard Cogdell

University of Glasgow, School of Molecular Biosciences

Sam Hay

Sam Hay

University of Manchester, Institute of Biotechnology and School of Chemistry

Alex Jones

Alex Jones

National Physical Laboratory

Iannis Kominis

Iannis Kominis

University of Crete, Department of Physics

Carlos Martino

Carlos Martino

Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Lab

Nirosha Nurugan

Nirosha Murugan

Wilfrid Laurier University, Department of Health Sciences

Thorsten Ritz

Thorsten Ritz

University of California, Irvine, Department of Physics and Astronomy

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Dr Louie Slocombe

University of Surrey, Leverhulme Quantum Biology Doctoral Training Centre

Jonathan Woodward

Jonathan Woodward

University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Event details


The conference will take place in the rolling Surrey hills at the University of Surrey in Guildford, with direct links to London and easy travel links from Heathrow and Gatwick airport. See our visit the University pages for full details, including travel information.


Registration for the event is via the University online store, which takes payment via card. Group bookings can be made via the online store and all prices include VAT at the standard rate.

All registrations as standard include:

  • Access to all sessions
  • Refreshment breaks
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Welcome reception – 7pm, Monday 26 June 2023
  • Ticket to Jim Meets…Paul Davies – 7pm, Thursday 29 June 2023.

Conference organising committee

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Professor Johnjoe McFadden

Professor of Molecular Genetics, Associate Dean (International)

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Professor Jim Al-Khalili

Distinguished Chair, Professor of Physics, Professor of Public Engagement in Science, Centre Director

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Professor Ravi Silva

Director, Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) and Head of NanoElectronics Centre

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Dr Youngchan Kim

Lecturer in Quantum Biology

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Dr Louie Slocombe

Research Fellow in Theoretical Quantum Biology

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Aimee Sweeney

Postgraduate Research Student

George Ferguson

Postgraduate Research Student

Virginia Tsiouri

Postgraduate research student

Emily Brown


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The University of Surrey’s Leverhulme Quantum Biology Doctoral Training Centre (QB-DTC) is the world’s first centre dedicated to training interdisciplinary scientists in the field of quantum biology.​

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