QuantICOM, our Community Conference takes place from the 4th-6th June 2024 in Crieff Hydro

The Conference will bring the QuantIC community together to celebrate the achievements and success of the past 10 years of the Hub.


Tuesday 4th June

  • 14.00 - 15.00 - Registration at Crieff Hydro with buffet lunch in Meikle restaurant
  • 15.00 - 15.10 - Welcome to QuantICOM - Professor David Cumming, Director of QuantIC (Drawing Room)
  • 15.10 - 15.30 - 10 Years of QuantIC - our achievements and looking to the future - Professor Miles Padgett, PI of QuantIC
  • 15.30 - 17.00 - Poster session with coffee
  • 17.00 - 18.30 - Check in and free time
  • 18.30 - 20.30 - BBQ (outside Ferntower Suite)
  • 20.30 - 22.00 - Quiz

Wednesday 5th June

  • 08.00 - 08.45 - Breakfast in Meikle restaurant
  • 08.50 - 09.00 - Welcome and agenda for the day (Drawing Room)
  • 09.00 - 10.30 -  Where does creativity come from? Generating novel ideas and stimulating creativity - Dennis Sherwood, The Silver Bullet Machine
  • 10.30 - 10.45 - Morning coffee break and posters
  • 10.45 - 12.15 - Building a more inclusive quantum futureDr Jess Wade and Professor Mehul Malik
  • 12.15 - 12.30 - Procurement, Emma Fleck, Procurement Manager, University of Glasgow
  • 12.30 - 13.15 - Lunch in Meikle Restaurant
  • 13.30 - 13.50 - Walk to Action Glen
  • 14.00 - 16.30 - Games and activities at Action Glen
  • 16.30 - 17.00 - Return to hotel
  • 18.30 - late - Formal dinner and Ceilidh (Ferntower Suite)

Thursday 6th of June

  • 08.00 - 08.50 - Breakfast at Meikle restaurant
  • 09.00 - 09.10 - Welcome and agenda for the morning
  • 09.10 - 10.15 - Applying for fellowships/grants/prizes - Dr Aurora Maccarone, Heriot-Watt University and Lynne McCorriston, Research & Business Development Manager, University of Glasgow
  • 10.15 - 11.15 - Coffee and Mindfulness Session, Kim Flower, Hyggeme
  • 11.15 - 12.15 - What is the next big thing in Quantum? Group discussion
  • 12.15 - 12.30 - Closing Remarks - Chris Payne-Dwyer and Kirsty Annand
  • 12.30 - Lunch in Meikle restaurant
  • 1.30 - Coach departs



Dennis Sherwood

Dennis Sherwood is a management consultant with experience of solving complex problems. He has a Physics Masters from the University of Cambridge, an MPhil in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University and a PhD in biology from the University of California in San Diego. After being a consulting partner at Deloitte Haskins + Sells, and Coopers & Lybrand, he became an executive director at Goldman Sachs. He now runs his own business, The Silver Bullet Machine Manufacturing Company Limited, specialising in organisational creativity and innovation. He is author of 14 books.


Dr Jess Wade

Jess is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Lecturer in Functional Materials at Imperial College London. Broadly speaking, her research considers new materials for optoelectronic, spintronic and quantum devices, with a focus on chiral molecular materials.

She was previously an Imperial College Research Fellow in SPIN-Lab at Imperial, which is led by Professor Sandrine Heutz. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Fuchter and Campbell groups at Imperial College London, where she optimised these chiral systems such that can absorb/emit circularly polarised (CP) light for CP OLEDs and OPDs.

For her PhD Jess concentrated on organic photovoltaics and the development of advanced characterisation techniques to better understand molecular packing under the supervision of Dr Ji-Seon Kim.

Outside of the lab, Jess is involved with several science communication and outreach initiatives. She is committed to improving diversity in science, both online and offline, and since the start of 2018 has written the Wikipedia biographies of women and people of colour scientists every single day.

Professor Mehul Malik

Mehul Malik is the Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies and Professor of Physics at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, where he leads the Beyond Binary Quantum Information Laboratory (BBQ Lab). He currently holds an ERC Starting Grant from the European Commission and a UKRI Early Career Fellowship from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. His research interests include quantum information processing and communication, fundamental studies of entanglement, and complex scattering media.

Emma Fleck

Emma Fleck is Category Manager within the Procurement section of the University of Glasgow Finance Office.  Emma has worked with the University for the last two years, and comes with 15 years specialising in Procurement.  Areas covered within the University are College of Science and Engineering, and College of Social Sciences.

Dr Aurora Maccarone

Aurora is Assistant Professor and Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow at Heriot-Watt University where she focuses on underwater quantum imaging systems.

Lynne McCorriston

Lynne McCorriston is a Research and Business Development Manager for the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Glasgow.

In her role she works with researchers to help identify, shape and support new research activities, aiming to lead to strategic funding and long term impacts.

Lynne also supports researchers to embed impact development, Responsible Innovation and Equality Diversity and Inclusion into their research. The College Research Development team provides support and training for early career staff across grant writing, industrial engagement and career development.

Lynne supports researchers to build connections across the college and University, and with the wider College team, works to link industrial contacts to staff across Science and Engineering who can help address challenges in their organizations.

Kim Flower

In 2018 Kim swapped the corporate world to create calm within others. 

Kim delivers meditation & mindfulness sessions using her own experiences & lessons combined with her training to create unique sessions, 

Her passion is helping others to bring awareness to their thoughts, environment and the impact it has on ourselves and on others.

In these sessions she strives to be impactful and  at very least to create some much needed calm.

More information


The conference is being held at Crieff Hydro in the Drawing room.  A map of the resort can be found here.  Travel directions can be found here. 

 On arrival at 2pm on Tuesday 4th June, a buffet lunch will be served in the Meikle restaurant. We will gather for a welcome and a poster session in the Drawing room for 3pm.

 Bedroom entry can’t be guaranteed until 3pm but there will be space to store bags and coats hotel reception depending on your arrival time.

Your accommodation costs have been paid by QuantIC and include breakfast and the organised lunch and dinners. 

During your stay, you have access to the swimming pool and leisure activities. The Victorian Baths cost £25 and can be booked through reception. More information at https://www.crieffhydro.com/spa-leisure/ 


In general delegates are responsible for their own travel to the venue.

 By car: Parking is available onsite.  For those travelling by car, we would encourage carpooling.

By train: The nearest train stations to Crieff Hydro are Perth and Dunblane. From the train stations, the easiest way to Crieff Hydro is via the following buses:

                 Bus 15A - Dunblane to Crieff

                 Bus 15 – Perth to Crieff             

 For those who wish to travel by our pre-arranged coach (Park’s of Hamilton), this will pick you up near Perth Train Station at 1.30pm on Tuesday 4th June. There is a bus stop just outside the car park on Leonard Street, a 2-minute walk from the Train station.

If you want to cancel your space on the bus or you are running late on Tuesday 4th, please contact: tanushree.mehta@glasgow.ac.uk 

 The return coach will pick up from Crieff Hydro on Thursday 6th June at 1.30pm and drop off at Perth Train station. 

Dress code

 The dress code for the conference is casual.  Tuesday evening is a BBQ if the weather is nice.  Wednesday evening is a more formal dinner if you would like to bring something smarter to change into.  A rain jacket is advisable and suitable outdoor clothing to take part in the teambuilding activities.

Photography and videography

There will be a photographer and filming company onsite during the duration of the conference.  These images and footage will be used to promote our activity in QuantIC marketing material.  If you don't wish to appear in these, please contact: louise.mitchell@glasgow.ac.uk 

Social activities

We have booked exclusive use of Action Glen at Crieff Hydro for our outdoor activities on the afternoon of Wednesday 5th June. Full details at https://www.actionglen.co.uk/

 You will be able participate in the following activities:

  • Archery
  • Air rifles
  • Axe throwing
  • Escape room
  • Alpaca trekking
  • Quad biking
  • EZ raiders
  • Pinsgarra tour through the quarry
  • Aloft!

We kindly ask that each participant completes the digital disclaimer prior to taking part in activities. https://ag.hydrohub.me/


All Universities will have their own travel policy.  University of Glasgow staff have all been registered on the TRICAP system but if you are travelling from another institution, please check your own policies. 


We have confirmed that there is lift access to all floors and bedrooms and accessible toilets are available adjacent to the meeting room.  

There are no non-gendered toilets adjacent to the meeting room though participants will all have access to private bathrooms in their bedrooms. 

A caring fund is available for all attendees. If you would like more information please contact Kirsty.annand@glasgow.ac.uk  

Please contact Kirsty.annand@glasgow.ac.uk if you have any further questions on EDI and the EDI impact assessment. 

Contact numbers

Should you have any issues getting to, or during the conference you can message: 

  • Louise Mitchell 07989473858
  • Kirsty Annand 07817330712

One of us will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.