Michael Brooks – Keynote Speaker

A scientific approach to creative innovation

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Specialist Subjects

  • Quantum computing
  • Cryptography and security
  • How scientists innovate
  • Future of Education
  • How to win a Nobel Prize


  • English


Michael Brooks is an expert on the science of innovation.

He writes a weekly column for the New Statesman and is a consultant editor at New Scientist magazine. 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.

Brooks has wide-ranging experience in stimulating innovation and plays advisory roles in a variety of contexts, including at New Scientist magazine, the Waterloo Global Science Initiative in Ontario, Canada, and the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore.

Dr Michael Brooks, who holds a PhD in quantum physics, is a science communicator specialising in quantum computing. As part of the team that helped the European Union to start funding quantum computing research more than three decades ago, Brooks has one of Europe’s most experienced insider views on the field’s progress and potential. He has written extensively on the subject for Nature, New Scientist, Protocol and others, and is a world-leader in explaining the complexities and implications of quantum computing for audiences of all levels.

He has lectured at New York University (to the Masters in Science Journalism students), the American Museum of Natural History, Cambridge University, the Institute of Education, Kansas State University and the Singapore Science Centre. He has given invited TEDx talks and carried out science journalism training for the British Council.

His writing has appeared in most UK national newspapers including The Times, Mail on Sunday and The Guardian. He has a hands-on approach to his craft: he was the first person to be taken down by a taser gun in the UK.

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