- 1 Conference Proceedings
- 2 Home
- 3 Scope
- 4 Scientific and Steering Committee of iqt-2018
- 5 Dates to Observe
- 6 Topics
- 7 Program
- 8 Registration
- 9 Oral Presenters
- 10 Meeting Proceedings
- 11 Article Withdrawal
- 12 Meeting Venue and Information
- 12.1 The Venue
- 12.2 Registration/Conference Office
- 12.3 Coffee Breaks and Lunches
- 12.4 Afternoon and Evening Recomendations
- 12.5 Internet Access
- 12.6 Information for Speakers
- 12.7 Transport Information
- 13 Accompanying Person Program
- 14 How to Conduct a Panel Discussion
The panel debates at VVoIP_Physics_Debates  provide critical reviews of the current state of physics. They evaluate existing work, place it in a meaningful context, and suggest areas where more work and new results are needed. The panel debates also offer annotated insights into the key literature, describe other available resources and new unpublished results. The VVoIP_Physics_Debates is unique in maintaining a suite of high-quality panel debates, which are kept up-to-date by the panelists.
The VVoIP_Physics_Debates  is a forum for the debate of leading scientists about what they believe but not necessarily can prove it (not yet). The basic modus operandi behind the VVoIP_Physics_Debates is to gather a hundred (or so) of the most brilliant minds in the world in "internet room", "lock them in", and have them ask each other the questions they were asking themselves.
VVoIP_Physics_Debate on Interpretations of Quantum Theory - Lecturies
- Gerard 't Hooft - The Celluar Automaton Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics 
- Franz K. Jansen - Quantum Mechanics Requires an Observer Context Distinguishing Between Reality and its Mental Representation 
- Hervé Zwirn - The Measurement Problem: Decoherence and Convivial Solipsism 
- William Sulis - A Process Algebra Model of QED 
- Bob Street - Proposed Physical Mechanism for Quantum Mechanical Properties 
- Jiří Souček - A Hybrid-epistemic Model for Quantum Mechanics 
Dear Fellow Researchers, while wishing you interesting Interpretations of Quantum Theory - 2018 - Open Panel Discussion Conference. The Conference is scheduled for December 6th through 9th, 2018. It will take place at the Warsaw University in Warsaw, Poland. We describe below all pertinent information. However, do not hesitate to ask our stewards and/or supporting organizational staff.
Kind regards, Organizational Committees.
The iqt-2018.eu is a forum for the debate of leading scientists about what they believe but not necessarily can prove it (not yet). The basic modus operandi behind the iqt-2018.eu is to gather a hundred (or so) of the most brilliant minds in the world in a room, lock them in, and have them ask each other the questions they were asking themselves.
The meeting will be focused on being an international panel discussion form for the presentation and discussion of frontier research in Interpretations of Quantum Theory. We are looking for excellence and scientific leadership. The leadership starts in the mind, where ideas precede actions. We aspire to formulate leap forward questions, a big questions programme, rather than communicating transient findings.
Scientific and Steering Committee of iqt-2018
Since we will have a panel discussion during the iqt-2018 conference and since we welcome all QT interpretations after completing a tentative list of participants we will review it and propose to the several participants to become panelists and "defend (promote)" a given QT Interpretation. Thus we will ensure the discussion in the open context. The final list of panelist with assigned QT interpretation will be published at this site at least a month before the iqt-2018.eu conference.
The participants are encouraged (ask) to consult the entry How to Conduct a Panel Discussion.[]
Panel and Organizing Committee
- Dr. Matteo Ferensby
- Dr. Stephan Reed
- Villa Europa Organizational Support (stewards, catering, social events, transportation, etc.).
Dates to Observe
1. Early September 2018 conference announcement.
2. November 8th, 2018 - Conference fee deadline payment.
3. December 1st, 2018 - Accomodation confirmation
4. December 1st, 2018 - Final Confirmation of flights and conference panel program.
5. December 6th, 2018 - participants arrive and stewards transfer participants to the hotel (free service).
6. December 6th through 9th, 2018 - The Meeting - Library Conference Room - Warsaw University.
7. Post Meeting Actions
8. December 9th, 2018 - stewards transfer participants to the airport.
9. January 15th, 2019 - publication of video recorded panel discussions and materials.
The entire meeting will take a form of the PANEL DISCUSION and will concern interpretations of quantum theory.
An interpretation of quantum mechanics is an attempt to explain how concepts in quantum mechanics correspond to reality. Although quantum mechanics has held up to rigorous and thorough experimental testing, many of these experiments are open to different interpretations. There exist a number of contending schools of thought, different over whether quantum mechanics can be understood to be deterministic, which elements of quantum mechanics can be considered "real", and other matters.
|Interpretations of Quantum Theory - 2018 - Scientific Program|
|Thursday, December 6th, 2018 - Opening Session|
|17:00 - 19:00||Participants Registration/Information Desk at Foyer|
|19:00 - 19:15||Welcome Address|
|19:15 - 20.00||Review Lecture - Quantum Theory Interpretations - Overview|
|20:00 - 22:00||Reception, Launch and Music Concert at [to be announced]|
|Friday, December 7th, 2018 - First Meeting Day|
|09:00 - 12:00||Panel 1||IQT|
|13:30 - ∞||Panel 2||IQT|
|Suterday, December 8th, 2018 - Second Meeting Day|
|09:00 - 12:00||Panel 3||IQT|
|13:30 - ∞||Panel 4||IQT|
The easiest way to register is to forward an e-mail with your name to the address:
We will take care of all issues.
\Registration is required for all conference participants preferably until November 1st, 2018. It is recommended to make the registration online by forwarding to e-mail address:
the following a customary information:
- Your full name,
- Institution address (for invoicing including VAT number, only EU participants),
- Phone number (mobile),
- and if required a request for an invitation letter to apply for Schengen Area Visa.
We comply with the Europen Union law GDPR (The General Data Protection Regulation - 25 May 2018).
Confirmation will be sent to all participants by the organizers upon receipt of registration and payment.
Registration Fee (VAT excluded):
€0 (students, no registration required and valid student ID card will suffice)
€300 (least developed countries)*
€495 (junior researchers, postdocs & Ph.D. students)
€595 (senior researchers).
All the late payments as described above, it is the payments after received after November 1st, 2018 will be a subject of surcharge at the rate of 43% (net). The payments received after November 25th, 2018 will be a subject of surcharge at the rate 100% (net).
Let us know if you prefer to use www.PayPal.comservice.
Terms and conditions of participation
Advanced registration is a condition of participation in the conference. During the registration, you should accept the terms and conditions of participation as well as the terms of cancellation written on this website. The registration fee/accompanying person’s registration fee includes entertainment allowances, such as catering services, reception etc.
Cancellation policy of registration
All the cancellations and changes must be sent to the organizer in written form. All refunds will be processed after the conference. Please send your exact bank account details in the written cancellation.
Refund of the registration fee will be made as follows:
100% refund (minus an administrative fee of €67.23) – in case of cancellation received before an October 28th, 2018.
No refund – in case of cancellation, received after October 28th, 2018.
All payments should be made in €. All charges due to bank transfers have to be paid by the sender. Let us know (email@example.com) if you require a proforma invoice before payment. In all remaining cases, we will forward an invoice right after the payment will be received.
Bank transfer (in €) has to be made to:
- Bank Name: Santander Bank Polska
- Street: Aleja Jana Pawła II 17
- City: 00-854 Warszawa
- Country: Poland, European Union
- SWIFT CODE: WBKPPLPP
- Account #: IBAN PL23799999950652418805040001
- Account Holder Name: KS/Villa Europa
We would also accept the payments via www.PayPal.com service. Let us know and we will forward payment request via PayPal site.
(Just in the case)
Your Presentation on the Day
If you have prepared some slides to accompany your talk please ensure you bring these with you on a USB or portable file saving device.
For those presenting on the first day, please email your slides to us so we can have everything prepared and ready for the first session. Please email your slides to firstname.lastname@example.org
On the day of your presentation please make yourself known to the AV team who will be available in the conference room. If you have any animations or videos we do advise to run through the presentation with the AV tech to make sure everything is compatible. We also advise that all speakers make themselves known to the AV tech in the conference room immediately before your session beings. The AV tech will apply your microphone and provide a laser pointer should you have an accompanying presentation. We prefer speakers to use our master laptop to run presentations from, however, if you prefer to use your own laptop, please notify us in advance.
It is important that all speakers adhere to their presentation time and respect their fellow presenters. A visual traffic light aide will be available to warn presenters and the audience as your time decreases.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to approach our AV tech or a member of the Villa Europa team.
Helpful Tips for Presentation Slides
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 in Presenter View, Landscape in Orientation Font Size: Minimum font size used should be 24pt. File Type: Please save your presentation in PPT or PPTS format. Video Clips: Please save these separately and do not build them into the PowerPoint. Videos will be played via the AV control desk using the master laptop.
A panel (Panel 1, 2, 3, and 4) discussion during the iqt-2018 video and sound recorded. The edited recordings will be posted at the conference site.
In the case of an article withdrawal requests, we follow general policies adopted by Elsevier publisher.
Meeting Venue and Information
Warsaw Old Town (10 minutes walk from meeting rooms.)
The Old Town is a bustling tourism hub, with cobblestone alleys and medieval buildings reconstructed after WWII. At its heart is Rynek Starego Miasta, a busy square lined with burgher houses and upscale Polish eateries. Nearby, St. John's Archcathedral dates back to the 14th century and hosts summer concerts. The area is also home to the restored apartments and manicured gardens of the Royal Castle.
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The conference iqt-2018 will be held on the main campus of the University of Warsaw, Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28, in the Old Library building (Collegium Novum). After entering the main gate to the campus you will see the building in front of you.
After your registration and after selecting your accommodation we will provide a map how to get to the meeting room. The GPS coordinates of the Old Library building are:
An update (actualization) will be forwardrd to the participants on December 1st, 2018 via update. Early registration will be possible on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Old Library. After 8 PM we will go leisurely for dinner to the Old Town of Warsaw. All are welcome to join us. The Registration Desk/Conference Office will be located in the main (ground floor) lobby on Thursday through Saturday. It will be open 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM on Thursday and 8:00 AM – 7 PM on the other conference days. Please do not hesitate to approach the Organizers or the Conference Office in case of any questions/problems you may have.
Coffee Breaks and Lunches
Coffee, tea, and pastries will be available in the lobby of the Warsaw University Library during the conference days. The lunch break is always between 12:00 PM – 13:30 PM. Within a walking distance (5 through 15 minutes) from the University Library, one can find many restaurants serving Polish and international cuisine. We would recommend the following, but no worries go as you wish and you will be served at its best. All places have English menu and the waiters are multilingual and usually the nearby university students. All credit cards are customary accepted.
- Trattoira Rucola - Italian Restaurant  | GPS 52.246018, 21.013076 | 15 minutes walk.
- Cafe Bristol - European Snack Cusine  | GPS 52.242164, 21.016257 | 10 minutes walk
- Bistro de Paris - European Cusine  | GPS 52.243083, 21.011813 | 15 minutes walk
- Restuauracja Kultura - European Cusine | GPS 52.243414, 21.014264 | 10 minutes walk
- Bubbles - European Cusine  | GPS 52.243083, 21.011813 | 15 minutes walk
or by exiting the UW campus stroll along the street to find a place to eat at every 100 meters.
Afternoon and Evening Recomendations
The UW is in the downtown of Warsaw and thus all major attractions are there. You will find in the conference bag all pertinent information supplied by Warsaw tourist board.
No safety issues are present. Walk at your will, anywhere and at any time. You are in a safe place and surrounded by friendly people.
The conference venue has a wireless access to the internet. In order to connect, choose the network named buw and type the password ****** will be given to you by the organizer.
In addition, stationary computers with internet connections for conference participants are located on the second floor in the Library. No username/password are required.
Information for Speakers
All library conference rooms are equipped with computer projectors, overhead (foil) projectors and (usually small) white- or blackboards. It is strongly recommended to use computer projectors for your talks as the main medium.
Upon your arrival look for conference assistant at the AirPort exit with the sign IQT-2018. He/she will direct you to an already paid Taxi service to drive you to the hotel according to your booking. So no worries, just enjoy the ride.
Warsaw has an extensive bus and tram system criss-crossing the city as well as a good metro system running from north to south and a second line that opened in March 2015 running east to west. Over 1,500 buses operate in and around the city, and most run from between 05:00 and 23:00. After that night buses run on most routes twice every hour. All night buses display the letter N, followed by a two-digit number.
(all valid for use on metro, bus, and tram) can be bought from some kiosks bearing the green and yellow RUCH logo, or anywhere with a sign reading Bilety. There are now also a series of ticket machines with instructions in English dotted around the city, and English translations are printed on tickets. A standard public transport single ticket costs 4.40zł., about €1 or $1.25.
Just hire a taxi in the usual way.
Rent a Car
Rent a Car offices, are located in the public arrival hall and mezzanine level of Terminal of the Warsaw Airport. 
Suggested Hotels (to be added)
Booking on your Own (to be added)
No, special issues are present. All medical services in Poland are free. For no-EU citizens, extra health insurance will do. However, no worries, if needed you will receive all the services before one will ask you for papers. For emergencies dial pan-European number 112.
May in Poland is generally regarded sunny and quite hot, but be prepared for varying weather. The average temperature in December is about 0°C/30°F (we could have snow).
Check the local weather forecast for the next couple of days.
Accompanying Person Program
We are welcome to the meeting participants who are accompanying persons. These may include:
1. Research Associates who will participate in iqt-2018 meeting as observes and will receive the 25% discount,
2. Privet accompanying persons who will enjoy the social program at the rate and agenda depending upon the number of participants.
3. In both cases, interested persons should contact Stephan Reed at email@example.com
How to Conduct a Panel Discussion
Panel discussions at iqt-2018 are a useful way to trigger an exchange of viewpoints among experts, either with prepared statements or in response to questions from the audience (interlocutors). Because they involve on-the-spot interaction, they are more difficult to prepare for than presentations. Because they may involve divergence of viewpoints and possibly competition for speaking time, they are also more difficult to manage than the normal questions at the end of a presentation. For the same reasons, they are more challenging to moderate than a regular conference session.
Panels are teams. Whether or not panelists agree on all issues, they can and should work together to create an interesting discussion for the audience. If you are a panelist, play the part — prepare well and participate well. If you are the moderator, direct your team well, from the beginning of the session to the end.
Preparing for the panel.
Panels can take many forms. When invited to be on a panel, ask about the format. What exactly will the discussion be about? Are you supposed to deliver a prepared statement to open the discussion, or are you only supposed to answer questions? Will someone introduce you, or are you supposed to introduce yourself? Who will be asking the questions: the audience, the moderator, or the other panel participants? Are some of the questions known in advance? Will the moderator designate who on the panel should answer a given question, or can any panel member offer a response? Most importantly, who are the other panelists? The answers to these questions will help you prepare appropriately.
As for a presentation, when preparing for a panel discussion, you can imagine the questions you will likely receive and be ready to answer them. Unlike for a presentation, however, you will be next to other people who may answer the same questions in different ways. Gathering your thoughts on the topic is, therefore, not enough: You should also research the other panelists' positions if you want to be ready for discussion.
Even if you cannot prepare an answer for every possible question, you can anticipate categories of questions and prepare, for each category, a few messages you would like to get across. As you select these messages, think of how you can convince your audience of them, such as by using evidence or examples. Because panel discussions are more like conversations, they lend themselves well to a slightly less formal tone than presentations. In particular, they are a good place for supporting messages with short but relevant stories (successes, failures, lessons learned, and so on).
Finally, even if you anticipate divergences of viewpoint, remember that a panel discussion is not a contest: You should work constructively with the other panelists to deliver an interesting experience to the audience. Try to meet the other panelists ahead of time so you can learn who is who, have a feel for who each panelist is, and build rapport. Even a brief chat just before the session will reduce your stage fright and help ensure a smoother discussion.
Participating in the discussion.
During the discussion itself, follow the moderator's instructions. As a rule, speak only when invited to, but feel free to give signals to the moderator when you would like to contribute to the discussion. When you are speaking, keep it short: A panel discussion is about exchanges, not monologues. Make explicit links to what other panelists have said whenever you add to or disagree with their contributions. When you are not speaking, listen attentively to what others are saying: Make written or mental notes. As much as possible, be a member of the team: Strive to advance the discussion, not your own interests. If the moderator allows, feel free to hand over to another panelist at the end of a contribution, such as by saying "This is our usual approach at our institution, but I would be interested to hear about Dr. Brook's experience with this issue."
Panel discussions are not exams. If you do not know the answer to a question, dare to say so; do not ramble on or attempt to answer another question instead. Similarly, if you believe someone else on the panel is more qualified than you are to answer a particular question, say so, although prudently (for example, "I have never looked at this phenomenon myself, but perhaps Dr. Yu has?"). As with all oral communication, work on eye contact. When speaking (and only when speaking), look at the audience — though perhaps briefly at other panelists when referring to what they said or when handing over to them. When not speaking, look at whoever is speaking. In this way, if attendees look at you, they will follow your gaze to whatever panelist is speaking, and that person will then benefit from their eye contact.
Moderating the discussion.
Moderating a panel discussion is much harder than being a panelist or even chairing a regular conference session. In addition to all the tasks involved in being a chairperson, such as introducing the session and the speakers, you also must launch, moderate, and summarize the discussion.
To launch the discussion, ask the panelists simple questions — perhaps questions you told them in advance you were going to ask. Limit the number of prepared questions, however: These usually trigger unconnected rehearsed answers from the panelists, not a true discussion. If the idea is to take questions from the attendees, encourage them to start asking early: The longer you alone ask questions, the harder it is for the attendees to gather the courage to ask some.
Once the discussion process is underway, facilitate it and encourage interaction. Designate who will answer a particular question ("John, would you like to answer this one?"). Encourage other panelists to comment on the first person's response ("Thanks, John. Barbara, do you share John's opinion?" or "Barbara, would you like to add anything to John's comment?"). As a rule, though, do not let panelists interrupt one another: Allow one panelist to finish his or her contribution before you designate or allow another panelist to react. Rephrase answers, especially diffuse ones ("So, if I understand correctly, you are saying that . . . "). Use these types of rephrased answers to launch follow-up questions ("In that case, then, wouldn't you agree that . . . ?"). If attendees are keen to ask many questions, guide them to keep the discussion focused ("Before we move to another aspect, any more questions related to . . . ?"); prevent them from interrupting panelists with follow-up questions, too. Feel free to take notes during the discussion. As always, manage the time ("Jean, do you have a two-minute answer to this one?").
At the end of the session, and perhaps at various points throughout it, summarize. Provide the audience with an integrated view of what has been said — one they can more easily remember than the detailed discussion. Point out the convergences and divergences of viewpoints while remaining neutral yourself. If possible, offer an overall conclusion from the discussion. If time allows, check your summary with the panelists ("Frauke, did I correctly render your viewpoint here?") and/or allow them a final statement ("Any last words, anyone? Pedro, what about you?").
As when chairing a session, insist on meeting panelists ahead of time to make sure everyone is clear on the process and to make final arrangements. Normally, you or another organizer will have sent the panelists guidelines well in advance, specifying what they must prepare (biographical information, answers to announced questions, etc.) and what the rules are (Can they use slides? If so, how many?, etc.). Still, go over the process again immediately before the session to avoid surprises. Make sure all panel members know who the other members are, who sits where, who speaks first, and so on. Test the equipment, especially the microphones — all of them. (adopted from https://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/panel-discussions-13909630)