An open-access special issue of Entropy journal titled “Emergent Quantum Mechanics – David Bohm Centennial Perspectives” will be published containing original speaker contributions (see also the section BOOK PUBLICATION). Previous speaker contributions to EmQM15 have been published in Journal of Physics: Conf. Ser. Vol. 701 (2016).


University of London | Senate House | Beveridge Hall

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS (Confirmed so far)

Yakir Aharonov (Tel Aviv) | Basil Hiley (London) | Matt Leifer (Orange) | Huw Price (Cambridge) | Aephraim Steinberg (Toronto)

INVITED SPEAKERS (Confirmed so far)

Emily Adlam (Cambridge) | Anthony Aguirre (Santa Cruz) | Peter Barker (London) | Herman Batelaan (Lincoln) | Maurice De Gosson (Vienna) | Thomas Elze (Pisa) | Thomas Filk (Stuttgart) | Robert Flack (London) | Shan Gao (Beijing) | Nicolas Gisin (Geneva) | Gerhard Grössing (Vienna) | Bei-lok Hu (College Park) | Andrei Khrennikov (Växjö) | Chuan-Feng Li (Hefei) | Alyssa Ney (Davis) | Paavo Pylkkänen (Helsinki) | William Seager (Toronto) | Nikolaus von Stillfried (Berlin) | Jeff Tollaksen (Orange) | Jan Walleczek (Berlin) | Kenneth Wharton (San Jose) | Howard Wiseman (Brisbane)


Jan Walleczek (Berlin) | Gerhard Grössing (Vienna) | Paavo Pylkkänen (Helsinki)


The symposium will explore the possibility of an ontology for quantum mechanics. The resurgence of interest in realist approaches to quantum mechanics, including deterministic and indeterministic ones, challenges the standard textbook view. In this effort, the symposium will direct focus towards the following questions:

● Are quantum ontologies possible or impossible in view of relativity theory? How to avoid the possibility of causal or information paradoxes? How to interpret the non-signalling theorem?

● Is the universe local or nonlocal? What is the nature of the connection between two distant measurement observations that manifest EPR-type nonlocal correlations?

● Are nonlocal connections – e.g., “action-at-a-distance” – merely a mathematical construct as in the orthodox view, or are they nonlocal causal elements in a radically new conception of reality, e.g., “quantum causality”?

● Does ontological quantum theory call for a new understanding of temporal relations at the quantum level, including temporally indefinite, time-symmetric, or retro-causal effects from the future?

● What new experiments might yield breakthroughs towards answering the question of whether or not ontological approaches to quantum mechanics could ever be validated?

● What is the role of the experimenter agent/scientific observer in realist quantum mechanics? Do free will and consciousness matter? What is the role of agency, e.g., the ability to access and control informational events?

● What is the future of scientific explanation? Is scientific metaphysics, e.g., the notions of causality, reality, and physical influence, obsolete in mathematical or informational accounts of the quantum world?

● Why quantum emergence? What distinguishes weak emergence, e.g., supervenience, from strong emergence? What is the ontological status of epistemically-inaccessible quantum states?

● What is David Bohm’s legacy for the future of quantum physics? What is his contribution to philosophy and to scientific views of reality characterized by monism and a relational ontology?

On the occasion of David Bohm’s 100th birthday, these and related questions will be addressed in search of a possible “deeper-level theory” for quantum mechanics that interconnects three fields of knowledge: emergence, the quantum, and information. The symposium will offer an open forum for critically evaluating the prospects and significance – for 21st century physics – of ontological quantum mechanics, an approach which David Bohm helped pioneer. Contributions will be invited that present current advances in both standard as well as realist approaches to quantum mechanics, including new experiments, work in quantum foundations, and quantum philosophy.


University of London-Senate House-Beveridge Hall The symposium convenes in Beveridge Hall at Senate House of the University of London.

Senate House is located right next to Birkbeck College where David Bohm worked for several decades starting in the 1960s. 25 years ago to the day, at the time of the EmQM17 Symposium, David Bohm died on October 27, 1992.


MacMillan Hall-Senate House
Lunch will be served daily at MacMillan Hall at Senate House where poster sessions will also be held during all three days of the symposium. Lunch will be free for all registered symposium attendees, including registered participants, poster presenters, invited speakers, and special guests.


Hall of Middle Temple

A gala dinner will be held after the conclusion of the symposium on the evening of October 28, 2017. Dinner will be served in the Hall of Middle Temple which is one of the finest examples of an Elizabethan hall in the country with a double hammer beam roof carved from the oak of Windsor Forest and an elaborately carved screen made in 1574. Attendance of the gala dinner is by invitation only and requires the presentation of a special ticket.