Quantum Flagship event: "Exploring and Making Quantum Technology"

The Finnish Presidency–Quantum Flagship event will take place on 17th and 18th of October in Helsinki. The two day event will be dedicated to the Quantum Technology community, the Quantum Flagship as well as setting the Strategic Research Agenda, which will be presented and discussed among the community attending the event.

On July 1st 2019, and for the remaining of 2019, Finland took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. As part of its institutional and scientific agenda, on October 17-18th it will be hosting the Finnish Presidency-Quantum Flagship event entitled “Exploring and Making Quantum Technology”.

Organized by the Finnish Presidency, Aalto University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the Academy of Finland, and the Quantum Flagship, the two-day event will be centered on two main topics.

The first day will be focused on giving an overview of the present and future of the Quantum Technologies landscape and underlying infrastructures in the framework of pan-European initiatives such as the Quantum Flagship and national and regional initiatives such as the Quantum Technology Finland, among others. It will include keynote talks by representatives of the Ministry of Science and Culture of Finland, the European Commission, the Quantum Flagship as well as by technology and industry experts. The second part of the day will hold the signing ceremony of the Quantum Communication Infrastructure Declaration, the agreement between member states to foster, build and deploy a terrestrial and space quantum communications infrastructure for cybersecurity services over the entire European continent. A panel discussion centered on establishing an infrastructure for quantum technologies will close the session.

The second day will focus on the overall strategy of the Quantum Flagship, specifically on its Strategic Research Agenda, and related initiatives, inviting the community to actively participate and provide additional feedback to different aspects of the future goals. It will include a panel discussion on International Cooperation and community feedback sessions on different topics such as education, engineering and infrastructures.

To join the event, register yourself here:

Draft Agenda

October 17

Moderator: Tommaso Calarco, Chair, Quantum Flagship Community Network
Venue: Paasitorni

12:00 Welcome Lunch


13:00 Welcome by Finnish Presidency of the Council
Hanna Kosonen (tbc), Minister of Science and Culture

13:15 Progress in Quantum Technologies: What is the Future of Quantum technologies beyond the Flagship Initiative?
European Commission

13:45 The European Quantum Flagship: Where do we stand today?
Jürgen Mlynek, Chair, Quantum Flagship Strategic Advisory Board

Future of quantum technologies in Europe

14:10 Quantum Technology Finland: Exploring pathways to the Future
Jukka Pekola and Sabrina Maniscalco, Aalto University and University of Turku

14:30 Technology Keynote
Antti Vasara, President & CEO, Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)

14:50 Industry Keynote: Shaping the quantum future from Europe
Jan Goetz, CEO, IQM Finland

15:10 Aligning national, regional and European QT public policies
Sylwia Kostka, National Science Centre, Poland; QuantERA Programme Coordinator

15:20 Building a Quantum Communication Infrastructure for Europe
Member State Representatives
QCI Declaration: Signing Ceremony

16:00 Panel discussion: Establishing a European Infrastructure for Quantum Technologies; Moderator: Sabrina Maniscalco

17:15 Closing remarks

17:30 Transportations to Dipoli, from Paasitorni

18:00 Welcome reception at Dipoli (QT exhibition)
President, Aalto University (tbc)

October 18

Venue: Aalto University, Dipoli, Otakaari 24, Espoo

Implementing the European Quantum Flagship

09:00 Welcome

09:20 Setting the scene

09:30 Panel discussion: International Cooperation in Quantum Technology

10:50 Coffee break

11:20 Community Feedback Session on cross cutting topics I: Education
Chiara Macchiavello, University Di Pavia

12:40 The EPO support for innovation in Quantum Technologies
European Patent Office (EPO)

13:00 Lunch Break

14:30 Community Feedback Session on cross cutting topics II: Engineering
Rogier Verberk, TNO

15:50 Community Feedback Session Crosscutting topics III: Infrastructures

17:10 Closing remarks

17:30 End