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Quantum Technology training for policy makers

The Quantum Flagship is offering a series of training sessions about Quantum Technology (QT), addressing policymakers at EU and national levels. The training has been designed in collaboration with EC policymakers accounting for their interests and needs and will allow participants to:

  • gain the necessary knowledge to take informed decisions during the performance of their duties,
  • cooperate with peers from other countries,
  • and sustain a conversation on QT topics with experts.

The monthly series will consist of six dedicated online sessions, each 40 minutes long with a 20-minute presentation from experts and a 20-minute Q&A session. The sessions will be recorded and be made available on this page.

The topics will cover:

  • European QT Ecosystem and Roadmap (June 2023)
  • Efforts and investments in QT beyond the EU (July 2023)
  • Use Cases: Quantum Sensing & Metrology (September 2023)
  • Use cases: Quantum Communication (October 2023)
  • Use Cases: Quantum Computing (November 2023)
  • QT state-of-the-art and future use cases (December 2023)



Contacts persons:

Oxana Mishina (CNR-INO)
Costanza Toninelli (CNR-INO) 



First session: European Quantum Technology Ecosystem and Roadmap

with Tommaso Calarco
moderated by Lydia Sanmartí-Vila

1 June 2023
11:30 CECT - 12 :10 CEST



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A status report on the European Quantum Flagship and related initiatives (EuroQCI, Chips Act and EuroHPC Joint Undertaking) is followed by a discussion of the next stage of the community QT roadmap: the Strategic Research and Industry Agenda. 

The 2030 roadmaps for the four Quantum Technology pillars – quantum computing, quantum simulation, quantum communication, quantum sensing and metrology – as well as transversal issues such as workforce development and standardisation will be outlined, also discussing specific recommendations for the frameworks of the Chips Act and EuroHPC Joint Undertaking. Furthermore, the many synergies needed for ensuring the sustainability of the field will be analysed: theory and experiment; science and EC/National governments; academia and rising companies/startups.

About the speaker:

Prof. Dr. Tommaso Calarco has pioneered the application of quantum optimal control methods to quantum computation and to many-body quantum systems. Currently the Director of the Institute for Quantum Control of the Peter Grünberg Institute at Forschungszentrum Jülich and Professor of Quantum Information at the Institute of Theoretical Physics of the University of Cologne, Tommaso received his PhD at the University of Ferrara and started to work as a postdoc in the group of P. Zoller at the University of Innsbruck. He was appointed as a Senior Researcher at the BEC Centre in Trento in 2004 and as a Professor for Physics at the University of Ulm in 2007, where he then became Director of the Institute for Complex Quantum Systems and of the Centre for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology. He has authored in 2016 the Quantum Manifesto, which initiated the European Commission’s Quantum Flagship initiative, and is currently the Chairman of one of the Flagship’s Governing Bodies: The Quantum Community Network (QCN). In 2020, together with the QCN, he has launched an initiative towards the creation of a consortium of European quantum industries, which has been legally established in 2021 under the name of European Quantum Industry Consortium (QuIC).



About the moderator:

Dr. Lydia Sanmartí-Vila is the KTT Outreach Coordinator at ICFO. She is ECOP’s Executive Officer, where she coordinates the pursuit of new projects for ECOP to encourage collaboration among the centres. She manages ICFO’s international outreach activities in programs such as CARLA and the CSA of the Quantum Flagship as well as past projects such as GoPhoton!, LIGHT2015, PHABLABS 4.0. She is the creator of the LIGHTtalks events, which were replicated in over 20 countries in Europe between 2015 and 2017.

She leads the science and art program at ICFO and is active in activities around equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), chairing the Quantum Flagship’s working group as well as the Thematic Committee of the Quantum Coordination Board. Lydia has a degree in biochemistry from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a doctorate in neurobiology from the Otto von Guericke University in Germany, and has extensive international experience.