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The Quantum Flagship officially presents the Strategic Research Agenda to the European Commission

Published on March 3rd, 2020

During an official ceremony held today, the Quantum Flagship members of the Strategic Advisory Board officially presented the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) document to the European Commission.
The SRA document provides a thorough review on the vision and goals for the Quantum Flagship in quantum technologies research, innovation and development, giving insights and expected achievements of the initiative in the short, mid and long-term future.  

Brussels, March 3, 2020: Today has signified a very important day for members of the Quantum Flagship initiative and the Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) as well as for the representatives of the European Commission. During the SAB consortium meeting held in Brussels today, members of the SAB of the Quantum Flagship initiative have gathered to deliver to the European Commission one of its milestone reports on the strategic future of Quantum Technologies in Europe.

As chair of the Strategic Advisory Board (SAB), a body belonging to the Quantum Flagship, Prof. Jürgen Mlynek handed the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) to Dr. Roberto Viola, Director – General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology of the European Commission (DG CONNECT). This document compiles and sets the ambitious nevertheless achievable goals for the Quantum Flagship in quantum technologies research, innovation and development, and gives insights and details about these expected achievements set for the next three years, with an outlook for six to ten years.

In receiving the document, Dr. Roberto Viola, Director General of DGCONNECT has stated that “Quantum is a highly strategic area for Europe. We must master it, both to deliver life-changing benefits for our citizens in fields like health, energy and cybersecurity, and to secure our technological sovereignty in a competitive field. The Quantum Flagship’s Strategic Research Agenda will be crucial to shaping European quantum researchers’ work in the next few years, and it will also inform the wide-ranging European strategy in quantum technologies that the Commission is currently preparing”.

In addition, Prof. Mlynek has highlighted that “the presentation of this key document to the European Commission signifies a great achievement for the entire quantum community. Its completion has been possible thanks to the effort of more than 2000 quantum experts across Europe who have been consulted in an open and transparent process over the last 18 months to put together a document that represents the research and innovation that is taking place in Europe in this field”.

The Strategic Research Agenda

The SRA document includes the research, innovation, achievements and expected goals established for the near, mid and long-term future around four major applied areas in the field: Communication, Computing, Simulation, as well as Sensing and Metrology. In addition, these application domains are anchored on a common basis of Basic Science, a domain that aims to support the applied areas mentioned before with novel ideas, tools, methods and processes. All these are additionally supported by cross-cutting areas covering: Engineering and Control, Software and Theory, Education and Training and further complemented by overarching activities in Innovation and International Cooperation as well as Gender Equality.

The Strategic Advisory Board

The SAB was established by the European Commission as a supervising entity that provides advice for strategic decision-making for the Quantum Technology Flagship, with a long-term impact across the whole initiative. Its main mission is to set the overall future goals that the Flagship would like to achieve, establish key performance indicators, set and determine benchmarks for international cooperation, assess how the involvement of the private sector and the start-ups should occur and advice on standardization and regulation, among others.

Link to the SRA document

Caption: Prof. Jürgen Mlynek, chair of the Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) and its members hand over the SRA document to Dr. Roberto Viola, Director – General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology of the European Commission (DG CONNECT) and members of the European Commission. 

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