What will it take for Europe to stay at the forefront of the second quantum revolution? A round table event was convened on 13 October 2015 by Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, with the participation of Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, and it was followed by a stakeholder meeting. Those were the opportunity to discuss industrial interest, the way forward to bridge from excellent quantum technology research to future commercial exploitation, and a potential European strategy for investment in quantum technologies.

picture of the round table discussion

The report describes the discussions that took place in the industry round table, and in the stakeholder meeting ‘Bridging from excellent research to innovation’. It highlights several elements of a European strategy that have been identified:

  1. Reinforce scientific and industrial leadership, as research and its application is as indispensable for innovation like light is for painting.
  2. Coordinate investments, both at the National and European level through strategic platforms and documents. In particular, current joint programming instruments such as the ERA-NET scheme should be used to encourage all Member States to participate through public-public and public-private partnerships.
  3. Create a favorable European innovation ecosystem, in order to facilitate the transfer of basic research findings into real life market applications.
  4. Establish leading engineering capability attractive to industry and investments.
  5. Encourage standardization for the most mature quantum technologies, such as quantum key distribution. At the same time, national metrological institutes should collaborate in developing quantum-based standards and certifications.

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