Quantum technologies are one of the most promising fields in science today. They have the potential to revolutionize our computing, communication, metrology or sensing technologies. As a result, they could considerably boost our growth and jobs and have therefore raised a strong interest at a political level over the last few months.
At this stage, European scientists are the frontrunners in the field of quantum technologies. It is therefore crucial to help them to stay ahead in this competition and to turn ground breaking science into new products and markets.
The time is mature to gather around the same table scientists, industries and policy-makers to better understand the recent progress of research, to see the perspectives opened by quantum technologies, and to examine the respective roles and responsibilities.
As the in-house science service of the Commission, the Joint Research Centre has recently begun to reinforce its capacities for foresight analysis. In this context, the present meeting is expected to enable a first hand-description of the state of the art in the field of quantum technologies.
After the opening session, Serge Haroche, Nobel Prize laureate 2012, will deliver a key note speech after which the discussions will be split into three consecutive sessions which will reflect the three main sectors in the emerging field of quantum technologies: quantum computers and simulators, quantum communication, and quantum metrology and sensing.
09:00 - 09:30 Registration and welcome coffee
09:30 - 10:00 Opening session
10:00 - 10:30 Keynote speech
10:30 - 10:40 The potential of quantum technologies from the US perspective
10:40 - 10:45 Scene setting – introduction to the sessions
10:45 - 11:30 Session 1: Quantum computers and simulators
Two important sub-areas will be explored in this session:
Moderator: Vladimir Šucha, Deputy Director-General, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
11:30 - 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 - 12:30 Session 2: Quantum communication
This is probably the commercially most advanced part in the field of quantum technologies, especially in the security area, in which medium range (a few hundreds of Km) quantum cryptographic systems are already available off the shelves and routinely deployed. New protocols should enable to extend the range of these systems and to guarantee the absolute security of all kinds of commercial transactions including the ones performed through the future (quantum) Internet. Work has also been initiated to develop new solutions in the field of smart grids and smart metering.
Moderator: Thierry Van der Pyl, Director for Excellence in Science, DG CNECT, European Commission
12:30 - 13:15 Session 3: Quantum metrology and sensing
New applications developed in this area could improve significantly the sensitivity and accuracy of devices:
Moderator: Daniel Calleja, Director-General, DG ENTR, European Commission
13:15 - 13:30 Conclusions
Date of conference: Thursday, 7 March 2013, 09.00 – 13.30
Venue: Walter Hallstein room, Berlaymont building, 1st floor, rue de la Loi, 200 - 1040 Bruxelles
Access to the building: For security reasons access to Berlaymont building will be controlled. Please bring your passport or identity card.
Welcome/Registration Desk: The Welcome desk will be open on 7 March 2013 from 09h00 to 13h00. The registration desk is located at entrance of the building.
Fees: There are no registration fees for this conference but you are required to register.
Travel and hotel accommodation: Participants must make their own arrangements for travel and hotel accommodation. The European Commission will not reimburse these expenses.
Information on accommodation in Brussels can be found on one of the following websites:
Lunch: On 7 March, the European Commission invites all participants to a working lunch at the venue.
For more information and registration, please contact: Petra Budavari – tel: +32 299 64987 – e-mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Scientific%20support%20to%20policy-making,%207/03/2013