IQST: A Decade of Quantum Advance­ments — Past, Present, and Future

IQST: A Decade of Quantum Advance­ments — Past, Present, and Future

IQST is celeb­rat­ing its 10th anniversary, and we are marking this milestone with a special symposium “IQST: A Decade of Quantum Advance­ments — Past, Present, and Future”.

The symposium will take place at Haus der Wirtschaft (add addrss) from Febru­ary 12th to 14th, 2024. The symposium features plenary talks by Ivette Fuentes (Univer­sity of Southamp­ton), Mutsuko Hatano (Tokyo Tech), Pascale Senel­lart (Univer­sity Paris Saclay), Michelle Simmons (Univer­sity of New South Wales), Andreas Wallraff (ETH Zurich), and Gregor Weihs (Univer­sity of Innsbruck) , together with excit­ing scientific talks from our own IQST community and inspir­a­tional present­a­tions by start-ups. 

Estab­lished in 2014, IQST was one of the first inter­na­tional initi­at­ives for quantum techno­lo­gies and recog­nised early on how all aspects from funda­mental quantum physics to engin­eer­ing sciences and applic­a­tions must be considered holist­ic­ally. This is as relev­ant today as it was then. 

Programme of the symposium: 

Regis­tra­tion is closed: If you would like to take part and have not yet registered, please send an email to

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Four IQST Fellows among the world’s most highly cited researchers

Four IQST Fellows among the world’s most highly cited researchers

Each year the analyt­ics company Clariv­ate publishes its list of the most highly cited research­ers world­wide, based on qualit­at­ive analysis of published research and expert judgement.

As in previ­ous years, quantum research and IQST — Center for Integ­rated Quantum Science and Techno­logy research­ers in partic­u­lar are well repres­en­ted in this list, with four IQST Fellows being named Highly Cited Research­ers in 2023: 

  • Fedor Jelezko (Ulm Univer­sity,
  • Martin B Plenio (Ulm Univer­sity),
  • Michael Saliba (Univer­sity of Stutt­gart & Forschung­szen­trum Jülich),
  • Jörg Wrachtrup (Univer­sity of Stutt­gart).

The list with the Highly Cited Research­ers 2023 can be found under

#WeQuantum at Quantum Effects

#WeQuantum at Quantum Effects

We had the pleas­ure and privilege of showcas­ing our activ­it­ies and sharing our passion for quantum science and techno­logy at the Quantum Effects exhib­i­tion and confer­ence in Stuttgart

Last week, the first Quantum Effects exhib­i­tion and confer­ence was held at Messe Stutt­gart. The aim was to provide an arena to showcase the poten­tial of application-oriented quantum techno­lo­gies and to foster exchange. For IQST, it was a highly success­ful event, provid­ing a unique oppor­tun­ity to reach out to a wide audience and to share our vision of how innov­at­ive techno­lo­gies emerge from funda­mental quantum physics.

Promin­ent guests at the IQST Quantum Effects booth

We were delighted that so many people stopped by, inter­ac­ted with our exhib­its — from a virtual lab tour to hands-on quantum-optics exper­i­ments to real quantum devices — and asked questions. And we were partic­u­larly pleased that so many young visit­ors, includ­ing school classes, came to take with us a dive into the quantum world.

We were happy to meet and inter­act with many visit­ors to the IQST booth, which was part of the joint stand of the QuantumBW network. Among those who came to visit were several promin­ent guest, includ­ing Winfried Kretschmann, Minister-President of the State of Baden-Württemberg, and Petra Olschow­ski, Baden-Württemberg Minis­ter for Science, Research and the Arts, as well as high-ranking industry repres­ent­at­ives — all of whom showed great interest in the exhib­its and the quantum techno­logy behind them.

Lots of action at our Quantum Effects stand

On display was also the strength of the quantum community in Baden–Württemberg. We shared a stand with many of our colleagues, collab­or­at­ors and friends across the QuantumBW network. Count­less helping hands made the event a success, from planning how to share our passion for quantum science and techno­logy with others, to setting up the stand, to guiding our visit­ors through the exhibits. 

Among the most popular features on the IQST booth at last week’s Quantum Effects exhib­i­tion and confer­ence in Stutt­gart was our Photo Box. Many visit­ors took the oppor­tun­ity to get entangled with Alice, Bob and Schrödinger’s cat — in one state or another, or both — and to take a print home as a souvenir.

The team spirit was also evident at the Network­ing Night after the first day of the event, which provided a welcome oppor­tun­ity to network in a relaxed atmosphere — and to exchange ideas for the next Quantum Effects fair and confer­ence, which will take place on 8 and 9 October 2024, again in Stuttgart. 

We hope to see you all there! 

Photo credits

IQST: Dimitra Kanta and Shreya Kumar 

Fraunhofer Insti­tute for Indus­trial Engin­eer­ing IAO: Ludmilla Parsyak 

and Landesmesse Stutt­gart GmbH

Virtual-Reality lab-tour shooting

Virtual-Reality lab-tour shooting

Visit Quantum Effects and take a virtual tour of our labs

Over August we filmed in the labs of Stefanie Barz, Sebastian Loth and Sungkun Hong at the Univer­sity of Stutt­gart, Fedor Jelezko at Ulm Univer­sity, and Aparajita Singha at the Max-Planck Insti­tute for Solid State Research, Stutt­gart, Germany. The labs were scanned every 1.5 metres using a camera that rotates 360° and takes 60 images per rotation. Now, when visit­ors put on their VR goggles, they can navig­ate almost seamlessly through the labs.

Curious? Come and see us at Quantum Effects. And for those who cannot make it, the tour will later be avail­able on our website,

IQST takes part in Quantum Effects exhibition

IQST takes part in Quantum Effects exhibition

Save the date (and get your ticket) – Quantum Effects exhib­i­tion and confer­ence for quantum techno­lo­gies, Stutt­gart, 10–11 October 2023

In three weeks, Quantum Effects will take place in Stutt­gart, Germany. The trade fair and confer­ence promotes application-oriented quantum techno­lo­gies. Its vision is to contrib­ute to the design and devel­op­ment of a compre­hens­ive European ecosys­tem for quantum techno­lo­gies in close cooper­a­tion with industry, science, polit­ics and the relev­ant networks and investors.

Natur­ally, the IQST — Center for Integ­rated Quantum Science and Techno­logy will be part of the event as well. One of the attrac­tions will be various hands-on exper­i­ments. These will provide an oppor­tun­ity to explore key concepts of quantum physics and quantum integ­ra­tion, and their applic­a­tions in quantum sensors and quantum computers, as well as to gain insight into how we plan to promote a ‘quantum-ready society’ through outreach and commu­nic­a­tion, train­ing of the quantum workforce, and promo­tion of innov­a­tion and techno­logy transfer.