The Future is Quantum
The importance and the enormous potential of quantum technology for the European economy and society has recently been emphasized in the Quantum Manifesto. The Manifesto was officially released on 17-18 May 2016 at the Quantum Europe Conference in Amsterdam. A European team of leading quantum scientists coordinated by Tommaso Calarco (IQST, Director) has been working on the Quantum Manifesto at the request of the EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger. In the Manifesto the scientists strongly call for a common strategy for Europe to stay at the forefront of the second Quantum Revolution. Following the recommendation made by the Quantum Manifesto, the EU Commission has announced its plan to launch a 3rd flagship on quantum technologies with a budget of 1 billion euro (EU Press Release).
There has been a remarkable response in the media. See e.g. the following press releases.
- Nature: Europe plans giant billion-euro quantum technologies project
- Physics World: 'Quantum manifesto' for Europe calls for €1bn in funding
- Newsweek: Europe’s Billion Euro Bet on Quantum Computing
- Science: Europe to bet up to €1 billion on quantum technology
- Süddeutsche Zeitung: EU will eine Milliarde Euro für Quantentechnologie ausgeben
- Neue Zürcher Zeitung: Geldsegen für europäische Quantenphysiker
- Deutschlandfunk: EU-Milliarde für Quantentechnologien
- ORF: Das Quanten-Flaggschiff sticht in See
- Talk Hyperraum TV (12.06.2016): Flagship Quanten – auf Kurs?
Last year, the IQST quantum physicist Wolfgang Schleich (IQST Board, UUlm) has coordinated a report „Perspektiven der Quantentechnologien“ (Perspectives on Quantum Technologies) under the leadership of the "German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina" that also contributes to the foundation of the flagship initiative. Quantum technology programs already exist in several individual European Union countries such as in the Netherlands or in GB. High-profile US companies such as Microsoft, Google, IBM, Intel are investing in the development of quantum technologies.
Fields of QT Applications:
The developments in the leading areas of quantum technologies can be expected to produce transformative applications with real practical impact on society. The applications are described in more detail in the Quantum Manifesto.
- Quantum Computation
- Quantum Communication
- Quantum Simulation
- Quantum Sensing
- Quantum Imaging
- Quantum Metrology
- Quantum Software