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Europe's quantum community meets in Hannover this year

Europe's quantum community meets in Hannover this year

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Quantum Valley Lower Saxony set to host Europe's largest quantum conference in October 2023

Lower Saxony's Quantum Alliance QVLS is bringing the European Quantum Technologies Conference (EQTC) 2023 and thus the leading minds in quantum technologies from science, industry and politics to Hannover. From 16 to 20 October, up to 1000 guests are expected to attend the event, which the QVLS is organising in cooperation with the "Quantum Flagship", Europe’s ten-year innovation programme at the dawn of the second quantum revolution.

The first day of the EQTC already highlights what makes Lower Saxony a Europe-wide quantum hotspot. Conference guests will have the chance to explore the most innovative facilities within Quantum Valley Lower Saxony. The Leibniz University of Hannover, the Technical University of Braunschweig and Germany’s National Metrology Institute (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt), the scientific backbone of the network, are opening their laboratories and numerous other partners are hosting site tours for visitors as well. A particular highlight will be the showcase of the region’s ion-trap quantum computers, built with the support of the State of Lower Saxony, the Volkswagen Foundation, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as well as the European Union. In the evening, participants will gather for a festive reception in the atrium of the Welfenschloss at Leibniz University.

The following four conference days will take place at the Hannover Convention Center. With its numerous lectures, workshops, exhibitions and opportunities to meet, the EQTC will be a hub for the European quantum world: not only will the latest advances in research and industry be presented there, but the network meeting will also be the starting point for new collaborations.

In addition to quantum computing, the focus will be on quantum metrology, quantum sensors and quantum communication as well as a look at global developments. Special attention will also be paid to the transfer of these research-intensive technologies to European industry and the presentation of promising European start-ups. Visitors can follow the programme on site or via online access.

“Quantum technologies are a fairly new yet dynamically growing field. I am extremely pleased that Hanover can be the host when European science, industry, politics and education can meet again in person for the first time since the pandemic and present their results" - says Professor Christian Ospelkaus from the Institute of Quantum Optics at Leibniz University and co-chair of the EQTC organising committee.

Professor Michèle Heurs, head of the Quantum Control research group at Leibniz University and also co-chair of the EQTC organising committee adds: "Not only is basic research booming in quantum technologies but the first approaches and prototypes for applications are already being tested worldwide. This field is already of vast relevance to our everyday life - and this influence may exponentially grow in the future. Holding the EQTC in Hanover is therefore a great pleasure and honor for us.”

Further information and registration (from March) on the EQTC website: eqtc2023.qvls.de


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