A few days ago, the Intermediate Report from the Quantum Technologies Flagship High-Level Expert Group was handed over to the European Commission.
The QT Flagship initiative aims to place Europe at the forefront of the second quantum revolution now unfolding worldwide; bringing transformative advances to science, industry and society. It will create new commercial opportunities as it addresses global challenges, provide strategic capabilities for information security and seed yet unimagined applications for the future.
A global race for technology and talent has already begun to profit from the promising future of quantum applications. As governments and commercial entities worldwide (including Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Toshiba) invest substantially to unleash the potential of quantum technologies, there is demand for Europe to establish its position at the forefront of innovation.
If Europe is to benefit fully from the second quantum revolution it will need to start “fast and focused”. Preparations should already be underway to have the first Flagship-Funded projects started by 2019.
About the Quantum Flagship Intermediate Report
The strategic research agenda proposed in the intermediate report sets ambitious but achievable goals for the lifetime of the QT project.The High-Level Expert Group (of which IDQ is a member) proposes that the QT flagship would be structured around four mission-driven research and innovation domains:
- Sensing and Metrology