Quantum technologies – from basic research to market – Pre 03 2020

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10 June 2020 | 16:30-18:00 | Studio The Hague
Consolidated programme 2020 overview / Day 0

Proposal: #145

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Session teaser

The first quantum revolution resulted in ground-breaking technologies such as the transistor and the laser, which are now part of our daily technological life. Now, the better understanding and control of the quantum laws of nature is paving the way for second quantum revolution. Four are the pillars, which are emerging:

  • Quantum Communication: the ability to transfer information in a provably secure way.
  • Quantum Sensing: a new generation of sensor capable of outperforming most devices currently used.
  • Quantum Computers: a new generation of computes capable of exponential speedup with respect to existing ones.
  • Quantum Simulators: quantum devices which can efficiently simulate complex systems.

Quantum Technologies will be of a paramount importance for many sectors of the economy, from security to defence, agriculture, pharmaceutical product, material design, finance, weather forecast, big data analysis, and more. During this session different aspects of the technology and of its applications to the internet, from IT security, including encryption will be discussed.

Session description

The session will be opened by a speaker from DG CONNECT, who will explain the interest of the European Commission in Quantum Technologies and the investments made in this area. This opening speech will be followed by presentations made by European experts of different aspects of this technology. The last contribution will be an overview of what is done in this field in Italy, and in particular in Trieste. The speakers will answer questions from the audience, then there will be time for closing remarks and a summary of the takeaways.


The session will be a round table where experts provide presentations and answer questions by the audience.

Further reading

SAC107: SSAC Comment to NIST on Quantum Cryptography Algorithms

South African and Chinese scientists have just made an exciting breakthrough to allow internet users to transfer secure quantum data via normal optical fibre

Quantum key distribution


Focal Points

  • Angelo Bassi - University of Trieste
  • Roberto Gaetano - EURALO

Organising Team (Org Team)

  • Angelo Bassi
  • Roberto Gaetano
  • Giorgio Giorgetti
  • Stefano Ruffo
  • Eleni Diamanti
  • Alessandro Zavatta

Key Participants

  • Angelo Bassi - University of Trieste - Moderator
  • Eleni Diamanti - CNRS, Sorbonne University
  • Martin Ward - ETSI
  • Alessandro Zavatta - University of Florence
  • Giorgio Giorgetti - University of Trieste