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Next steps for quantum technologies in the UK

Morning, Thursday, 31st March 2022


This conference focuses on the development of quantum technologies in the UK.


Stakeholders and policymakers will discuss priorities for developing the research ecosystem, infrastructure, and expertise - as well as what is needed to encourage commercial uptake, prepare for a quantum-ready economy, and develop the legal and standards framework to support sector growth.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Sir Peter Knight, Chair, UK National Quantum Technology Programme Strategic Advisory Board; and Chair, Quantum Metrology Institute, National Physical Laboratory; Roger McKinlay, Challenge Director - Quantum Technologies, UKRI; and Dr Richard Pitwon, CEO, Resolute Photonics; Chair, IEEE UK and Ireland Photonics Chapter and Quantum Group; and Member, Focus Group on Quantum Technologies, CEN/CENELEC.


This discussion will be a timely opportunity to examine the work of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme and consider further priorities for commercialising quantum technologies, developing international partnerships, and supporting the UK to be a global leader in the development and use of quantum technology.


Delegates will also look ahead to the anticipated launch of the National Quantum Computing Centre, as well as the ongoing work of the Quantum Technology Hubs, and the scope for accelerating the development of quantum computing.


Overall, sessions in the agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • research and development - developing strategic partnerships and collaboration, supporting innovation, and the translation of research
  • regulation - latest thinking from the regulators on promoting innovation and supporting emerging tech companies
  • practical applications:
    • priorities across key sectors for development
    • ensuring the economy is ‘quantum-ready’ and that the legal and standards framework is in place to support adoption
    • utilising quantum to meet wider challenges around productivity and sustainability

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; the Cabinet Office; Defra; the Dstl; the DHSC; the DCMS; DIT; the DfT; the FCDO; HMRC; the IPO; the National Crime Agency; the Office for Life Sciences; The Scottish Government; the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency.



Keynote Speakers

Sir Peter Knight

Chair, UK National Quantum Technology Programme Strategic Advisory Board; and Chair, Quantum Metrology Institute, National Physical Laboratory

Roger McKinlay

Challenge Director - Quantum Technologies, UKRI

Dr Richard Pitwon

CEO, Resolute Photonics; Chair, IEEE UK and Ireland Photonics Chapter and Quantum Group; and Member, Focus Group on Quantum Technologies, CEN/CENELEC

Keynote Speakers

Dr Richard Pitwon

CEO, Resolute Photonics; Chair, IEEE UK and Ireland Photonics Chapter and Quantum Group; and Member, Focus Group on Quantum Technologies, CEN/CENELEC

Sir Peter Knight

Chair, UK National Quantum Technology Programme Strategic Advisory Board; and Chair, Quantum Metrology Institute, National Physical Laboratory

Roger McKinlay

Challenge Director - Quantum Technologies, UKRI

Chair

Rt Hon Baroness Neville-Jones

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Photonics and Quantum

Speakers

Mandy Birch

Senior Vice President, Technology Partnerships, Rigetti

Dr Rachel Free

Partner (Patent Attorney), CMS

Dr Tommaso Calarco

Director, Institute of Quantum Control, Forschungszentrum Jülich

Professor David Lucas

Principal Investigator, UK Quantum Computing and Simulation Hub, Oxford University

Dr Michael Cuthbert

Director, National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC)

Dr Joseph Broz

Vice President, Quantum Growth and Market Development, IBM

Ilyas Khan

Director and CEO, Cambridge Quantum Computing

Ian West

Partner, Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications, KPMG

Steve Brierley

Founder and CEO, Riverlane