Westminster eForum

Developing quantum technologies in the UK - investment, research and commercialisation

Morning, Thursday, 30th January 2020

Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW


This conference will consider the way forward for developing quantum technologies in the UK.

Areas for discussion include:

  • Progress so far and the UK’s international position;
  • Investment and commercialisation;
  • Tackling the key technical challenges; and
  • The wider transformative potential of quantum technologies, as well as possible broader societal implications.

It takes place following the announcement of a series of rounds of government funding for the UK National Quantum Technology Programme - and in the context of the government agenda in a new parliament.

The agenda

  • Taking forward the work of the UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme - progress and next steps;
  • Tackling key barriers to the development and widespread uptake of quantum technologies;
  • Driving research and investment into practical applications for quantum technologies across the wider economy; and
  • Developing the Commercialising Quantum Technologies programme - industry collaboration, funding R&D, and facilitating growth in private investment.

Speakers and chair

There will be a keynote address from: Roger McKinlay, Challenge Director, Quantum Technologies, UKRI, and we are pleased that Chi Onwurah MP has agreed to chair part of the conference.

Further confirmed speakers include: Liam Blackwell, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council; Sue Daley, techUK; Professor Elham Kashefi, Networked Quantum Information Technologies Hub; Dr Rhys Lewis, National Physical Laboratory; Professor Andrew Lord, BTDr Carmen Palacios-Berraquero, Nu Quantum; Dr David Snelling, Fujitsu; Dr George Tuckwell, RSK; Dr Peter Waggett, IBM Research UK; Professor Andy Wright, BAE Systems; and Dr Claire Cramer, US Embassy.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster eForum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; Cabinet Office; DCMS; Defra; DHSC; DIT; HMRC; HM Treasury; ICO; IPO; MHRA; NAO; Ofcom and the Scottish Government.

Keynote Speaker

Roger McKinlay

Challenge Director, Quantum Technologies, UKRI

Keynote Speaker

Roger McKinlay

Challenge Director, Quantum Technologies, UKRI


Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP

Chi Onwurah MP

Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science & Innovation


Sue Daley

Associate Director, Technology and Innovation, techUK

Dr Rhys Lewis

Head of Quantum Metrology Institute, National Physical Laboratory

Liam Blackwell

Deputy Director, Quantum Technologies, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Dr Claire Cramer

Embassy Science Fellow, US Embassy

Professor Andrew Lord

Senior Manager Optical Research, BT

Dr Carmen Palacios-Berraquero

Chief Executive Officer, Nu Quantum

Dr David Snelling

Fujitsu Fellow and Programme Director, Artificial Intelligence, Fujitsu

Dr Peter Waggett

Director, Emerging Technology, IBM Research UK

Dr George Tuckwell

Director, Geoscience and Engineering Division, RSK

Dr Crispin Keable

Head of Big Data and High Performance Computing, Atos

Ole Kock

Technical Authority, Quantum Sensors, Teledyne e2v

Professor Andy Wright

Director, Strategic Technology, BAE Systems

Professor Elham Kashefi

Associate Director (Applications), Networked Quantum Information Technologies Hub and Personal Chair, Quantum Computing, University of Edinburgh