Westminster eForum

Developing quantum technologies in the UK - funding, technical challenges and commercialisation

Morning, Thursday, 30th January 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



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


Areas for discussion include:


  • Progress so far and the UK’s international position;
  • Funding 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.


Speakers, chair, and engagement from government officials and regulators


  • Roger McKinlay, Challenge Director, Quantum Technologies, UKRI;
  • Professor Elham Kashefi, Associate Director (Applications), Networked Quantum Information Technologies Hub; and
  • Dr Rhys Lewis, Head of Quantum Metrology Institute, National Physical Laboratory.
  • Sue Daley, Associate Director, Technology and Innovation, techUK

Further contributions from: BT; BAE Systems; Fujitsu; IBM; Nu Quantum; RSK and Teledyne e2v.


Chair: Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science & Innovation.


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.


The agenda


  • Taking forward the work of the UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme;
  • Key remaining technical 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.


Keynote Speaker

Roger McKinlay

Challenge Director, Quantum Technologies, UKRI

Keynote Speaker

Roger McKinlay

Challenge Director, Quantum Technologies, UKRI

Chair

Chi Onwurah MP

Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science & Innovation

Speakers

Sue Daley

Associate Director, Technology and Innovation, techUK

Dr Rhys Lewis

Head of Quantum Metrology Institute, National Physical Laboratory

Senior speaker confirmed from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

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 Richard Murray

Business Development Manager, Quantum Technologies, Teledyne e2v

Dr Peter Waggett

Director, Emerging Technology, IBM

Dr George Tuckwell

Director, Geoscience and Engineering Division, RSK

Professor Elham Kashefi

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