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Jenny Hogan
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Quantum Engineering Science
and Technologies Symposium (QuESTS)

JENNY HOGAN
CENTER FOR QUANTUM TECHNOLOGIES, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE

The Quantum Engineering Science and Technologies Symposium (QuESTS) held November 14-18, 2016 was in tune with a global trend: research into quantum technologies is expanding into engineering, as scientists' increasing control over quantum systems requires ever more sophisticated tools.

The week-long conference at the National University of Singapore (NUS) featured over 30 speakers across seven topics. Talks spanned topics such as nanophotonics, quantum thermodynamics, quantum simulation, quantum computing, graphene, spintronics and many-body physics.

The meeting was supported by the Embassy of France in Singapore to bring together experts from the two countries. This was through a grant from the Merlion Program administered by the Institut Français Singapour.

Other supporters of the event included the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT), the NUS Department of Physics and Majulab, an international joint research unit in Singapore of the French national research organization CNRS.

 

Fig. 1: The Quantum Engineering, Science and Technology Symposium was supported by the Embassy of France to foster collaboration between experts from the two countries.

FOLLOWING THE FLAGSHIP

"Since we had the idea for the symposium two years ago, the European Commission has announced a 1 billion euro quantum technologies flagship. It became very timely," says Christian Miniatura, Director of MajuLab. The framework for Europe's flagship program is under discussion in Europe. Prominent French physicist Paul Indelicato, Deputy Director of the Cabinet of the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, presented an update at QuESTS.

Delegates at the meeting also heard from George Loh, Director (Programmes Directorate) at the National Research Foundation (NRF), Singapore, about local support for quantum technologies. NRF, along with Singapore's Ministry of Education, provided the core funding that established CQT in 2007.

 

Fig. 2: French physicist Paul Indelicato, Deputy Director of the Cabinet of the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, spoke about planning for the European € 1 billion euro flagship in quantum technologies.

BACK FOR MORE

Organization of QuESTS was led by Kwek Leong Chuan, a CQT Principal Investigator, and Alexia Auffeves, a CNRS researcher based at the Institute NÉEL in Grenoble. "There have always been some collaborations between France and Singapore in quantum science, engineering and technology. This workshop aims to foster greater synergy between the two countries, particularly between institutes in Grenoble and Singapore." said Kwek.

QuESTS is planned to be the first in a series. The next event is proposed to be a school for local and international students on quantum technologies with light. This is slated to happen over two weeks in January 2018.