Particle physics research

CERN partners with leaders in research and industry to deliver an open quantum institute

CERN has joined a coalition of scientific and industrial partners proposing the creation of an open quantum institute. This institute will ensure that emerging quantum technologies are used to address key societal challenges. The proposal is made through GESDA, the Anticipatory Foundation for Science and Diplomacy in Geneva, in collaboration with leading research institutes and technology companies. Other founding supporters of the Open Quantum Institute include the University of Geneva, the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology in Zurich (ETH) and Lausanne (EPFL), Microsoft and IBM.

The proposal was launched at the GESDA 2022 Summit. Speaking at the event, CERN Director-General Fabiola Gianotti highlighted the potential of quantum computing – and other related quantum technologies – to help achieve the main United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

“As it did with the creation of CERN, Geneva can play a key role in getting science and diplomacy to recognize the importance of working together, to develop real-world applications for transformative technologies,” says Gianotti, who is also a member of the Board of Directors of the GESDA Foundation. “The Open Quantum Institute will benefit from CERN’s experience in uniting people around the world to push the frontiers of science and technology for the benefit of all. We will work to ensure that quantum technologies have a positive impact on all of society.”

CERN has long recognized the potential of quantum technologies. In 2020, the Organization launched the CERN Quantum Technology Initiative (QTI), which explores the potential of these breakthrough new technologies for particle physics and beyond, in collaboration with its Member States and other parties. key stakeholders. Today, the initiative runs 20 R&D projects, many of which are carried out in collaboration with cutting-edge technology companies through CERN’s openlab framework.

“By the nature of its research and the technologies it develops, CERN is well placed to make significant contributions to the quantum revolution,” says Alberto Di Meglio, Head of CERN QTI and CERN openlab. “Building on the Laboratory’s collaborative culture and proven track record of developing breakthrough technologies, CERN QTI provides a platform for innovation.

“This platform builds on national quantum initiatives in CERN Member States and beyond, fostering pioneering new applications of quantum technologies – both for science and society,” says Di Meglio. “CERN QTI’s experience and know-how will feed into the Open Quantum Institute, helping it fulfill its mission of maximizing the societal impact of these technologies.”

As a next step in the process, the GESDA Foundation will launch a survey to help define priorities for the Open Quantum Institute, which will begin its “incubation” phase in 2023. Institute members will work to further engage with United Nations organizations, quantum scientists and industry leaders over the coming months.

Find out more on the GESDA website. Full details on the Open Quantum Institute can be found in the announcement released today by the GESDA Foundation.

From 1 to 4 November, CERN will host a special conference on the use of quantum technologies to support particle physics. Learn more about it here.