Göran Wendin, to the right, is one of the driving forces within the Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology (WACQT), which is led by Chalmers and aims to build a Swedish quantum computer within twelve years. At the moment, however, he is fully busy with the QFA2020 management.
"It is an extensive job with a lot of work, but also a lot of fun," he says in a pause.
The assignment comes directly from the German research institute VDI Technologiezentrum [VDITZ] in Düsseldorf, which is the headquarters of the EU's research flagship on quantum technology, worth one billion euros, launched in autumn 2018.
The idea of QFA2020 is to offer European top students in the field of quantum technology an opportunity to gain new knowledge and new contacts in order to develop future commercial applications of the technology.
Similar events have been held four times before, then at the national level in Germany and France. Now, QFA is opening up and turning it into a major European education conference with participants from 30 countries.
"One of the aims is to raise the understanding of quantum technology as a matter for Europe as a whole. We want to help create a sustainable network of young researchers," says Göran Wendin.
Each participating country selects two students during the late summer who can travel to Germany completely free of charge in November. Travel, accommodation and living are fully reimbursed.
QFA2020 will take place in Berlin. However, Göran Wendin points out that the organizers are closely following the development of the corona pandemic, and that all safety procedures will be followed.
"All participants will receive detailed information in good time about any changes," he says.
The application is open until 24 July for all interested students at the bachelor's or master's level with basic knowledge in quantum mechanics. In Sweden, the winners will be presented at a digital workshop at Chalmers in mid-September, where all applicants will present their ideas.
The conference week in Berlin in November has a packed content. It will include study visits to companies and research laboratories, lectures, meetings with researchers, politicians and entrepreneurs, workshops and even cultural activities.
"We can promise an exciting and exclusive week in Berlin," concludes Göran Wendin.
Text: Michael Nystås
Photo: Johan BodellContact:
Göran Wendin, Professor, Quantum Technology Laboratory, Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology (WACQT), Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience –
MC2, Chalmers, firstname.lastname@example.org