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- Quantum.Amsterdam and Quantum Delta NL raised flags together at Science Park Amsterdam to celebrate a partnership building the quantum ecosystem of the Netherlands for the next 7 years.
- Quantum.Amsterdam is one of the founding hubs of Quantum Delta NL and provides a strong base in knowledge partners such as the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA).
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS: On July 14th flags were raised at Science Park Amsterdam to celebrate the partnership between Quantum Delta NL and one of our founding hubs Quantum.Amsterdam for the next 7 years. Christian Schaffner, Chair of Quantum.Amsterdam looks forward to close collaboration, saying: “I will ensure that based on our local strengths here in Amsterdam, we contribute to these national quantum goals. I look forward to a good collaboration with Quantum Delta NL in the coming 7 years, and hopefully also in the time after that”.
Quantum.Amsterdam is a hub established by the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), and research center QuSoft. The goal of the hub in this 7 year period is to connect academia, industry, and society in a quantum ecosystem in the Amsterdam region by facilitating knowledge exchanges and innovation. Amsterdam has a strong backbone of knowledge partners and a research base including QuSoft, the research center for quantum software, and UvA Quantum Labs, which focus on hardware for quantum simulation, atomic clocks, and quantum sensing applications.
Raising the flag is a moment built on a history of quantum work in the Amsterdam region. As our director of Quantum Delta NL Freeke Heijman notes: “Our collaboration with Amsterdam started as early as 2014, when Harry Buhrman explained their work on algorithms for the first time. In the years that followed, a lot of progress was made and hurdles were taken, leading to the National Agenda Quantum Technology and our solid Quantum Delta NL team. The time was needed to get to this point, in which all hubs have their unique place but also form one Quantum Delta NL ecosystem, in which we work together.” For those present, who have been through the hurdles leading up to this moment, the excitement was undoubtedly brimming as the flags went up. “This made raising the flag together extra special,” Freeke says while recollecting the process.
“The time was needed to get to this point, in which all hubs have their unique place but also form one Quantum Delta NL ecosystem, in which we work together.”
Freeke Heijman, Director Quantum Delta NL
It’s only the beginning of things to come. We’re excited to see the development of:
- A knowledge exchange base: With the support of the National Growth Fund plans are already underway to build a new quantum building at Amsterdam Science Park that houses the Quantum.Amsterdam hub. In this facility, individuals from the ecosystem have a home to meet, share, and build together. Its proximity to the research institutions and the thriving startup ecosystem of Amsterdam is advantageous to societal and business needs where quantum is a problem solver. As quantum technology continues to be tangibly translated from academic pursuits to real-world applications the population of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and the world stands to benefit from this process.
- An entrepreneurial epicenter: Amsterdam provides a nest for the creation of high-impact quantum startups. With access to infrastructure and tooling, entrepreneurs can take advantage of the innovation-enabling environment provided by the hub. The international nature of the city and its close links with other hubs is a draw for companies wanting to be situated at an epicenter of quantum globally. The ultimate melting pot of startups being fueled by the arrival of talent and vice versa is in the works for Amsterdam. This is further facilitated by the government’s proactive role in working alongside Quantum Delta NL, the hubs, and companies to make it easy for them to attract local and international talent for quantum.
- A future-ready quantum workforce: The realization of quantum goals relies on the development of talent to succeed. Talent in quantum is not only attracted, but also being created. New education programs are being set up in Amsterdam, such as the professional Quantum Technology Master’s at the AUAS and the QuSoft Master at the UvA, for which the first certificates will soon be awarded. In addition, Quantum.Amsterdam organizes workshops to prepare a broad audience for quantum technology’s opportunities and threats to businesses and organizations. These are paramount to building a strong quantum ecosystem, as it requires years to build a talent pool competent enough to work on high-level quantum technologies.
We are so proud of our hub in Amsterdam! It is a partnership built on the past with a determined and clear-cut path set out for the future. One in which organizing and coordinating the quantum development of the region is key to its growth. “At CWI, it started over 25 years ago with our pioneering quantum and information theory research. Now a collaboration of multiple knowledge partners has turned into the new Quantum.Amsterdam hub” says Ton de Kok, director of CWI and member of the Supervisory Board of Quantum.Amsterdam. This is a story shared by many in the hub who will now benefit from it, bringing them closer together.
It is also built on inclusion and collaboration across many fields. “This collaboration is interdisciplinary: in addition to the UvA Faculty of Science, also the Faculty of Economics & Business and the Faculty of Law are involved, via the Amsterdam Business School and the Institute for Information Law. Other partners in the Amsterdam quantum ecosystem include AMOLF and SURF. And with the soon to be established Quantum Applications Lab, in which CWI, UvA, and TNO are taking the lead, a clear link with the business field is made,” says Geert ten Dam, Chair Executive Board of the UvA. A winning combination for anyone looking to tap into the potential of the ecosystem over the next 7 years and beyond.
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