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The European Quantum Industry Consortium (QuIC) kicks off

The European Quantum Industry Consortium was successfully kicked off with its General Assembly event held online on 14 April 2021 . This event gathered more than 100 members from all the sectors of the quantum technologies headquartered in Europe, representing many European countries, and with a good balance between SMEs, large corporations, venture capitalists as well as research organizations, academic institutions and other industrial associations.

A year in the making
Working towards the foundation of a quantum industry consortium started early 2020, when the Quantum Community Network (one of the three governing bodies of the Quantum Flagship initiative) expressed the need for a “privately owned body with the mission to advocate, promote, and foster the common interests of the European Quantum Industry towards all Quantum Technologies stakeholders”.

The community building process started back in June 2020, with the organisation of a teleconference that gathered around 300 participants. During that conference, the European quantum community, led by Mr. Tommaso Calarco and Mr. Thomas Strohm, laid the foundation for what the European Commission now officially recognises as the reference consortium that represents the interests of the European quantum technologies industry in Europe.

Prof. Dr. Tommaso Calarco

“The Quantum Community network and Jülich Forschungszentrum are especially happy to have witnessed today, after almost two years of hard work, the birth of the European Quantum Industry Consortium (QuIC). By coherently bringing forward the voice of industrial stakeholders of quantum technology, QuIC will join forces with all other European quantum initiatives to overcome any possible quantum winter and make the European digital decade into a quantum decade,” said Prof. Dr. Tommaso Calarco.

During the General Assembly, the QuIC officially appointed its Governing Board as well as elected Ms. Laure Le Bars (SAP) as President, Mr. Benno Broer (Qu&Co) and Mr. Thomas Strohm (Bosch) as Vice-Presidents and Mr. Enrique Lizaso (Multiverse Computing) as its Treasurer. Additionally, all chairs of the nine working groups have presented their objectives, milestones and deliverables, with an outlook on the future tasks.

“The second quantum revolution will bring transformative advances to science, industry and society. I am convinced that Europe can lead in research, innovation and development of Quantum Technologies. Establishing QuIC as the collaborative hub throughout Europe, building a strong and vibrant ecosystem between SMEs, large industry and investors, together with leading-edge researchers, can only boost European industry competitiveness. Together we are developing together strategic roadmaps, engaging in pre-standardisation activities, developing IP strategies, determining needs in education and skills, and we are looking forward to collaborating with the European Commission and other stakeholders,” says Ms. Laure Le Bars.

European Union
During the event, representatives of the European Commission, namely Thomas Skordas, Director of Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure of DG CONNECT and Gustav Kalbe, Head of Unit of High-Performance Computing and Quantum Technology Directorate of DG CONNECT, presented their views and shared their expectations on the newly established QuIC.

“The establishment of the QUIC consortium comes at a time when the Union has ambitious plans for quantum research and technology deployment in Europe, in order to make the digital decade a reality. The association will be a precious partner in contributing to these aims and in developing a thriving quantum industrial ecosystem in Europe,” said Mr. Thomas Skordas.

The European Quantum Industry Consortium
The QuiC-organisation says: “Given the positive feedback and determined support received from the beginning of this endeavour, the QuIC can only acknowledge the trust expressed by all the stakeholders involved, and is really looking forward to work together with all the quantum technology actors worldwide.”

Benno Broer (left) and Jelmer Renema (right)

The Netherlands’ division of QuiC will be led by Benno Broer of Amsterdam-based company Qu&Co (also QuiC’s Vice-President) and Jelmer Renema of Twente-based company Quix.

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