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A public evening introducing Quantum Computer in Paris

The International Conference on Quantum Computing (ICoCQ) took place at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, from the 26th to the 30th of November 2018.

A public evening during the conference, open to the general public was organized on the 27th of November at the Sorbonne University auditorium. About 350 people, including people from all age group, participated in the evening.

In this evening ESR Nilesh Vyas also participated and helped with the organization of the evening. The purpose was to introduce the general public with the idea of the quantum computer, its functionality, how it performs computation and its basic hardware. The evening started with a talk on Quantum computer, given by Professor  Klaus Molmer followed by a roundtable discussion and addressing the questions from the general public.


ESRs at VenetoNight 2018 – La notte dei ricercatori European Researchers’ night in Padova

ESRs at the “VenetoNight 2018 – La notte dei ricercatori” (The night of the researchers)

The European researchers’ night is held every year in many different cities across Europe, aiming to bring researchers closer to the general public. Through interesting and attractive experiments and demonstrations, researchers from many different fields try to increase public awareness of the positive impact of scientific research in the people’s everyday life and, at the same time, encourage pupils to embark on research careers.

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This year, 4 QCALL ESRs from Padova (Mujtaba Zahidy and Hamid Tebyanian) and Düsseldorf (Federico Grasselli and Carlo Liorni) participated to the event held in Padova on the 28th of September, alongside other researchers from the Department of Information Engineering (DEI). Every year, this event attracts a considerable crowd, of every age and every level of scientific background.

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The ESRs presented to the public, with simple and clear concepts, the main topics of quantum communication and quantum information, together with details about the EU flagship on quantum technologies and the QCALL project. Two simple experiments came along. The first about light interference, used as starting point to explain concepts in quantum physics like the superposition principle. The second consisted in a simple quantum random number generator, accompanied by an interactive interface and explanations about the usefulness of random numbers in our everyday life. The response from the public was exceptionally good and people kept asking questions and discussing until late in the night.

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You can check at this link…/actions/european-researchers-night_en where is the closest European Researchers’ Night to your place. Whatever your background is, interesting discussions and demonstrations are waiting for you!

Applications for Secure Quantum Communications School is now closed!

Held in Baiona, Spain, on  May 7-11, 2018 – Funded and organised by the QCALL network

Applications are now closed.


The Secure Quantum Communications (SQC) School  is a week-long programme on theoretical and experimental aspects of quantum communications that aims to provide high-level training to a limited number of Master’s level and PhD students.

The school includes lectures from nine specialist speakers in the field as well as a poster session where the participants can present and discuss their own research. It will bring together experts from several institutions and universities, and it will be a great opportunity for all participants to meet and share ideas with other researchers in the field.

The school will take place in the beautiful city of Baiona, in the Hotel Parador de Baiona, and we plan to organise some social activities to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy the amazing surroundings.

Here, you can obtain more information on how to get to Baiona, the accommodation, and the tuition fees for the event . To apply for the school, please fill out the application form. The deadline for applications is 31st of January 2018. You will be notified by email about the admission decisions by the beginning of February.

For any query, please contact:

Program committee:
Marcos Curty (Chair)
Dagmar Bruss
Eleni Diamanti

Local organising committee:
Marcos Curty (Chair)
Margarida Pereira
Róbert Trényi