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Complementary skills workshop III on Business and Entrepreneurship

On the 19th/20th of September, right after the ESR Conference in Mondello, Sicily, the ESRs participated in the third complemetary skills workshop organised by the QCALL network. The aim of the workshop was to gain more knowledge on business and commercialisation procedures for research and development. The workshop was held by Dr. Andrew Collins, Enterprise Lead for QTEC, University of Bristol.

On the first day the participants practiced how to communicate their research effectively targeted at different audiences and they attended a lecture where they were given a high level view of the commercialisation process focusing on market research, protection of intellectual property and various business models.

On the second day the ESRs were asked to pick a career path/business plan and were coached to be able to find out who and/or what is needed to achieve their goals by making use of what they had learnt the previous day. The final goal of this session was to put together a pitch aimed at a potential customer, venture capitalist, lead scientist or a government funding board. The pitches were followed by a brief evaluation by the instructor and also the rest of the group could comment on the pitches. Prices were offered for the best pitches. Congratulations go out to Gaëtan, Guillermo and Yumang for the most convincing pitches!

The ESRs found the workshop informative, enjoyable and useful as they managed to gain some insight on important concepts possibly necessary for their future career and they also had the opportunity to try themselves in a pitching scenario and receive valuable feedback.


QCALL ESR Conference 2019

Held in Mondello, Sicily, on September 16-19, 2019 – Funded and organised by the QCALL network.

The Early-Stage Researchers Conference (ESRC) is a four-day conference on quantum communications, aimed at Master and PhD students as well as early post-doctoral researchers.

The conference will feature five well-known invited speakers, introducing each of the main topics of the conference, and possibly an industry session will be organised. There will also be time for around 30 talks by other participants as well as a poster session. The topics covered by the conference will be:

  • Entanglement-based Quantum Communications
  • Security of QKD
  • Satellite QKD
  • MDI-QKD and TF-QKD
  • Component technology (Chip-based QKD, detectors, QRNG, etc.)
Invited speakers

Industrial speakers

Alongside the conference, a film festival with clips submitted by high-school students will also take place during the event.

The conference will be held in Mondello, Sicily, close to Palermo and only a 20-minute drive from the Punta Raisi International Airport. The town offers lots of beautiful sceneries and a nice seaside, which in September is still warm enough to enjoy. The venue will be the renowned Addaura Hotel.

You can find here more information about how to get to Mondello and the conference application process and fees.

  • The deadline for submission is the 16th of June 2019. Deadline was extended to the 30th of June
    Please note: Poster applications sent after the deadline may be considered within reasonable limits. Please contact the organisers.
  • A decision will be notified at the email you provide on or before the 17th of July 2019.
  • Deadline for registration is the 31st of July 2019.

All deadlines are 23:59 UTC.

The conference program can be found here.

For any enquirers, please contact the organising committee at:

Organising committee
Technical Committee