On the week-end of 7th and 8th of July, the Nuit de la Science (Night of Science) was organized by the city of Geneva. This biannual event is the occasion for the general public (young and old alike) to learn more about science with playful experiments.
This year, three early stage researchers (ESRs) from QCALL, Gaëtan Gras, Antonio Ortu and Davide Rusca, were present at this event to animate two stands during the week-end. The first one consisted in a game where people challenged a computer at generating a random string of 0 and 1. The second experiment was meant to introduced visitors to different types of interactions between light and matter (diffusion, fluorescence). Those two experiments attracted a lot of interest. Many people came to discuss with us and it was the occasion to talk more about our personal work.
ESRs Innocenzo De Marco and Mirko Pittaluga attended the National Quantum Technologies Showcase 2017, as an outreach activity.
The event, held in in the beautiful frame of the QEII Centre, right opposite Westminster Abbey, London, aimed to demonstrate
“[…] the technological progress arising from the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, its relevance to commercial sectors and the collaborative nature of the programme involving academia, industry and government partners.”
Several companies and universities presented their work: the Showcase was full of very different projects, ranging from quantum communications to single photon imaging.
The two QCALL ESRs presented the work Toshiba Research Europe Ltd. (TREL) has been carrying on in the Quantum Communications Hub. In particular, the focus was on the UK network TREL is actively contributing to. The Cambridge Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) network runs on Toshiba technology, and the company is expected to deploy the backbone connection between Cambridge and Bristol in order to start implementing a National Quantum Communications Hub.
The public, composed by academics, corporate researchers, politicians but also students, journalists and simple curious, was very participative: questions were asked about every detail of Toshiba’s work, which allowed the ESRs to put their communication skills to the test.