Munich’s €380m Quantum Valley takes shape

Munich’s €380m Quantum Valley takes shape
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Over 40 research groups and companies in Germany are to set up a €380m ‘Munich Quantum Valley’ The founding partners of the Munich Quantum Valley are Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg as well as the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the German…
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Over 40 research groups and companies in Germany are to set up a €380m ‘Munich Quantum Valley’

The founding partners of the Munich Quantum Valley are Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg as well as the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Max Planck Society.

So far, over 40 academic institutions, research institutes and businesses have joined the initiative to set up a Centre for Quantum Computing and Quantum Technologies (ZQQ) over the next five years.

This is intended to provide access to computers based on the three most promising quantum computing technologies currently available: superconducting, ionic and atomic qubits, and includes €80m of funding by the German federal government.

The plans also include a quantum technology park to pool research capacities and accelerate the transformation of scientific findings into marketable products. These activities will be supported by qualification and training opportunities as well as funding schemes for quantum technology start-ups. Skills for the quantum industry have been highlighted by the European and US governments as a key issue.

“Quantum computing opens up a new world of research possibilities – this is the next generation of super computers,” said Dr. Markus Söder, Minister-President of Bavaria, which provided E300m from its High Tech agenda. “And with this, we are developing Bavaria into an international champion. The Munich Quantum Valley networks our best in the science scene; the best minds in the world should come to Bavaria to study and teach. With the Hightech Agenda Plus, we are investing a total of 3.5 billion euros to add 13,000 new students and 1,000 professors to the universities. After all, technology is the future.”

“The first quantum computer “Made in Bavaria” is to be built in the Munich Quantum Valley. Quantum computing is set to play a key role in research into new medicines and in improving logistics and materials research. With the Munich Quantum Valley, we have the opportunity to lay the foundation for a real quantum industry in Bavaria,” said Minister of Economics and Deputy Minister-President Hubert Aiwanger.

“With the Munich Quantum Valley, we are pursuing a clear goal – to put Bavaria in the top position in Europe when it comes to research and the use of quantum science and technologies,” said federal Science Minister Bernd Sibler. “In the Munich region, we already have an excellent level of scientific expertise in the field of quantum technologies. We are pooling this expertise into a powerful high-tech ecosystem of science and industry and enhancing it by bringing in knowledge from other parts of Bavaria.”

There are more than 200 scientists working within eight research consortia, together covering all the skills necessary to build and operate quantum computers. Lighthouse projects are underway to include expertise from other regions in Bavaria and to broaden the scientific basis of the initiative.

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