Kickoff for the Munich Quantum Valley

Bavaria's leading scientists and universities kick off a new research initiative to promote quantum science and develop new quantum technologies. The Free State of Bavaria is supporting the project with 300 million euros.

A quantum computer that puts conventional computers in the shade, tap-proof communication methods and fundamental elements of quantum technology - these are some of the goals that scientists will pursue in the future in the Munich Quantum Valley. Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder, the Ministers Hubert Aiwanger and Bernd Sibler as well as the Presidents of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities Thomas O. Höllmann, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Reimund Neugebauer, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Bernd Huber, the Max Planck Society Martin Stratmann and the Technical University of Munich Thomas F. Hofmann have given the starting signal for the research initiative with signing a declaration of intent on 11 January 2021 in the city of Munich. With its pioneering work in the field, the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) is a central scientific pillar of the project.
The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder and the President of the Max Planck Society Martin Stratmann after jointly signing the declaration of intent for the new research initiative Munich Quantum Valley.

With Munich Quantum Valley as the central element of the Bavarian quantum initiative, the partner organisations want to advance the development of quantum science and technology on a national and international level over the next 10 years. The Free State of Bavaria will provide a total of 300 million euros for this purpose, subject to the approval of the state parliament, 120 million euros of which will already be made available in 2021 and 2022. Strengthened in this way, Munich Quantum Valley will also apply for funding from the federal government, which is supporting the development of quantum technologies with two billion euros as part of the “Zukunftspaket Deutschland” (Future Package Germany).

Immanuel Bloch, Managing Director and Head of the Department of Quantum Many-Body Systems at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics comments on the project's launch:

"The Munich Quantum Valley initiative, supported by the Bavarian state government, is an important signal for the continued development of quantum technologies at the research and high-tech location of Munich and throughout Bavaria. The Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics is a central pillar of this project, which will have a big impact on the institute’s work in the coming years. It opens up new research and development opportunities in collaboration with the industry, Munich's universities and research institutions throughout Bavaria and beyond. We are very pleased about a joint Munich strategy for the promotion and development of quantum technologies and quantum computing in particular."

This is a short version. The original article is published in German only.  https://www.mpg.de/16243526/munich-quantum-valley  

(PH, Max Planck Society)

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