Quantum Future Academy 2020/2021

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The Quantum Future Academy is getting Pan-European! For the first time, students from 29 countries are attending the academy which due to COVID-19 is being held online.

COVID-19 Update

Due to the ongoing pandemic and after careful and extensive considerations with the local partners involved, we decided that it would not be responsible to hold the Quantum Future Academy (QFA) as an on-site event in Berlin neither in 2020 nor in 2021. Therefore, the Academy is being held online.

  • Participants already selected for QFA2020 are invited to participate in the virtual QFA2021 without any further selection process.
  • There is no seperate selection or application process for QFA2021.
  • The first part of the virtual academy has taken place in November 2020. Another three day program is currently being planned for August 2021.
  • Participants get informed about the details of this online program via e-mail.
  • Parts of the virtual program are public and streamed online. Please check our YouTube channel for the respective livestreams.

Today’s insights for tomorrow’s experts

Challenges in quantum technologies are not limited to the field of physics: transferring basic principles of quantum physics into actual technical applications still requires enormous effort in development, e. g. in the fields of engineering sciences or information technologies. Those who want to make these new technologies profitable must create business models and find markets as well. We match those needs and provide an exclusive overview on state-of-the-art research and development in quantum technologies.

A European matter

After two exciting academy weeks in Germany (2018) as well as in Germany and France (2019), we take the next step to appreciate quantum technologies as what they are: A European matter. Therefore, this time, partner institutions in 29 countries  are participating. Each of them has selected two students from their country who then have received a ticket to attend the Academy.

What you need to know

Who is hosting?

The Academy is hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in cooperation with Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH) and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The initiative is supported by the European Quantum Flagship Initiative of the European Commission and various institutions of the participating states.

Who can participate?

Students of engineering or natural sciences from universities of the participating countries in bachelor and master programs with basic knowledge in quantum mechanics. Participation in the academy is free of charge. Meals and housing will be provided. Travel expenses to and from Berlin will be reimbursed in coordination with the organizers. The event language is English.

How to apply?

The selection process within the countries is completed. Students chosen for the QFA2020 can participate in the virtual Academy in 2021 without any further selection. They will receive all information via e-mail.

Application for students from Germany

The application period has expired and the two German participants have been chosen.





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