Quantum Future Academy 2020

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The Quantum Future Academy is getting Pan-European! For the first time, students from 30 countries will be attending the one-week-academy which due to COVID-19 will be shiftet and take place in Berlin in 2021.

COVID-19 Update

Due to the current development of COVID-19 infections in Europe 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 2020 (QFA) as planned as an on-site event in Berlin in November 2020. Therefore, the Academy will be postponed until the year 2021.

  • Participants already selected may participate in the QFA in 2021 without any further selection process.
  • The exact timeframe for the postponed Academy cannot be determined yet today but must be chosen with respect to the further development of the COVID-19 pandemic. Details will be announced here as early as possible.
  • In addition to event in 2021, there will be a shorter online meet-up and get-together in November 2020 for a first opportunity for the participants to get to know each other.
  • Participants have been informed about the details of this online program via e-mail.
  • Parts of the virtual program will be 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. To match those needs and to provide an exclusive overview on state-of-the-art research and development in quantum technologies, Quantum Future Academy 2020 will be a full week program containing:

  • Excursions to leading companies and institutes
  • Lectures by experts in the field of quantum technologies
  • An exclusive insight into the current state of research and development
  • Talks and networking with entrepreneurs, start-ups and founders
  • Interactive workshops
  • Discussions and networking with political representatives
  • Social program with evening events

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 30 countries  are participating. Each of them will select two students from their country who then receive a ticket to attend the final Academy week in Berlin.

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 postponed 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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