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Japan-EU Joint Workshop on Advanced Quantum Technology for Future Innovation

October 17, 2018
Strategic Basic Research Programs/CREST

On September 3-4, 2018, Japan and the EU held the joint workshop to discuss exploration of promising cooperative areas and collaborating policies for the future at the Pierre and Marie Curie Campus of Sorbonne University (Paris, France). Distinguished researchers in the quantum technology field, which is a priority investment area, gathered from Japan and EU countries. Yoshimasa Hayashi, Minister of MEXT at that time, had a meeting with Carlos Moedas, Commissioner of Research, Science and Innovation of the EU, when he visited Brussels in January this year. They reached an agreement on expanding cooperation in the quantum technology area between Japan and the EU, and accordingly this workshop was organized in response to the agreement.

A total of 120 participants (the number of speakers and pre-registers) from 20 countries gathered, and related policymakers as well as researchers actively engaged in discussions and Q&A sessions. Participants’ countries included 11 EU countries (France, Germany, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Finland, and Luxembourg), and nine other countries (the US, Russia, Switzerland, India, Australia, Brazil, Turkey, Morocco, and Japan).

Nine researchers including program managers from Japan and nine researchers representing research fields from the EU, gave lectures on their areas of expertise. The first Japanese lecturer was Yasuhiko Arakawa, a co-chair of this workshop and Research Supervisor of CREST (Creation of an innovative quantum technology platform based on the advanced control of quantum states). He was followed by the Research Director of CREST, a young researcher at PRESTO (Quantum state control and functionalization), the Research Director of ERATO (Macroscopic quantum machines), the Program Manager from ImPACT (Advanced information society infrastructure linking quantum artificial brains in quantum network), and others.

After the sessions of the first day, the Embassy of Japan in France held a reception, in which the Japanese Ambassador to France and the Director of Quantum Technology at the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation offered their greetings. The reception became a great opportunity to appeal both domestically and to foreign countries for the advancement of Japan-EU collaboration in pioneering scientific areas as well as to commemorate the 160th anniversary of Japan-France relations. At the panel session at the end of the second day, attendants discussed future quantum research from complemental viewpoints. They exchanged information about Japan-EU research strategy and cutting-edge research outcomes and their prospects. Collaboration between Japan and EU and its measurements were also discussed.

Ref. CREST: Quantum Technology

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