Quantum technologies research spans across a broad range of research disciplines and involves individuals and organisations with similarly broad interests and skillsets.
The research can be both theoretical and experimental in nature but can also focus upon the development of a specialised device or component with a specific end use.
The research and development of devices and components often relies upon elements of both physics and engineering to achieve the research objectives.
The planned workshop aims to bring together individuals from both the quantum and engineering communities to:
- explore the current state of research that utilises skills from across both disciplines
- reflect upon the future direction of the interface between quantum technologies and engineering.
Particular consideration will be given to explore how best the EPSRC can support the community to deliver maximum impacts across the UK research and development landscape and enable economic, societal, and environmental benefits.
EPSRC will be holding this workshop to bring the quantum technologies and engineering communities together.
This workshop will explore and assess the current state of the research and industrial landscape at the interface between quantum technologies and engineering.
Through the workshop sessions, EPSRC aims to identify the key research challenges and opportunities to explore to deliver affordable and usable quantum devices across a range of sectors.
The workshop will consist of:
- keynote talks from community leaders and EPSRC
- facilitated discussion sessions around common challenges across the quantum technologies and engineering research ecosystem, and emerging fundamental and application-based research areas for engineering new quantum devices research
- networking opportunities.
An exact agenda will be circulated to attendees in due course.
Who can attend
We anticipate this event will be of interest to researchers working in both quantum technologies, and engineering fields with knowledge, experience, and interest in the interface between both sectors. And a particular focus towards application-based research areas for engineering new quantum devices research.
Colleagues from industry and the third sector are also encouraged to apply to:
- foster relationships between industrial needs and fundamental engineering new quantum devices research
- support EPSRC to ensure non-academic drivers are reflected in future priorities and scoping activities.
The event will be in an accessible format.
Whilst we highly encourage in-person attendance, we will be offering opportunities to attend online or in-person in Manchester (venue to be confirmed).
Please note there is no funding associated with this activity, but key outputs will be collated from the workshop and key findings will be disseminated with attendees.
Based on the findings of the workshop and report the EPSRC will consider the research challenges and potential strategic and funding interventions.
The overarching objectives of the workshops are:
- to assess the current state of the research and industrial landscape at this interface between the quantum technologies and engineering communities
- to identify the key research challenges and stakeholders relevant to both the engineering and quantum technologies communities and the opportunities to explore at this interface
- to consider the future direction the EPSRC’s quantum technologies and engineering themes could take with strategies to best serve the interface between quantum and engineering
- to provide an opportunity for quantum technologies and engineering researchers to network, to enhance community awareness of common goals and research challenges between two research communities.
How to apply
Expressions of interest will open at 9:00 on 7 March and will close at 16:00 on 4 April 2022.
All expressions of interest will be assessed by an EPSRC internal panel and in the event of oversubscription an appropriate number of participants will be selected to attend.
Successful applicants will be notified by 8 April 2022.
This is a hybrid event.
There will be opportunities to attend online via Zoom or in-person in in Manchester (venue to be confirmed).
The engineering theme at EPSRC will be running a separate workshop event on 9 May about microscale systems, sensors and devices, and machines.
Applications to both workshops are encouraged where expertise is relevant. It will provide attendees from the microsystems and quantum technologies workshops the ability to network and discuss and gain understanding of common challenges faced with their peers from across different research disciplines.