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Commercialising Quantum Technologies - Glasgow

Your input will help shape the debate around the commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK

Helping to deliver quantum enabled technologies

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and Technology Scotland are bringing together government, industry and technology leaders to debate issues such as:

  • What leads organisations to invest in quantum technologies?
  • How do we identify and address barriers to the adoption of quantum technologies?
  • How do we position Scotland and the wider UK as a global lead in quantum technologies?

The UK is leading a global race to develop this new quantum era, forging its research strength into market opportunities through a co-ordinated and coherent National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP). The NPL Quantum Programme supports UK industry’s need for independent test and evaluation, standards and measurement to deliver new quantum technologies. NPL is a partner in the UK NQTP.

We would like to invite you to an afternoon event on commercialising quantum technologies for the photonics sector followed by a networking reception.

We are pleased to announce that Sir Peter Knight will be speaking at the event and will be joined by Dr Amy Nommeots-Nomm, Early Stage Deeptech Investor, Octopus Ventures,  Edward De Francesco, Programme Manager, Office for Quantum, Dept. Science, Innovation and Technology and John Devaney, Quantum Standards, National Physical Laboratory.  For our full list of speakers please see below.

Registrations for this event are now closed.

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13 March

Workshop: 14:00 - 17:20 Reception: 17:20 - 19:00


Workshop

Trades Hall of Glasgow, 85 Glassford Street, Glasgow G1 1UH

Register now

NPL launch new Timing and Quantum Technologies Innovation Node, Wednesday 13th March.

Accurate and resilient time is critical to the UK National Infrastructure, NPL is building resilient time distribution across the UK, to protect our society now and in the future. 

Agenda

13:15  Registration and refreshments

14:00  Welcome from Technology Scotland - Alison McLeod, Director, Photonics Scotland, Technology Scotland  

14:05  Welcome and introduction to the National Physical Laboratory - Rhys Lewis, Head of Quantum Programmes, National Physical Laboratory

14:20  Introduction to Quantum Technologies - Sir Peter Knight, Chair of the Quantum Metrology Institute, National Physical Laboratory and Chair of the UK National Quantum Technology Programme Strategic Advisory Board

14:50  Panel 1 - What leads organisations to invest in quantum technologies and how do we identify and address barriers to the adoption of quantum technologies

  • Dr Amy Nommeots-Nomm, Early Stage Deeptech Investor, Octopus Ventures
  • Edward De Francesco, Programme Manager, Office for Quantum, Department of Science, Innovation, and Technology
  • Chair: Alastair McInroy, Technology Scotland 

15:50  Break

16:10  Panel 2 - How do we position Scotland and the wider UK as a global lead in quantum technologies 

  • Evelyn Toma, Director of Strategy, James Watt Nanofabrication Centre, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Loyd McKnight, Head of the Quantum Technologies Business Unit, Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics
  • John Devaney, Quantum Standards Manager, National Physical Laboratory
  • Chair: Stuart Kitney, Head of Regional Strategy, National Physical Laboratory

17:10  Closing remarks 

17:20  Networking reception

Confirmed speakers

Dr Amy Nommeots-Nomm, Early Stage Deeptech Investor, Octopus Ventures

Amy-Nommeots-Nomm_Octopus-Ventures_Headshot_554x312.pngAmy holds both a Master's and a Ph.D. in Material Science, and is a chartered engineer. She is an Investor in the Deeptech team at Octopus Ventures, driving their thesis in advanced materials, manufacturing, and semiconductors. Octopus Ventures is an early stage investment fund who have a number of investments in the photonics and quantum space, including Orca Computing, Quantum Motion, and Phlux Technologies.

Edward De Francesco, Programme Manager, Office for Quantum, Department of Science, Innovation, and Technology

Ed-Portrait-(1).jpgEd is the programme manager responsible for overseeing the delivery of the National Quantum Strategy within the Government’s Office for Quantum. The Office is responsible for designing and delivering the UK’s National Quantum Strategy, a 10-year plan to make the UK a leading quantum-enabled economy, backed by £2.5 billion in public funding.

Ed was previously the Chief of Staff at Kneip, part of Deutsche Börse Group, and an Accenture consultant.

Evelyn Toma, Director of Strategy, James Watt Nanofabrication Centre, University of Glasgow

Ed-Portrait-(1).jpgEvelyn has a degree in Microelectronics from the University of Edinburgh and a diploma in Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde.  She spent the first 20 years of her career in Motorola, joining as a graduate and eventually running one of their European Semiconductor Business Units.  She was then Managing Director and shareholder in a successful IT business for almost 10 years, turning the company from loss making to profit and establishing it as a recognised market leader.  Evelyn is currently the Director of Strategy for the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre (JWNC) at the University of Glasgow.  She was part of the team that won funding for the JWNC based Critical Technologies Accelerator – an engineering centre that provides centralised resource to take on industry led, high risk nanofabrication projects.   Evelyn is an active business mentor. 

Dr Loyd McKnight, Head of the Quantum Technologies Business Unit, Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics

Headshot of Loyd McKnightDr Loyd McKnight is Head of the Quantum Technologies Business Unit at Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics (CAP), Glasgow, UK. Fraunhofer CAP is one of the most active participants in the UK’s quantum technologies innovation programme and supports many industry partners in the development of technologies including in quantum sensing, imaging, communication and computing. Dr McKnight has grown this theme at Fraunhofer CAP since 2012 and is an expert in the development of novel laser sources, photon sources and integrated optics which are critical building blocks in many quantum technologies.

Sir Peter Knight, Chair of the Quantum Metrology Institute, National Physical Laboratory and Chair of the UK National Quantum Technology Programme Strategic Advisory Board

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Peter Knight

 

John Devaney, Quantum Standards Manager, National Physical Laboratory

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John Devaney

How we work with the UK quantum community

NPL has a range of activities and programmes within the quantum ecosystem. We can support development and validate progress in new product development, as well as helping companies focus on the most productive avenues for R&D. Find out more about how we can help you.