Northern Prospects of Quantum

Today, the Estonian, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, and Swedish EU Research and Innovation Liaison Offices in Brussels are organizing the seminar “Northern Prospects of Quantum”. This high-level event intends to enable EU and national policymakers to get insights from and interact with the key Nordic and Baltic ecosystem influencers in science and industry within the key emerging area of quantum technologies. The Finnish Permanent Representative to the European Union, Ambassador Markku Keinänen, and the Deputy Permanent Representative, Ambassador Tuuli-Maaria Aalto, also kindly invite the event participants to an evening reception.

The multifaceted group of event speakers represents quantum research communities, business, finance, as well as top-level policymakers from EU and the Nordic and Baltic countries.


30 March 2023 at 09:00 – 17:30, followed by an Evening Reception until 21:00
Venue: Hotel Stanhope, Rue Du commerce 9, 1000 Brussels
Event Moderator: Charlotte Van Velthoven (Geerdink), Charly Speaks

8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Coffee
9:00 – 9:45 Opening of the Event
 Welcome & opening on behalf of the hosts, the Nordic and Baltic EU R&I Liaison offices:
Paula Eerola, President of the Academy of Finland, and Nina Kopola, Director General of Business Finland
 Keynote: EC Perspectives and Introduction to EU Investments in Quantum Technology, Acting Director Gustav Kalbe, DG Connect Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure, the European Commission
9:45 – 10:30 Societal Aspects of Quantum Technologies
This session will discuss the societal aspects of quantum technologies from viewpoints that are topical for policymakers to consider.
Opportunities for quantum research in EU Defence Innovation Scheme, Policy Officer Kristine Rudzite-Stejskala, European Commission, Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space
 Strategic Collaborations for Quantum Technology Workforce and Ecosystem Development, Prof. Jacob Sherson, Aarhus University
 Quantum Technology and Cybersecurity, Prof. Sabrina Maniscalco, Helsinki University (InstituteQ), and CEO & Co-Founder, Algorithmiq Ltd
10:30 – 10:50 Coffee Break
10:50 – 11:50 Recent Evolutions in the Nordic and Baltic Quantum Agendas, and Emerging Collaboration Platforms
This session will highlight the key Nordic and Baltic ecosystems and EU infrastructure collaborations, as well as some key messages emerging to the European level from the Nordic and Baltic countries. The session is intended to provide context and inspiration for all participants.
 Nordic Quantum, Prof. Pertti Hakonen, Aalto University / InstituteQ Nordic Quantum Life Science, Portfolio Manager Ebba Carbonnier, SWElife and Karolinska
 Nordic-Estonian Quantum Computing e-Infrastructure Quest, Dr Veiko Palge, University of Tartu
 European Quantum Software Institute and the Opportunities for Collaboration in Quantum Software, Prof. Andris Ambainis, University of Latvia
Lithuanian International Quantum Cooperation and Incentives for Cooperation, Prof. Gediminas Juzeliūnas, Vilnius University
11:50 – 12:40 Key messages emerging to the European level from the national Nordic and Baltic
quantum agendas
The session comprises a panel discussion with representatives from the Baltic and Nordic countries.
Panel members:
 Sabrina Maniscalco, Prof., Helsinki University (InstituteQ), CEO & Co-Founder, Algorithmiq Ltd
 Gunta Kunakova, Dr, University of Latvia
 Francesco Massel, Prof., University of South-Eastern Norway
 Per Delsing, Prof., WACQT and Chalmers Technical University
 Tadas Paulauskas, Dr, Center for Physical Sciences and Technology
 Peter Krostrup Jeppesen, Prof., Niels Bohr Institute
12:40 – 13:40 Lunch at Stanhope
13:40 – 15:10 Global forerunners and European key players – where is the Quantum business going?
This session will highlight the for-profit companies that are shaping the development of the whole quantum field in Europe and globally. What kind of “bottlenecks” do they see, and how the support from national and European policies could multiply/increase the impact? The session will be preceded by a brief introduction by Nicklas Bergman, Private VC Investor, and EIC Fund Investment Committee member, who also moderates the panel.)
 The Story of IQM, Dr Juha Vartiainen, COO and Co-founder, IQM Ltd
 EIC Quantum Activities, Dr Samira Nik, EIC Programme Manager for Quantum Tech and Electronics
 Panel members:
o Deep Light Vision / Johannes Swartling, CEO (SE)
o QuontrolOx / Vishal Chatrath, CEO and CO-Founder (FI)
o Equinor / Tobi Giesgen, Senior Engineer Technology Management (NO)
o QuCertify / Mohamed Bourennane, Founder (SE)
o SemiQon Technologies / Himadri Majumdar, CEO (FI)
o GScan / Andi Hektor, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder (EE)
o Accenture Baltics / Zane Kalnina, Applied Quantum Computing R&D Project lead (LV)

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