Finnish
Quantum
Agenda

What is it


The Finnish Quantum Agenda is a collaboration between Finnish quantum experts, coordinated by InstituteQ. The agenda defines the key messages of the Finnish quantum science and technology (QST) community in order to secure the long-term development efforts that are critical for Finland. The goal for the agenda is to serve as the basis of a possible national quantum strategy. The first version of the agenda is anticipated to be ready by December 2022.

Who's involved?


The Finnish Quantum Agenda is written by members of the Finnish QST community. They are quantum science and technology experts from various Finnish universities, research organisations, and companies. The preparation of the agenda paper is led by the Working Group.



The Finnish Quantum Agenda Working Group

  • Heikki Mannila, Professor, Aalto University (chair)
  • Jukka Pekola, Professor, InstituteQ and Aalto University
  • Pertti Hakonen, Professor, Aalto University
  • Caterina Foti, Postdoc, Aalto University
  • Sabrina Maniscalco, Professor, University of Helsinki
  • Jukka Nurminen, Professor, University of Helsinki
  • Himadri Majumdar, Quantum Program Manager, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)
  • Pekka Pursula, Research Manager, VTT
  • Robert Fickler, Professor, Tampere University
  • Tero Heikkilä, Professor, University of Jyväskylä
  • Matti Silveri, Academy Research Fellow, University of Oulu
  • Kimmo Luoma, Collegium Researcher, University of Turku
  • Andreas Norrman, Assistant Professor, University of Eastern Finland
  • Mikael Johansson, Quantum Strategist, CSC
  • Matti Sarén, President and CEO, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences
  • Markku Räsänen, Advisor, IQM Finland
  • Vishal Chatrath, CEO, QuantrolOx
  • Minna Günes, Senior Academic Coordinator, InstituteQ and Aalto University

Why is it important?


The world is living through a quantum boom. The boom is manifested by media, investors, companies, and institutions that are entering into the field with big expectations and big promises. The opportunities these new technologies are expected to bring about are debated on several forums around the world. What appears to be commonly acknowledged is the need to secure availability of competent people in order to efficiently benefit from these technologies. Many countries have taken initiatives to define a national quantum agenda or strategy. These documents address objectives and measures that are critical for future prospects and spell out the national priorities. So far, Finland has not had a national agenda of its own.

Finland has a long and successful history in QST. This broad and rich area of research and development ranges from fundamental understanding of quantum phenomena and materials to ways of controlling and manipulating them in a manner that allows the building of carefully designed nanostructures, devices, and applications that find practical use in our society. Finnish expertise in QST is internationally recognized. For decades, the community has taken important steps, leading to gradual emergence of the Finnish quantum ecosystem.

The Finnish quantum agenda work, set in motion by the InstituteQ, will allow us to push forward the critical national efforts, as well as to broaden the InstituteQ community to become truly nation-wide.


How to contribute


You can contribute to the drafting of the Finnish Quantum Agenda. One way is to contact a member of the working group from your organisation or chair Heikki Mannila directly. You can also participate in the quantum community event organized on 31 October at Aalto to make your voice heard.


Another moment to contribute is the hearing, where comments to the agenda are collected from the research and technology leaders who registered to the community event earlier fall. Watch this space and follow us on Twitter for further info!

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