Otaniemi & Kumpula

The first-ever InstituteQ Annual Symposium 2023 enables exchanging ideas and offers a window into recent developments within InstituteQ. It's intended to invigorate national quantum collaboration and provide an opportunity to hear distinguished international speakers discuss topics relevant for the quantum community.

This year the symposium focuses on highlighting and further refining key research directions in Finnish quantum technology. These include, for example, quantum materials, devices, algorithms and software. Get to know the full programme below.

Invited Speakers

Research Director Hélène Bouchiat, CNRS
Director Ebba Carbonnier, Swelife, Karolinska Institutet
Research Director Simon Devitt, University of Technology Sydney
Professor Christopher Eichler, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität
Professor Göran Johansson, WACQT, Chalmers University of Technology
Professor Charles Marcus, Niels Bohr Institute and University of Washington
Professor Vladimir Manucharyan, EPFL
Professor Zhipei Sun, Aalto University


Wednesday 6. September - Science Day at Otaniemi
Venue: Aalto University Undergraduate Centre

Focus 1: Materials AND Focus 2: Devices & Information
Chair: Mika Sillanpää
8.30 Coffee

9.00 InstituteQ Presentation
9.10 Revealing Dissipation-less Edge Currents in Low Dimensional Quantum Materials, Hélène Bouchiat

10.00 Coffee

10.30 Phase Transitions in Josephson Arrays, Charles Marcus
11.20 Flash talks I

12.00 Lunch

Chair: Esko Keski-Vakkuri
13.30 NISQ Computing and the Path to Fault Tolerance, Simon Devitt
14.20 Flash talks II

15.00 Coffee

15.30 Quantum Life Science, Ebba Carbonnier
16.30 Group discussions on

1) Materials, Chair: Jose Lado
2) Devices & Information, Chair: Sorin Paraoanu

17.30 Posters, snacks & drinks
19.00 End of the day

Thursday 7. September - Science Day at Kumpula
Venue: University of Helsinki Exactum

Focus 3: Algorithms and software AND Focus 4: Applications and societal impact
Chair: Mikko Möttönen
8.30 Coffee

9.00 InstituteQ Presentation
9.10 Atomically-engineered Photonics & Optoelectronics, Zhipei Sun

10.00 Coffee

10.30 Building Superconducting Quantum Hardware Towards Error-Corrected Quantum Computing, Christopher Eichler
11.20 Flash talks III

12.00 Lunch

Chair: Jukka K. Nurminen
13.30 WACQT: Hardware and Use-cases Update, Göran Johansson
14.20 Flash talks IV

15.00 Coffee

15.30 Photon-photon Interaction Beyond cross-Kerr Physics in cQED, Vladimir Manucharyan
16.30 Group discussions on

3) Algorithms & software, Chair: Alexandru Paler
4) Applications and societal impact, Chair: Visa Vesterinen

17.30 Posters, snacks and drinks
19.00 End of the day

Practical info


The symposium takes place at the Otaniemi campus of the Aalto University and Kumpula campus of the University of Helsinki. Street addresses of the respective locations are:

Aalto University
Lecture hall U4, Undergraduate Center
Otakaari 1 (M-entrance)
02150 Espoo

University of Helsinki
Lecture hall B123, Exactum
Pietari Kalmin katu 5
00560 Helsinki

Posters and flash talks

  • Poster sessions are held on both days at the immediate vicinity of the main lecture hall.
    Session 1 (6. September): 1) Materials, 2) Devices & information
    Session 2 (7. September): 3) Algorithms & software, 4) Applications
  • The posters should be mounted at latest during the lunch break on each day.
  • All participants are requested to print out their posters prior to the event. There is no printing service available on site.
  • The dimensions of the poster should not exceed A0 (85 cm wide x 119 cm high).
  • The text, illustrations, etc. should be bold enough to be read from a distance of two meters.
  • Pins for mounting the posters will be available.
  • Remember to dismount your poster at the end of the day. All posters left in the venue will be discarded.

Flash talks
  • InstituteQ group leaders are requested to give a maximum 5+2 minute flash talk to introduce their quantum science and technology related group activities each day.
  • Maximum four slides (.pdf format) per flash talk is allowed.
  • The slides should be pre-delivered to the organisers by 4 September. Send them by e-mail to minna.gunes(AT)aalto.fi. Name your file as follows: surname_focus_flash-talk_session number (Example: "Gunes_algorithms and software_flash-talk_session 1")
  • All flash-talks will be compiled into a single file for each session to avoid delays while changing between presenters.
  • Please begin your presentation with an introduction of yourself, your organisation, and your organisation's primary research interests. For the rest of the presentation, explain the essence of your work.


For questions, contact:
Academic Coordinator Bernadette Gehl-Väisänen, or
Senior Academic Coordinator Minna Günes,

Privacy notice for Aalto University events


Registration is open until August 17, 2023. All registered participants will get an automatic confirmation e-mail via the registration system.

Link to registration

The participation is free of charge for the InstituteQ members. The scientific program is open and free for anyone. Coffee and meals must be covered separately by any non-members. Travel costs of participants will not be covered.


Pertti Hakonen, Aalto University, chair
Sorin Paraoanu, Aalto University, vice-chair
Jose Lado, Aalto University, vice-chair
Alexandru Paler, Aalto University, vice-chair
Esko Keski-Vakkuri, University of Helsinki, vice-chair
Visa Vesterinen, VTT, vice-chair

Minna Günes, Aalto University
Bernadette Gehl-Väisänen, Aalto University
Taina Harden, University of Helsinki