Quantum Technology Centre Launch

Wed 28 - Thu 29 May 2014
Conference Centre, Lancaster University

People with an interest in quantum technologies are invited to the launch of the first phase of the Quantum Technology Centre at Lancaster University.

Quantum technologies are considered to be those that harness quantum physics to gain a functionality or performance which is otherwise unattainable through classical physics.

The centre, which is benefiting from more than £6 million of investments in facilities from the university, is a highly-significant development for Lancashire and the North West as the Government pushes regions to identify smart technologies that can give them a competitive advantage and drive economic growth.

The centre will build on Lancaster's status as home to the UK's top-ranked physics department for research quality, will exploit the behaviour of matter at atomic/sub-atomic levels to create new products for computing, communications, measurement, medical diagnostic, and a range of technologically-disruptive applications - making existing technologies obsolete.

Launch of the first phase

This phase will be officially launched on Wednesday 28th May from 4pm with key note speakers focusing on the importance of quantum technologies followed by a wine reception at an exhibition of Lancaster's research expertise and companies working in this area.

An evening dinner with our Vice Chancellor and all speakers will provide an excellent networking opportunity for businesses working in quantum technology sector.

On Thursday May 29th a full day conference will feature a series of short talks from academia, the public sector, and industry (including Tyndall, e2v, NEC, Cryogenic, Aalto University, Aivon Oy, Nokia Research Centre, the Knowledge Transfer Network, and the NPL), and again provide excellent networking opportunities for delegates.

Exhibition of research and industry

Posters outlining cutting-edge research being undertaken at Lancaster University will be mixed with a free opportunity for businesses to promote their organisation in an exhibition space used for all breakout sessions.

Network and meet

Delegates on both days of the event will include representatives from local small and medium enterprises, large organisations, the public sector and academia.

Delegates are invited to attend either one part or both the launch and the conference.

Official Launch - Wednesday 28th May


16:00 - Arrivals and refreshments in exhibition

16:30 - Key note speakers

Professor Mark E. Smith, Vice Chancellor of Lancaster University

The importance of Quantum Technologies
Professor David Delpy, Chair of the Quantum Technology Programme Strategic Advisory Board

Funding Innovation
Dr Lesley Thompson, Director of Sciences and Engineering at the EPSRC

Quantum Technology: An Industrial Perspective
Hermann Hauser CBE, Amedeus Capital Partners

Regional Collaboration for Advanced Science and Technologies
Professor Stephen Yeates, Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Engineering and Physcial Sciences at the University of Manchester

The Lancaster Quantum Technology Centre
Professor Yuri Pashkin, Co-Director of the Quantum Technology Centre

17:45 - Official opening and wine reception in exhibition

Conference - Thursday 29th May





Arrival and refreshments in exhibition


Welcome by Professor Tony Krier


Theme 1: Semiconductor Nanostructures and Quantum Devices

Prof. Colin Lambert, Lancaster University
Prof. Eoin O'Reilly, Tyndall Centre
Dr Manus Hayne, Lancaster University
Marc Saunders, e2v


Theme 2: Superconducting Quantum Circuits

Dr Jaw-Shen Tsai, Riken
Prof. Yuri Pashkin, Lancaster University
Dr Jeremy Good, Cryogenic Limited


Refreshments in exhibition


Theme 3: Quantum Technologies at ultra-low temperatures

Prof. Jukka Pekola, Aalto University
Prof. George Pickett, Lancaster University
Dr Leif Roschier, Aivon Oy


Networking lunch in exhibition


Take a guided tour of the Physics Department, including

  • New £4m class 100 clean room equipped with electron beam lithography, UV photolithography, inductively coupled plasma processing, thin-film deposition and plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition
  • New cryogen-free dilution refrigerator system
  • Ultra-low temperature facilities
  • Molecular beam epitaxial reactors for growth of nanostructures
  • Scanning probe and nanoscale microscopy characterisation facilities


Theme 4: Quantum Information

Dr Hongwei Li, Nokia Research Centre
Dr Robert Young, Lancaster University
Jonathan Abra, Knowledge Transfer Network


Refreshments in exhibition


Theme 5: Quantum Nanomechanics and 2D materials

Dr JT Janssen, National Physical Laboratory
Dr Leonid Ponomarenko, Lancaster University
Dr Oleg Kolosov, Lancaster University
Dr Bart van den Berg, NANORA


Closing thoughts by Professor Tony Krier