9 September 2023

The Quantum Future Academy (QFA) brings together young talents in the field of quantum technologies. This year, for the first time, it was an bi-national event - students from Israel and Germany attended two one-week academies about quantum technologies. The first part took place in Israel in February. The second week-long academy in Germany concluded this year's program.

Quantum Future Academy: Today's insights for tomorrow's experts

What an exciting week it has been, as the Quantum Future Academy 2023 (QFA 2023) unfolded in Munich and concluded in Berlin. Twenty-three students representing 18 universities from both Israel and Germany gathered once again, this time in Munich to for the second part on the Quantum Future Academy.

The week-long program kicked-off with a trip to the picturesque Spitzingsee, setting the stage for a week filled with immersive experiences.

Participants had the unique opportunity to delve into the heart of Munich's thriving quantum ecosystem. They visited various research groups at our partner institutions, which included introductory scientific talks, laboratory tours, and site visits, as well as many networking opportunities. A visit to the Toptica site further enriched their understanding of the local quantum landscape. These visits provided a firsthand look at the groundbreaking research and development happening in the field of quantum technologies in the Munich area.

Empowering Quantum Innovators: Highlights from the QFA in Munich

During a dedicated industry session, attendees engaged in valuable networking opportunities with university spin offs start-ups, and established companies in the quantum industry. The session allowed participants to gain valuable insights into the practical applications of quantum technologies and establish connections that could shape their future careers.

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The scientific program also featured hands-on workshops that equipped students with the tools and knowledge needed to create their own pitches based on real-world use cases for quantum technologies. These workshops empowered the next generation of quantum innovators to explore the endless possibilities of this emerging field.

However, it wasn't all work and no play! A lively social program added a vibrant and dynamic dimension to the week's schedule, ensuring participants had plenty opportunities for cultural exchange, to connect, and foster lasting friendships.

As the week drew to a close, the QFA participants traveled to Berlin to present their ideas for applications in quantum technologies in a pitch contest in front of a jury of experts. The culmination of their efforts was met with great enthusiasm, marking the successful completion of the QFA journey.

We were thrilled to co-host the event with our partner Munich Quantum Valley, and look forward to the ripple effects of the ideas and connections formed during this unforgettable week.

Read about the QFA 2023 in Israel here.

About the Quantum Future Academy

The Academy is organized by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Israeli Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology (MOST) and the German Embassy in Tel Aviv in cooperation with the Weizmann Institute of Science, the Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST), the Munich Quantum Valley (MQV), the German Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF), and the VDI Technology Center.

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