From 26 to 28 September 2023, Munich Quantum Valley met in Eichstätt to discuss the progress of the various individual sub-projects over the past year and to identify new synergies and goals for the next years.
For three days, the scientists of the research consortia and lighthouse projects of Munich Quantum Valley as well as the MQV office met for the annual review meeting. In Eichstätt, they presented and discussed the status of their research regarding the common mission of Munich Quantum Valley to build and operate quantum computers in Bavaria.
The nine consortia presented the status of their projects in talks and answered critical questions from their colleagues in the discussion. The so far seven lighthouse projects (LTPs) funded by the Free State of Bavaria within the Munich Quantum Valley, which had started their work in the course of 2023, also presented themselves and their work to the MQV research community. In addition, thematically grouped presentations showcased collaborations across multiple consortia and LTPs.
Especially in these "cross-sectional theme presentations", the strength of Munich Quantum Valley, with its approach to pursue a "full-stack" quantum computing model, became apparent. Knowledge transfer, both between the different layers, from hardware and software to applications, and from research to industry, can be efficiently promoted in this way.
The inspiration for future collaborations that emerged from the presentations could be directly deepened and translated into more concrete plans in intensive parallel sessions in smaller groups. Poster sessions provided an overview of current research results and invited discussions. Apart from the extensive scientific program, there were numerous opportunities for informal exchange and to explore thematic overlaps.
The fact that Munich Quantum Valley has already achieved so many successful interim results just shy of two years after its launch is also due to the excellent leadership of Prof. Dr. Rainer Blatt during this initial period. Prof. Dr. Rudolf Gross, who took over from Blatt as scientific director in July, and the applauding participants once again expressed their sincere thanks in this nice setting.