Quantum Future Academy 2023: Young researchers visit Israel

The Quantum Future Academy (QFA) is a bi-national event that brings together students from Israel and Germany in two week-long academies on quantum technologies. The first part of the program in Israel takes place this week.

Under the motto "Today’s insights for tomorrow's experts", 30 students from a total of 18 universities in Israel and Germany will gain an exclusive insight into quantum research.

In addition to an interdisciplinary introduction to research and industrial applications of quantum technologies, the program also includes networking, with both, scientists, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and founders, as well as with each other across city and country borders.

Lectures, lab tours, cultural exchange, socializing: The QFA in Israel

The project week in Israel is in full swing this week: At the participating institutions in Jerusalem, Rehovot, Haifa and Tel Aviv, participants will hear lectures on a wide variety of topics in the field of quantum science – from quantum cryptography to quantum thermodynamics. The visits are rounded up with tours through the laboratories.

In group workshops, students also have the opportunity to actively develop and present their own projects. Six participants each take a closer look at a possible quantum computing platform (based on either neutral atoms, superconducting qubits, quantum dots, photons or ions). In the process, they can also get to know each other better: promoting the German–Israeli friendship is one of the goals of the Quantum Future Academy. Guided tours of the city give the students an impression of Israel and its culture.

Reunion in Germany in autumn

After an intense week in Israel, Munich Quantum Valley, together with the other organizers, is looking forward to welcoming the students to Munich in the fall. In Germany, too, a varied program of lectures, networking and cultural events awaits. For the participants, this also means meeting new friends again.

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 Quantum Valley (MQV) and the Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST), the German Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF) and the VDI Technology Center.

Cooperation partners in Israel that participants visited this week are the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS), the Technion, and Bar Ilan University (BIU).