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About 1.2 million euros for doctoral scholarships

As part of the Munich Quantum Valley (MQV) initiative, the Free State of Bavaria is supporting six outstanding doctoral students in their research in the field of quantum sciences with doctoral scholarships of around 200,000 euros each. The internationally selected top talents will conduct research at the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (LMU) and the Technical University of Munich (TUM).


Nearly 17 million euros funding for Lighthouse Projects

With funds from the Hightech Agenda Bavaria, the Free State of Bavaria is supporting five basic-research projects in the field of quantum sciences with a total of about 17 million euros as part of the Munich Quantum Valley initiative. Acknowledging the expertise available at universities and research institutions throughout Bavaria, the interdisciplinary and cross-university Lighthouse Projects promote Bavaria's leading role in the field of quantum technologies.


Max-Planck scientists found planqc to build highly scalable quantum computer

Quantum computing startup planqc today announced a financing round of EUR 4.6 million led by UVC Partners and Speedinvest. With this funding, planqc will develop a highly scalable quantum computer operating at room temperature that is based on atoms trapped in optical lattices. planqc was founded by a team of scientists from the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics and Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and is the first startup to emerge from Munich Quantum Valley, one of the leading quantum technology hubs in Europe.


First Bavarian Distinguished Professorship awarded

The first Bavarian Distinguished Professorship has been awarded to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Wille, who previously taught in Linz and now holds the newly established Chair for Design Automation at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). As part of Bavaria’s Hightech Agenda, the Distinguished Professorship Program is intended to bring standout scientific experts to Bavarian universities. Each appointment made in the program is endowed with as much as five million euros for five years.


Around 20 million euros for new professorships in Bavaria

The universities in Augsburg, Würzburg, Erlangen-Nuremberg and Munich, as well as the technical universities of applied sciences in Regensburg and Nuremberg, will receive around twenty million euros in funding from Bavaria's High-Tech Agenda to enable them to further strengthen their profile in quantum sciences and quantum technologies.


When quantum particles fly like bees

A quantum system consisting of only 51 charged atoms can assume more than two quadrillion different states. Calculating the system's behavior is a piece of cake for a quantum simulator. Yet even with todays supercomputers it is almost impossible to verify the result. Researchers of the Munich Quantum Valley (MQV) initiative and the University of Innsbruck have now shown how these systems can be described using equations from the 18th century.


Mikhail Lukin Explores the “New Frontier of Quantum”

The Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST) is hosting a series of three different talks by Harvard physicist and MCQST Distinguished Lecturer Mikhail Lukin in Munich in May.


Fit for quantum: Around one million euros for teaching in quantum technology

Making young scientists fit for quantum technologies: The universities in Augsburg, Bayreuth, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Munich, Regensburg, and Würzburg will each receive around 144,000 euros in funding from the High-Tech Agenda Bavaria.


Call for Lighthouse Projects

The call for Lighthouse Projects for research, development and applications in the area of quantum sciences and quantum technologies is now open. The Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy and the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and Arts funds so-called Lighthouse Projects as a part of the MQV initiative. These projects should use innovative concepts to cover a broad range of quantum sciences and quantum technologies.


Foundation of the Munich Quantum Valley e.V.

Just one year after the Bavarian state government issued its declaration of intent, the founding document was signed ceremonially at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities to mark the formal establishment of the Munich Quantum Valley as a registered association. Supplementing the funding of 300 million euros from Bavaria’s Hightech Agenda the initiative’s members have already raised federal funds totaling more than 80 million euros.


Minister Aiwanger hands over funding to FhG and MPG institutes

The Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger has handed over funding certificates totaling 52 million euros for the development of a Bavarian quantum computer.


"It’s so great to see the passion, the verve, with which the work is done here“

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder are delighted by their impressions into research and networks at MPQ and express their further support.

Quantum research could be the spring of the next big technological revolution and a seed for wealth. A good reason for German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder to visit the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching near Munich, one of the top places in quantum research in the world, to see the current state of science and its prospects for the future. The State of Bavaria has recently funded the new Munich Quantum Valley initiative with 300 million euros, while the German Federal State provides 2 billion for quantum research as part of its economic stimulus package. The MPQ plays a central role in this development due to its world-renowned expertise and excellent international networks.


BMW supports new TUM endowed chair with 5.1 million euros

The BMW Group will support future research on quantum computers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The contract establishing the endowed chair for Quantum Algorithms and Applications ("Quantenalgorithmen und -anwendungen") was signed by TUM president Thomas F. Hofmann, BMW AG Board of Management member Frank Weber and BMW AG CIO Alexander Buresch.


Munich Quantum Valley kicks off

Bavaria's leading scientists and universities kick off a new research initiative to promote quantum science and develop new quantum technologies. The Free State of Bavaria is supporting the project with 300 million euros.