QuantERA Call 2017 Pre-Announcement


In January 2017 the QuantERA Consortium, coordinated by the National Science Centre (Poland), will announce a Call for Proposals in the field of quantum technologies.

Thematic scope of proposals should include one or more of the following areas:

  1. Quantum communication
  2. Quantum simulation
  3. Quantum computation
  4. Quantum information sciences
  5. Quantum metrology sensing and imaging
  6. Novel ideas and applications in quantum science and technologies

To know more go here.

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Workshop on Quantum Materials and Technologies, Santiago de Compostela, July 17-21 2017

The topical Solid State Group from the Spanish Royal Society of Physics, GEFES-RSEF,  will organize a 2-day symposium on “Quantum Materials and Technologies”  on July 18-19, 207,  at the RSEF biennial meeting that will take place in Santiago de Compostela on 17-21 July, 2017. The symposium will take

This symposium seeks to put together the rising concept of quantum materials, which comprises emergent phenomena in condensed matter physics, and quantum technologies, which aim to manipulate the quantum world for the development of conceptually new devices. Both topics are strongly related, for the comprehension of the ultimate consequences of quantum interactions is a necessary condition for the realization of what has already been coined as the Second Quantum Revolution.

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2016 GEFES prize to best theoretical thesis

QuantaLab member receives award on “Best theoretical Condensed Matter Physics PhD Thesis”


QuantaLab member José Luis Lado (INL), has received the award to the best PhD thesis of the academic year 2015-16. The prize is awarded by  the topical group on Solid State Physics  (GEFES) from  Spanish Royal Society of Physics (RSEF).  José Luis Lado made his PhD under the supervision of QuantaLab member Joaquín Fernández-Rossier (INL),   doing research on Quantum Materials, more specifically, studying “Topological electronic Phases in Graphene“.


The award ceremony will be held at the symposium on “Quantum Materials and Quantum Technologies” organized by GEFES at the next RSEF biennial meeting in July 2017.

Workshop on Quantum Technologies in Portugal

The Research and Industry Community of Portugal working in Quantum Technologies was invited to gather at the Academy of Sciences in Lisbon to participate in the “Workshop on Quantum Technologies in Portugal“, held on November 25 (2016). The president of the FCT, Paulo Ferrão opened the event and the head of the European Quantum Technologies Flagship Initiative, Gustav Kalbe gave insights into the process of building the Flagship initiative, inviting us to contribute via contacting the international expert group that is currently shaping the roadmap for the flagship. The timeline of the EC-supported initiative involves a ramp-up phase starting with a 26 countries participating in a QuantERA COFUND program – the largest ERA-NET ever created, which is expected to open its call in January 2017.

Invited speakers from various Portuguese institutions were presenting, including: Armando Pinto (IT&UAveiro) and Paulo Mateus (IT&IST), Bruno Gonçalves (IPFN), Helder Crespo (U Porto, Sphere Photonics), Diana Leitao (INESC-MN & IST), Yasser Omar (IT & IST) and Jana Nieder (QuantaLab, INL).

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3rd Forum on Quantum Technologies in Madrid



Last November 3rd,  a Forum on Quantum Technologies, third in a series initiated by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, took place  at the CSIC Campus in Madrid. The meeting served to provide up-to-date information on the Flagship program on Quantum Technologies, that is taking as inspiration the ideas from the Quantum Manifesto and a broad consultation of the scientific and industrial stakeholders. A this moment the Flagship is being shaped by an international committee of experts, whose goal is to create a draft of the scientific and governance documents, to be discussed at various European institutions.

1st Workshop on Quantum Materials and Quantum Technologies



The first scientific event of  QuantaLab,  a workshop on Quantum Materials and Quantum Technologies,  took place last  September 13-14  (2016) at INL.  More than 70 researchers, mostly from INL and UM, attended the workshop.




TUESDAY, September 13, 2016

09:00     Registration

09:30     Opening remarks by the organizers
Fernández-Rossier (INL) and N. M. R. Peres (UMinho)

10:00     Quantum clicks: Hacking APDs and Making TES Detectors Fast
Invited Talk: Antia Lamas-Linares (TACC, U. Texas, Austin)


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INL and UMinho launch joint laboratory – the Quanta Lab

quanta_lab_s_homeThe INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory and  the University of Minho (UM)   have joined forces to create a joint laboratory. The Quanta Lab is devoted to research and training on Quantum Materials and Quantum Technologies, two cutting edge research areas that address several of the most important and fundamental questions in Materials Science and Condensed Matter Physics, and hold the promise of a new wave of technological innovations that is known as the second quantum revolution.


The creation of the new centre was officially announced July 1, 2016. The Director General of INL, Lars Montelius, and the Rector of the University of Minho, António Cunha, signed the agreement in a ceremony presided over by the Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor.


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