A launch event for the Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies, a new International Research Agenda unit

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The Foundation for Polish Science is happy to inform you that an event celebrating the official launch of a new research unit created within the FNP’s International Research Agendas programme will take place on 21 June.

The Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies, led by Professor Konrad Banaszek, will conduct complex research on optical systems at the quantum level with the aim of developing entirely new methods of communication, detection, metrology, imaging, and other practical applications. The unit will located at the University of Warsaw and will collaborate with the University of Oxford as a strategic partner. The project has been created thanks to PLN 35 million in financial support from the International Research Agendas programme (Competition 4/2017), co-financed from the Smart Growth Operational Programme (Measure 4.3).

Venue: Centre of New Technologies, Banacha 2c, 02-097 Warszawa, Lecture Hall 0142 (Ground floor)

Event Agenda:

9:30 Opening | prof. Agnieszka Chacińska, Director, Centre of New Technologies

9:35 Welcome | prof. Marcin Pałys, Rector, University of Warsaw

9:45 International Research Agenda Programme | Prof. Maciej Żylicz, President, Foundation for Polish Science

9:55 Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies | Prof. Konrad Banaszek,

Director of the International Research Agenda Unit

10:05 UK National Quantum Technology Programme | Prof. Sir Peter L. Knight FRS,

Imperial College London

10:25 Discussion panel

  • Prof. Zbigniew Błocki, Director, National Science Centre Poland
  • Prof. Sir Peter L. Knight FRS, Imperial College London
  • Prof. Marek Kuś, Center for Theoretical Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Prof. Maciej Żylicz, President, Foundation for Polish Science

11:15 Coffee break



11:45 Privacy for the paranoid ones – the ultimate limits of secrecy

Prof. Artur K. Ekert FRS, University of Oxford and National University of Singapore

12:30 Integrated photonics devices for quantum communications

Prof. Paolo Mataloni, Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Università di Roma

13:15 Are there non-trivial quantum effects in Biology? A discussion on light harvesting processes | Prof. Susana Huelga, Universität Ulm

14:00 Lunch break

The presentations and panels will be delivered in English.

We join the organisers of the event in inviting you to take part. Registration for the meeting is still open on a first come first served basis and you can sign up using this link until Sunday, 17 June.

You can find out more about the event here.

See also:

Description of Professor Konrad Banaszek’s project

More information about the ongoing International Research Agendas competition

Guide for applicants in the IRAP competition

Pictured: prof. Konrad Banaszek, photo by OneHD