Surrey hosts Quantum Technologies Winter School
The ‘Quantum Technologies Winter School’, organised by the University of Surrey and held at the Old Thorns Manor Hotel in Hampshire from 25–27 January 2015, saw 29 postgraduate researchers from prestigious UK universities learn about experimental and theoretical topics in quantum technologies.
Surrey hosted the three-day workshop in partnership with the South East Physics Network (SEPnet), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the University of Sussex.
The symposium comprised of various talks and workshops, bringing in external speakers from institutions such as the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), IBM, University College London (UCL) and the University of Oxford. Oxford Instruments also sponsored the poster session and drinks reception.
Dr Steven Clowes, Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) postgraduate research director, said, “I’m always looking at ways in which we can enhance our training provision for our PhD students. The original idea for the winter school originated from my involvement in the organisation of EU-funded Erasmus summer schools in Crete over the past two years. I discussed the idea with the University of Surrey’s Researcher Development Programme, which then led to successful funding from SEPnet and the EPSRC. The event went extremely well. The talks were fantastic, and there was a really good energy around the place – particularly during the poster session. The residential setting of the winter school gave students the opportunity to network with fellow researchers across the SEPnet universities, and have valuable discussions with academics. It’s an exciting time for quantum technologies, as the pace of scientific advance is accelerating and the potential impact of these technologies is enormous. Our early career researchers who attended the winter school will have some very exciting times ahead.”
Surrey PhD student Robert Simmons said, “The winter school was a great opportunity to learn about the current state of quantum technologies. It was especially helpful having speakers from different fields and schools of thought to demonstrate the many different approaches involved when developing novel technologies. […] It was a real benefit to everybody to be able to have face-time with academics and industrial representatives outside of the talks […] to discuss ideas in a less formal environment.”