His Majesty the King Willem-Alexander and President Emmanuel Macron will pay an official visit to the Quantum Gases & Quantum Information Lab at the University of Amsterdam today. This visit focuses on the Dutch-French collaboration in this and other fields, at the time that it highlights the importance of developing an open European strategic autonomy in quantum, to make the EU less dependent and more secure.
As an opportunity to showcase the facilities where pioneering research in the field of matter waves is conducted, Prof. Florian Schreck and Prof. Philippe Bouyer will lead the tour and explain to the King and President Macron how this project can improve future quantum sensors. The lab, one of Quantum Delta NL’s testbeds for the Quantum Sensing catalyst programme, is also involved in the Quantum Computing catalyst programme, in collaboration with Eindhoven University of Technology.
Furthermore, the ambition is for the lab to become one of the hubs of a European shared metrology network that uses quantum sensors for various applications related to climate change, such as floods, dikes, and changes in the oceans. The visit of the King and President Macron responds to the agenda that covers the trilateral cooperation between the Netherlands, France and Germany, under the recently signed MoU.
Following the lab tour, the King and President Macron will attend a round table discussion on European technological sovereignty with CEOs, scientists, and investors, a topic that grasps on the importance of strengthening the European deep tech ecosystem in the context of the EU Chips Act and Quantum technology. This discussion will underline the significance of quantum technology for Europe’s open strategic autonomy.
The visit to UvA is part of the two-day state visit of President Macron to the Netherlands that reaffirms the excellent relationship between both countries and aims to deepen cooperation, particularly in the areas of innovation, sustainability, and security towards a stronger, greener and safer Europe.