The evidence session will take place at 2pm to 4.30pm on Thursday, June 28 at Kelvin Hall. The committee will take evidence from two of the national quantum technology programme hubs, other academics and industry representatives.
There will also be an opportunity to meet researchers and find out more about the emerging technologies being developed through industrial collaboration by QuantIC, the UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Enhanced Imaging based at the University of Glasgow. These include imaging systems that can detect gas leaks, see around corners, sensors that will open up new applications in biological imaging and an ultrasensitive gravimeter that has applications in oil prospecting and volcano monitoring.
Quantum technologies have been selected by the government as one of 14 core industrial challenges to be tackled through its Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The industrial strategy itself announced that the quantum technology sector will be allocated £20 million of pioneer funding and be the subject of a minister-led review. This follows the establishment of the National Quantum Technologies Programme in 2013, and a Government Office for Science report on quantum technologies in 2016.