International consortium of 15 institutions and companies coordinated by Dr. hab. Magdalena Stobińska from the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, has obtained funding of a new Innovative Training Networks project “AppQInfo” within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. It is one of 147 projects selected in the 2020 call to which 1509 consortia submitted their applications. The budget of over 4 mln EUR will be used to create jobs and train 15 exceptional young researchers, who will realize their 3-year PhD projects. Each PhD project will include work under supervision of a renowned scientist and a 6-month internship at industrial and scientific units from Europe, Japan and Canada.
The common topic of “AppQInfo” is “Applications and Hardware for Photonic Quantum Information Processing”. Apart from the University of Warsaw, the consortium comprises University of Vienna, University of Padova, University of Oxford, Imperial College London, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Sorbonne University, IBM Research Zurich and ID Quantique. It is accompanied by partners: University of Paderborn, University of Waterloo, University of Geneva, Quandela, NTT and Single Quantum. The range of the innovative projects will cover e.g. quantum communication with satellite technologies, quantum computation and simulations, as well as utilization of quantum integrated photonic circuits. The projects will cover the full spectrum of tasks, from theory to experimental realizations at the best labs and industry. Additionally, the program will be supported by the Industrial Advisory Board, which will involve e.g. German Space Agency DLR, Airbus and a Polish space-sector company ? CreoTech Instruments. Young researchers will also participate in numerous conferences and workshops organized within the network.
“AppQInfo” is only the fifth MSCA ITN project coordinated by a Polish institution and the second one led by the University of Warsaw. It will start in August 2020 but the launch of the proper training activities is foreseen for the first half of 2021. The requirement for participation in the training is possessing a master?s degree and fulfilling the mobility rules of the MSCA programme. The recruitment start later this year.