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International Experts Convene for Swiss-Japanese Quantum Symposium 2024

The Swiss-Japanese Quantum Symposium 2024 attracted high-level researchers and experts from academia, industry and government for a lively exchange on the latest developments in quantum technology.

From June 5-7 at the University of Tokyo, the first Swiss-Japanese Quantum Symposium successfully brought together approximately 185 young and prominent researchers and specialists to share knowledge and explore potential collaborations in quantum science and technology. Approximately 20% were international participants, underlining the high level of scientific research conducted in the two countries.

The event was co-organized by RIKEN, Japan’s largest comprehensive research institution, and the Science and Technology Office Tokyo (STO), Embassy of Switzerland in Japan, in collaboration with the two scientific co-chairs, Prof. Daniel Loss from the University of Basel and Prof. Yasunobu Nakamura from the RIKEN Center for Quantum Computing (RQC). The three-day symposium created a unique opportunity for lively exchanges between researchers at various stages and levels, as the auditorium was filled by over 100 interested participants each day.

On the occasion of the symposium, members of the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan and representatives of the Swiss Quantum Initiative and Swiss Quantum Commission held a first meeting to discuss the support of advancements in quantum research and collaboration between the two countries.

The Welcome Dinner hosted at the Swiss Residence by the Ambassador of Switzerland to Japan, Dr. Andreas Baum, on Tuesday, June 4, officially inaugurated the symposium. The event marks another celebration of the 160-year anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Starting on Wednesday, June 5, the symposium featured an intense schedule of 38 presentations showcasing a wide range of quantum science and technology topics. In addition to the mainly academic sessions, two sessions were focused on industry.

The symposium also included two poster sessions with 38 contributors. These provided an interactive platform for researchers to present their work, engage in discussions, and receive feedback. The posters covered a variety of topics, from experimental quantum physics to theoretical models and applications of quantum technologies. The poster sessions were valuable for early-career researchers, offering them opportunities to present their work and gain insights from more experienced scientists.

On the final day of the conference, attendees enjoyed a special performance of “Tinguely Entangled,” an audiovisual experience at the intersection of quantum physics, live and electronic music, visual arts, and poetry, presented for the first time outside Switzerland.

The Swiss-Japanese Quantum Symposium concluded with participants expressing enthusiasm for the new relationships built during these three days, which helped strengthen ties of the Swiss-Japanese quantum network.

More details on the program and sponsors: https://swissnex.org/event/ch-jp-quantum-2024/