Bavarian Quantum Computing companies in Munich Quantum Valley sign declaration of intent

Minister-President Söder and the respective presidents of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Ludwig Maximilian University, the MPG, and TUM jointly sign a declaration of intent.

The scientists in Munich Quantum Valley are working towards their goal of constructing a quantum computer capable of outperforming classical computers, secure communication methods, and using the fundamentals of quantum physics to its advantage, among many other milestones. The declaration of intent was signed on January 11, 2021. Among the signers were Bavarian Minister-President Markus Söder, Ministers Hubert Aiwanger and Bernd Sibler as well as the President of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Thomas O. Höllmann, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Bernd Huber, President of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Martin Stratmann, and President of the Technical University of Munich, Thomas F. Hofmann.

The signers: Reimund Neugebauer, Bernd Huber, Thomas O. Höllmann, Markus Söder, Martin Stratmann, Thomas F. Hofmann, Bernd Sibler, and Hubert Aiwanger (from left to right)

The partner organisations aim to advance the Bavarian quantum computing community both at a national and international level over the next 10 years. The Free State of Bavaria will be providing €300 million in support pending approval. €120 million will be released in 2021 and 2022. Munich Quantum Valley is also seeking federal funding, as the federal government has supported the quantum community with €2 billion as part of the quantum stimulus package.

There will be a three-point plan to boost research, development, and education in quantum science and technology, as well as opening up education opportunities. This plan was formulated by the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, and the Technical University of Munich. The plan called for the establishment of a Centre for Quantum Computing and Quantum Technologies (ZQQ), a quantum technology park, and to develop opportunities for training personnel joining the industry and community.

The ZQQ will also be where planning for Bavarian quantum projects is done. Scientists outside of Munich will also get to coordinate with the CQQ and receive funding, new materials, new techniques and methods to measure electric or magnetic fields precisely, or methods for tap-proof quantum cryptography. A new quantum computer for calculations beyond classical systems is also being prepared for construction. It will eventually be available through the cloud and will be the basis for commercial quantum computers in the future. Scientists at the ZQQ will also be developing quantum software and interfaces for classical computers.

The Quantum Technology Park will see high-tech facilities be constructed and open to start-ups and established companies. This will help advance Bavarian quantum so it can compete at the national and international levels. Clean rooms furnished with facilities for nano- and thin-film production and laboratories will be set up in the park. These facilities can be rented out to start-up companies and awarded in the form of service contracts for operators. This environment can boost innovation and development, eventually becoming usable products.

However, Munich Quantum Valley still requires qualified scientists and experts from the industry. Both Munich and Bavaria are among the top echelon in terms of education and training in quantum science and technology. The Quantum Valley’s third pillar will strengthen these areas as well, training professionals to handle intellectual property, quantum technology modules, and more. With this, there can be optimal research conditions and attract more professionals.

The signers were enthusiastic about the future of Bavarian quantum.

‘Munich Quantum Valley is largely due to the initiative of the Walther Meissner Institute of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Under the direction of Rudolf Gross, it has been facilitating top achievements in basic research in quantum physics for decades. In the promising field of quantum computing, the Leibniz Computing Centre of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities is contributing its expertise as a digitization partner for science.’

Thomas O. Höllmann, President of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities

‘The technological leadership in quantum technologies and quantum computing forms a crucial pillar for the technological independence and resilience of Germany and Europe. With the initiative for Munich Quantum Valley, the Bavarian state government is creating excellent conditions for a hub at the interface of basic and application-oriented research with international appeal. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft intends to make a comprehensive contribution to empowering science and industry: at the software level, via the Bavarian Competence Centre for Quantum Security and Data Science together with several Fraunhofer Institutes – the AISEC, IKS, and IIS – as well as via access to the quantum computer we are setting up in Germany together with IBM. At the hardware level, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will assume responsibility for the engineering, manufacturing and system integration of system-critical components. The EMFT provides access to the entire technological spectrum of the Forschungsfabrik Mikroelektronik Deutschland (FMD) research factory.’

Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

‘We very much welcome this initiative. Munich is one of the world’s most important centres in the field of quantum science and the LMU is one of its driving forces. Our joint Cluster of Excellence ‘Munich Centre for Quantum Science and Technology’ brings together highly respected researchers at the Munich location. With the new Munich Quantum Valley, quantum science will make even more significant progress.’

Bernd Huber, President of the Ludwig Maximilian University

‘Quantum Valley Munich builds on the outstanding achievements of Munich as the cradle of German quantum research. In line with our ONE MUNICH strategy, it bundles our diverse strengths across institutional boundaries. Together, we are creating an ecosystem for quantum technologies that can compete with the best in the world and attract international scientific talent to Bavaria.’

Thomas F. Hofmann, President of the Technical University of Munich

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