German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder show their support for Quantum by visiting Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder visited the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching near Munich, one of the key places in quantum research in the world, to observe the cutting edge of science. Bavaria has recently funded a new Munich Quantum Valley initiative with s 300 million euro package, while the German Federal State provides two billion for quantum research as part of its economic stimulus package. The visit cements the interest of the German Quantum industry which has a long history of innovation dating back to the early days of computing with Zuse.

It’s great to see the passion, the verve with which work is done here. I am deeply impressed by what is already being done

German Chancellor Angela Merkel 
The experiments at MPQ in Immanuel Bloch’s group of Quantum Many-Body Systems are some of the world’s leading experimental systems in which the most complex quantum calculations to date on material science questions are investigated.

“The Chancellor and the Prime Minister were highly interested in our institute’s research and posed a lot of questions, even extending their visit beyond the time that was originally planned. “For us it was an exciting and extraordinary visit, which took a lot of effort to organise. I want to thank everyone who contributed to the success of this event, “

Immanuel Bloch, currently the Managing Director of MPQ