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French President Emmanuel Macron visits Université Paris-Saclay to unveil national strategy for quantum technologies

Research Article published on 28 January 2021 , Updated on 29 January 2021

On Thursday 21 January 2021, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the launch of the French Quantum Plan during a visit to the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (C2N - CNRS/Univ. Paris-Saclay). Paris-Saclay’s quantum technology centre, Quantum, is one of the field’s most promising ecosystems.

During a visit to Université Paris-Saclay on 21 January, French President Emmanuel Macron visited the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (C2N – CNRS/ Univ. Paris-Saclay), where he announced the launch of France’s national quantum strategy. The five-year €1.8 billion plan is set to establish France, and more generally Europe, as leaders in the global quantum computing race.

In November 2019, Université Paris-Saclay announced the creation of Quantum, Paris-Saclay’s interdisciplinary centre for quantum sciences and technologies. The centre’s world-class research is led by teams from Saclay, working within Université Paris-Saclay and its constituent institutes and faculties, various laboratories, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology (INRIA) and the Institut Polytechnique de Paris.

QUANTUM is ready for the second quantum revolution:

  • Meet major quantum challenges through fundamental, technological and interdisciplinary research
  • Develop new interdisciplinary, full-time academic and continuing education programmes
  • Support innovation and attract top talent
  • Establish early links between academic research, innovation and industries and promote industrial transfer.

Through its engineering schools, the Institut d’Optique, CentraleSupélec, the Ecole Normale Paris Saclay, and its associate member universities, Université Paris-Saclay provides full-time academic programmes for a large number of students. These courses contribute to the research and development of quantum technologies.

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