On 11 November the Government introduced the National Security and Investment Bill into Parliament. Subject to Parliamentary approval, the Bill will update the Government’s powers to scrutinise and intervene in business transactions, such as takeovers, to protect national security.
The Bill proposes to create a mandatory notification requirement for certain types of transactions in key sensitive sectors, of which Quantum Technologies is one. This will require those making investments in the sector to notify and receive approval from government before completing certain types of transactions.
As a result, Government will be automatically informed of potential transactions in sensitive technology areas and will be able to take action to investigate and mitigate any national security risks. It is worth clarifying however, that the vast majority of transactions are not expected to be called in.
Alongside the introduction of the Bill, Government has also launched a public consultation on the content and definitions of the sectors which will fall in scope of the mandatory regime. This consultation will close on 06 January 2021.
The consultation document can be accessed at the GOV.UK website.
We would welcome your views on the definitions of quantum technologies in this consultation document to ensure that investors and businesses in the sector have certainty about whether they must notify and receive approval for relevant transactions, whilst minimising the burdens placed on them.
The consultation can be responded to via the online survey, or by emailing responses to email@example.com.
If you have queries on the Bill itself, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any queries relating to the quantum technologies sector in particular, please contact email@example.com.
25 November 2020
This webinar will outline the ‘STFC Hartree Centre & Atos Joseph Fourier Prize’ and how to apply.
For more information and to register, please go to the webinar information page.
The 2020 UK Quantum Showcase is ON!
The National Quantum Technology Programme annual showcase will be going ahead as a virtual event on Friday 06 November 2020. The Showcase has been important in increasing the perception of quantum as a crucial technology for the UK and has contributed to the increased funding over recent years. As the government considers its future investment strategy through its Comprehensive Spending Review its vital that the UK has an opportunity to show the value we are building and the progress we are making and we hope you can participate and make the event a success.
Despite going virtual we want to keep the unique proposition the showcase offers as the main opportunity to demonstrate the products and services that quantum is building and the more interactive and engaging the better. We appreciate that time is short now but the organisers wanted to be as clear as possible what was, and wasn’t, going to be feasible in November.
Booking a virtual exhibition package comes with the following benefits:
*The event organisers will work with you to confirm your content and give you a timeslot for your session
Sponsorship packages are also available for those wishing to enhance their presence.
A session outlining the online platform will be held on or around 22 September 2020.
The ISCF Quantum Team would like to invite you to attend one or more of the autumn 2020 ‘Cultivation’ virtual workshops. Delivered in conjunction with the Quantum Hubs these will combine an update on activities in the hubs with a forward look at the next phase of ISCF competitions, currently planned for early 2021. Although still in planning, the latter will give organisations a first look at opportunities for funding from the Quantum ISCF Programme for businesses, universities and research and technology organisations. The four sessions will be delivered alongside the Quantum Hubs in the four main quantum technology themes. Registrations can be made through the following Eventbrite pages.
We look forward to your attendance.
Wednesday 2 October - Thursday 3 October 2019
The Royal Society at Chicheley Hall, home of the Kavli Royal Society International Centre
Organised by Dr Viv Kendon, Sir Peter Knight FRS and Professor Andrew Daley
This is a residential conference, which allows for increased discussion and networking.
For more information and to request an invitation, please visit the conference page at the Royal Society website.
Tuesday 15 October 2019
Royal Society, Cardiff
This one-day international conference held by the Royal Society in Cardiff will bring together experts to explore recent developments in photonic technologies and the future opportunities and challenges that they present.
For further information, please visit the event page for "The future of photonics" at the Royal Society website.
Friday 15 November 2019
QEII Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE
The UK National Quantum Technologies Programme is a UK Government Investment in excess of £600m over 10 years, aimed at accelerating the translation of quantum technologies into the marketplace, boosting British business and making a real difference to our everyday lives. Following on from the four previous national quantum technologies showcase events, the 2019 event will continue to build on the success of previous years, recognising and demonstrating the breadth of current investments and activities undertaken as part of the National Programme and the growing commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK.
The 2019 Showcase is being organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in collaboration with the National Network of Quantum Technology Hubs and the other National Programme Partners.
To attend, please register at the Showcase's Eventbrite page.If you are interested in exhibiting at this year's event, an expression of interest process is underway, closing on 19 June 2019. A full briefing document, including how to express your interest to exhibit, can be found below:
Saturday 16 November 2019
The Theatre, The Royal Institution, London
An opportunity for members of the Public to learn more about Quantum Technologies, the National Quantum Technologies Programme and how the innovative technologies being developed will have an impact on society in the near future.
For more information or to register, visit the "Quantum in the City" event page at the Royal Institution website.
Wednesday 21 August 2019
The UKRI National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) will enhance the UK’s global leadership, allow it to translate its research strength into innovation and produce the first generation of quantum computers that will enable the UK to create a competitive advantage with new products and services. Acting now will allow us to take advantage of the strength and opportunity we generated through the first phase of the National Quantum Technologies Programme.
We invite people in business, academia and government with an interest in Quantum Computing to attend. The event will provide an opportunity to engage about progress on the NQCC programme, and to network with peers.
Friday 9 November 2018
QEII Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE
The UK National Quantum Technologies Programme is a £270m UK Government investment over five years, aimed at accelerating the translation of quantum technologies into the marketplace, boosting British business and making a real difference to our everyday lives. The vision is to create a coherent quantum technology community that gives the UK a world-leading position in the emerging multi-billion-pound new quantum technology markets, and to substantially enhance the value of some of the biggest UK-based industries. The programme supports investments in research, innovation, skills and technology demonstration to help UK industry to commercialise these new technologies.
Following on from the three previous national quantum technologies showcase events, the 2018 event will demonstrate the technological progress arising from the national research programme, its relevance to commercial sectors and the collaborative nature of the programme involving academia, industry and government partners.
The 2018 Showcase is being organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in collaboration with Innovate UK, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the National Network of Quantum Technology Hubs and the other National Programme Partners.
Register your attendance here - please note this event is not suitable for educational or public attendance.
21-23 March 2018
Visit the event website for more informatiion:
Wednesday 22 November 2017
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3EE
The National Quantum Technologies Programme is a UK government initiative designed to foster the translation of quantum science into commercial technological applications, with the aim of boosting the UK economy and resulting in demonstrable effects across all spheres of everyday life. The 2017 showcase event will demonstrate the technological progress arising from the national research programme, its relevance to commercial sectors and the collaborative nature of the programme involving academia, industry and government partners. The 2017 Showcase is being organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in collaboration with the National Network of Quantum Technology Hubs and the other National Programme Partners: Innovate UK, BEIS, National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). For your free ticket and to receive updates on the event, including information on the finalised programme for the day please register your details at:
Please note this event is not suitable for educational or public attendance
03 November 2016
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Board Sanctuary, London SW1P 3EE
University of Birmingham
20 - 22 September 2016
The Science and Innovation Conference of the UK Quantum Technology Hubs
St. John’s College, Oxford
28-30 September 2015
Launch of the National Physical Laboratory’s Quantum Metrology Institute
National Physical Laboratory, Hampton Road, Teddington TW11 0LW
5 November 2015, 12 – 4pm
We invite people in business, academia and government with an interest in quantum technologies to attend the official opening of the Quantum Metrology Institute at the National Physical Laboratory. The event will provide an opportunity to hear about our exciting work, meet our scientists and see our laboratories, as well as to meet NPL’s new Chief Executive Dr Peter Thompson.
The QMI plays a central role in the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme (UKNQT), providing the measurement validation that helps prepare products for market. The Institute brings together all of NPL's leading-edge quantum science and metrology research, providing the expertise and facilities needed for academia and industry to test, validate, and ultimately commercialise new quantum research and technologies