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QUantum Electronics Science and TECHnology training

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - QuESTech (QUantum Electronics Science and TECHnology training)

Reporting period: 2018-01-01 to 2019-12-31

"Quantum Electronics deals with the physics of electronic circuits or devices in which electrons behave as quantum objects, either due to small dimensions and/or due to external conditions. Quantum Electronics provides an innovative and multidisciplinary framework for training young researchers with excellent prospects for a career either in industry or in academia. The “Quantum Electronics Science and Technology training” project, with acronym QuESTech, creates a European network of experts providing challenging, state-of-the-art training for young researchers in the general field of experimental, applied, and theoretical Quantum Electronics.
The overarching science and technology goal of our research programme is to build, study, and qualify quantum electronic devices. The widely announced forthcoming ""second quantum revolution"" makes it extremely timely in terms of research, and also training, as a new generation of “quantum scientists” is needed.
""Long-term nanoscience research will play a key role by offering alternatives such as spin electronics, molecular electronics and quantum computing."" This statement from the ""e-vision 2020"" document from the EC-funded ENIAC European Technology Platform states that improving our conceptual understanding of quantum electron transport at the nanoscale is needed for enabling the emergence of “Beyond C-MOS” nanoelectronic devices. In 2016, the Quantum Manifesto has established the need for advances in the quantum engineering of devices with new functionalities, which will be one of the objectives of the forthcoming Flagship initiative on Quantum Technologies. The QuESTech consortium has identified several major challenges in the advancement of Quantum Electronics towards applications. By addressing these, QuESTech will provide both a deeper fundamental knowledge of Quantum Electronics as well as a firm basis for the development of innovative quantum devices.
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We have recruited in time all Early Stage Researchers. All the PhD projects started in 2018.
The project website https:/www.questech.org is public.
We organized the summer schools ESONN’18 and ESONN'19.
The first Special Training Session on scientific presentation took place in San Sebastian, Spain. The second Special Training Session on scientific writing was organised in Konstanz, Germany. The third Special Training Session focused on Interpersonal communication at work; Gender equality in science careers; and
Career prospects for scientists in the private sector, and was held in Grenoble, France.
There have been six publications in 2018, and eight in 2019. They are in open access.
During the first reporting period, we have submitted 24 deliverables and we have reached 13 milestones.
The QuESTech consortium trains young researchers in Quantum Electronics Science and Technology in order to address socio-economic needs. The diverse expertise, unique facilities, and outstanding courses made available by QuESTech participants mean that QuESTech ESRs benefit from a research and training environment of outstanding quality to develop their skills.
As their research topics are at the forefront of quantum scientific research, ESRs will be authors of high-profile publications. We anticipate at least two journal publications and two contributions at an international conference per ESR in the course of his/her research project within QuESTech.
All QuESTech ESRs will contribute yearly to an open scientific event. They will also participate once a year in a lab visit by the general public, at his/her own group or other premises.
QuESTech ESRs have made a professionally edited video explaining their research in plain terms to showcase the importance of Quantum Electronics, and will create a second one in the course of 2020.
QuESTech has a Twitter feed maintained by the Coordinator and the PMO. The QuESTech ESRs maintain a blog, which they regularly update with scientific information about their progress in training and in research. QuESTech has a LinkedIn group.
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